Thomas M. Gallas
Mr. Gallas is the Chief Executive Officer of a talented and award-winning urban planning and design firm. Under his leadership, Torti Gallas + Partners has gained international recognition as a firm dedicated to advancing the principles of the New Urbanism and Smart Growth to meet the challenges of our time. Torti Gallas has engaged with numerous urban centers throughout the United States and abroad, while maintaining its distinct familiarity with and decades long insight into the Washington Metropolitan Area. In the District of Columbia, Mr. Gallas has been instrumental in guiding more than one dozen Torti Gallas design projects through the District's Planned Unit Development approval process. Currently, Torti Gallas is the master planner and/or designer of over $1 (One) Billion of development currently underway or recently completed in the District of Columbia. Additionally, the firm has a long history with submissions to, and approvals from, the National Capital Planning Commission and the Commission of Fine Arts.
Mr. Gallas has extensive experience managing complex community revitalization projects involving diverse teams. His work in over fifty communities has led to the successful design and development of more than 19,000 homes for low and moderate income families. His involvement in assembling and managing proven teams focuses on achieving the goals set out by the clients and the communities in which they work. His in-depth familiarity in working with resident and community groups and addressing the range of possible revitalization options is of great significance in arriving at successful and transformative strategies.
His financial and management background provides Mr. Gallas with a deeply rooted appreciation and understanding of project management tools that are critical to keeping projects on schedule. His management expertise enhances his ability to coordinate the efforts of a broad cross-section of participants encompassing residents and community representatives, Client Staff, developers, planners, architects, engineers, financial, social and other expert consultants brought together to successfully plan and implement community revitalization strategies.
Mr. Gallas and his firm's focus on the "architecture of real estate" has provided an important catalyst for transformation in numerous cities and suburbs around the world. This has been particularly evident in the redevelopment of the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg Dwellings in Washington, DC. Working through a collaborative public process, Torti Gallas designed and developed a sustainable, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood that is fully integrated with its surroundings, leading to the complete reshaping of the Southeast Quadrant of the City between Capitol Hill and the Southeast Waterfront.
Mr. Gallas is recognized as a national leader in the design and revitalization of affordable housing. As testament to his leadership and expertise, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Gallas to the National Capital Planning Commission in 2016. He is serving a six-year term as the Presidential appointee representing the State of Maryland.
This recognition also prompted Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) to invite Mr. Gallas to be part of her committee on the reauthorization of the HOPE VI Program - the only person representing the design profession on the committee. In addition, Mr. Gallas authored a chapter titled "Creating the New American Community" in the book "Casa Y Comunidad, Latino Home and Neighborhood Design," edited by Henry Cisneros.
A LEED Accredited Professional, Mr. Gallas is a strong proponent of sustainable design and has been instrumental in incorporating sustainable design principles into the firm's projects. He has been a frequent speaker on sustainable design and affordable housing for such organizations as the Congress for the New Urbanism, the American Institute of Architects, the Professional Housing Management Association, The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Housing and the China Housing Fund.
Mr. Gallas' professional affiliations and education include:
• Commissioner, National Capital Planning Commission
• Member, University of Maryland Council of Advisors, Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development
• Member, University of Maryland Board of Visitors, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
• Member, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
• Member, Professional Housing Management Association
• US Green Building Council LEED AP BD+C
• University of Maryland Bachelor of Science, Accounting