Thomas Cherubini Celli, AIA


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 50 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. Mr. 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

Allegheny College, Tippie Alumni Center, Meadville, PA
Allegheny College, Henderson Campus Center Addition & Renovation, Meadville, PA
Alvernia University, Campus Center Addition, Reading, PA
American College of Sofia, Master Plan, Sofia, Bulgaria
American College of Sofia, Campus Center & Library Renovation, Sofia, Bulgaria
Bucknell University, Carnegie Building Renovation, Lewisburg, PA
Bucknell University, Demosthenean Hall Addition & Renovation, Lewisburg, PA
Carlow University, A.J. Palumbo Hall for Science & Technology, Pittsburgh, PA
Central Methodist University, Classic Hall Renovation, Fayette, MO
Central Methodist University, Campus Master Plan, Fayette, MO
Community College of Allegheny County, Facilities Master Plan, PA
Grove City College, MAP and Hicks Dining Hall Addition & Renovation, Grove City, PA
Indiana University of PA, Elkin Hall Renovation, Indiana PA
Lebanon Valley College, Neidig-Garber Science Center, Annville, PA
Lycoming College, Feasibility Study Physics and Astronomy Building, Williamsport, PA
Nebraska Wesleyan University, 21st Century Science Initiative, Lincoln, NE
Pennsylvania State University, Paterno Library & Pattee Library Addition, State College, PA
Robert Morris University, Campus Center, Moon Township, PA
Robert Morris University, School of Business, Moon Township, PA
Saint Francis University, The DiSepio Institute for Rural Health & Wellness, Loretto, PA
Saint Francis University, Science Center, Loretto, PA
Saint Francis University, Sullivan Hall Renovation & Addition, Loretto, PA
Seton Hill University, Administration Building Renovation, Greensburg, PA
The Sage Colleges, Buchman Pavilion Campus Center, Troy, NY
University of Mary, Campus Master Plan, Bismarck, ND
University of Pittsburgh, Hillman Library, Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh, Stephen Foster Memorial Feasibility Study & ADA Renovations, Pittsburgh, PA
William Peace University, Lucy Cooper Finch Library Addition & Renovation, Raleigh, NC


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
Pittsburgh Public Schools, Phillips Elementary School Toilet Room Renovations, Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Public Schools, Phillips Elementary School Lobby & Safety Renovations, 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, PA
Rodef Shalom Congregation, Temple Restoration, Pittsburgh, PA
Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Renovation, Pittsburgh, PA


Government Experience

Allegheny County, Clack Building #1 Renovation, Pittsburgh, PA
Pennsylvania Department of General Services, New Police Headquarters, Greensburg, PA
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
United States Postal Service, Open End Agreement, Various, 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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