Chairman Emeritus

Virginia Beach, VA


Beginning as a summer student in 1973, returning as an architectural intern in 1975, and going on to invest the following 41 years in his career with Clark Nexsen, Tom Winborne has been integral in the firm’s growth from 35 architects and engineers to more than 400 and in establishing key areas of market leadership. Tom has held multiple leadership positions within the firm, including COO and CEO. As Chairman Emeritus, Tom brings experience as an architect, designer, project manager, and principal-in-charge to the board, where he provides leadership and strategic guidance. Tom spent four years in Madrid as an architect and project manager leading design teams on more than 30 projects in Spain, Italy, Greece, Iceland, and Bahrain. Tom designed projects in Egypt and Jordan, making project presentations to our client, King Abdullah. Tom has more than 40 years of experience working within and leading the DoD market, during which time he developed our firearms training facility design expertise. This expertise led to projects with FLETC in Georgia, Maryland, and New Mexico; the FBI at Quantico and West Virginia; and numerous local law enforcement agencies. In 2008, Tom led a design team in completing the Squadron Operations Facility at Fort Bragg, our first design-build project for the DoD – a project that advanced Clark Nexsen as one of the first firms delivering design-build projects for the DoD. In 2006, Tom led our design team in completing one of the first sustainable projects for the DoD, the Squadron Operations Facility at Goldsboro Air Force Base.

Tom’s numerable accomplishments include hiring the first female architect who went on to become a shareholder; leading the first project fully designed in the metric system; leading projects winning four design awards in Aviano, Italy; leadership of early projects translated into Spanish, Italian, and Greek; and the first project drawn in CADD for the TRADOC Command and Control Facility.

A lifelong resident of Chesapeake, Tom is actively involved in advancing regionalism in Hampton Roads, serving on multiple boards including the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, the Old Dominion University Educational Foundation, TowneBank Chesapeake Board, Greater Norfolk Corporation, Leadership Hampton Roads, and the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design. Additionally, Tom is currently chair-elect for the Chamber of Commerce. Tom has been active within industry professional organizations such as the Construction Specifications Institute and AIA for more than 40 years, including serving as president of the Tidewater Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute.

Tom earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, and is one of many Hokie fans in the firm. In recognition of their commitment to the university and the College of Architecture, he and his wife, Nancy, were recently named to Virginia Tech’s distinguished Ut Prosim Society, established in 1986 to recognize donors who are leaders within the community of philanthropy that sustains the school.