Don Thomas

A visionary even among peers, Don’s creative eye saw the world from both the client and design perspectives. He was a master visioning session leader, exploring dreams and needs and then interpreting those intangibles into a visual reality. Don was also an advocate for the connection between design and individual’s mental health and wellbeing, whether for a patient in a behavioral health unit, a mother recovering from addiction, a student living with autism, or a staff member helping people who struggle with life’s challenges. He studied and presented findings on creating de-escalated healing environments, emphasizing interior design choices ranging from physical plant options to lighting. Don was named principal in 1998.