Thomas Cherubini Celli, AIA


Architect Thomas C. Celli, AIA joined the firm in 1969 after graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and spending a year in St. Louis partnered his Pittsburgh firm with HOK. Tom is also a graduate of Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel, PA. He has been President of the firm since 1985. Throughout his 43+ years in practice, Thomas C. Celli has specialized in education and public building, historic preservation, restoration and new architecture and spiritual spaces. Thomas’ work is evident at large public universities such as The University of Pittsburgh and Penn State and visible at dozens of private, liberal arts institutions. His experience has enabled the firm to become advisors to college presidents on developing technological innovations for teaching, rebuilding business models and addressing student recruitment and retention needs. Celli has authored articles published in University Business magazine and in the Chronicle for Higher Education which are in concert with his expertise in the knowledge pool of American Liberal Arts.


Selected Experience (Partial List)


Higher Education Experience

Central Methodist University, Campus Master Plan, Fayette, MO

University of Mary, Campus Master Plan, Bismarck, ND

Alderson-Broaddus College, Campus Center Renovation, Philippi, WV

Allegheny College, Henderson Campus Center Addition & Renovation, Meadville, PA

The Sage Colleges, Buchman Pavilion Campus Center, Troy, NY

Alvernia University, Campus Center Addition, Reading, PA

Pennsylvania State University, Paterno Library & Pattee Library Addition, State College, PA

University of Pittsburgh, Hillman Library, Pittsburgh, PA

William Peace University, Lucy Cooper Finch Library Addition & Renovation, Raleigh, NC

Central Methodist University, Classic Hall (Music and Arts) Renovation, Fayette, MO

Robert Morris University, New Business School, Moon Township, PA

Grove City College, MAP and Hicks Dining Hall Addition & Renovation, Grove City, PA

Nebraska Wesleyan University, 21st Century Science Initiative, Lincoln, NE

Carroll University, Master Plan for the Sciences, Waukesha, WI

Lebanon Valley College, Neidig-Garber Science Center, Annville, PA

Lycoming College, Feasibility Study Physics and Astronomy Building, Williamsport, PA

Saint Francis University, The DiSepio Institute for Rural Health & Wellness, Loretto, PA

Saint Francis University, Science Center, Loretto, PA

Geneva College, Old Main Renovation / Engineer Building, Beaver Falls, PA

Allegheny College, Tippie Alumni Center, Meadville, PA

Seton Hill University, Administration Building Renovation, Greensburg, PA

Washington & Jefferson College, McMillan Hall Restoration & Renovation, Washington, PA

William Peace University, Old Main Restoration, Raleigh, NC

Pennsylvania State Erie, The Behrend College, Junker Center for Student Recreation, Erie, PA

Seton Hill University, McKenna Recreation Center, Greensburg, PA


K-12 Experience

Belle Vernon Area School District, Various Elementary Schools, Belle Vernon, PA

Canon-McMillan School District, High School Stadium & Track, Canonsburg, PA

Cathedral Preparatory School, Events Center & Stadium, Erie, PA

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Elementary School, Morgantown, WV

Mt. Lebanon School District, Senior High School Addition & Renovation, Mt. Lebanon, PA

Oakland Catholic High School, Physical Education & Performing Arts Addition & Renovation, Pittsburgh, PA


Religious Experience

Bellefield Presbyterian Church, Restoration, Pittsburgh, PA

Diocese of Greensburg, Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Renovation & Restoration, Greensburg, PA

Diocese of Pittsburgh, St. Paul Cathedral Addition & Renovation, Pittsburgh, PA

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, St. Joseph Cathedral Restoration & Renovation, Wheeling, WV

First Presbyterian Church of Greensburg, Existing Condition Documentation, Greensburg, PA

Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary & Education Wing Addition & Renovation, Mt. Lebanon, PA

Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Renovation, Pittsburgh, PA


Government Experience

Pennsylvania State Capitol, East Wing Addition & Renovation, Harrisburg, PA

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Architectural Consultant, Mon Valley Expressway Terminus Buildings, Fayette County, PA

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Design of EZPass Customer Service Center, Middletown, PA

Somerset County Courthouse, Renovation & Restoration, Somerset, PA

United States Postal Service, General Mail Facility & Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Harrisburg, PA

Westmoreland County, Westmoreland County Jail, Greensburg, PA


Civic Experience

Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council, Flag Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA

Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh, Health Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA

Ligonier Valley YMCA, Addition and Expansion, Ligonier, PA

Sewickley Valley YMCA, Renovation & Youth & Teen Center, Sewickley, PA


Commercial Experience

BNY Mellon, 500 Grant Street Office Tower, Pittsburgh, PA

Eat’nPark Hospitality Group, Six Penn Improvements, Pittsburgh, PA

Market Street Grocery Store, Pittsburgh, PA

Omni William Penn Hotel, Interior Renovation & Restoration of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Floors, Pittsburgh, PA

PNC Bank, Century III Bank Branch, Pleasant Hills, PA

PNC Bank, Moraine Point Plaza Bank Branch, Butler, PA

The Duquesne Club, Health & Fitness Center, Pittsburgh, PA

The Duquesne Club, Patio Restoration, Pittsburgh, PA

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Outpatient Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA



Bachelor of Architecture, 1967

Cornell University



Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Member and Former Hospitaller

Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh, Member, Board of Directors

Life’s Work of Western Pennsylvania, Past Member, Board of Directors

Urban League of Pittsburgh, Past Member, Board of Directors

Chaired the Commercial Division of the United Way Campaign 2000

Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, Past Member

American Institute of Architects Pittsburgh, “Search for Shelter” Program

National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Lineage Member

Pittsburgh History Center, Member, Board of Trustees

The Shady Lane School, Board of Trustees, Early Member 


Professional Affiliations

Campus Heritage Preservation Program, The Getty Foundation

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Past Member, Board of Directors

Academic Research Infrastructure Program (National Science Foundation)

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)

National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE)

American University in Bulgaria, Member, Board of Trustees

Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Presidents Institute Sponsor


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