THOMAS BITNAR, FAIA, CKA, LEED AP BD+C received his Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (’94). He was awarded a B.A. and an M.S. in Architecture from CVUT, Czech Technical University School of Architecture and Town Planning (’73) and an M.S. in Architecture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (’76). He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
THOMAS BITNAR has had forty-two years of extensive experience in architecture and urban design, has been an architecture educator for twenty-three years and is a twenty-five-year member of the American Institute of Architects. His background encompasses a broad range of projects in Europe and the United States. In 1990, he opened his practice, Bitnar Architects, with projects in Prague, New York, and, since 1997, the Pacific Northwest. Prior to that, Thomas Bitnar worked as a designer, job captain, and project manager for such prestigious American architecture firms as Hellmuth, Obata, Kassabaum, Perkins & Will, Spector Group. Before moving to New York, he worked with offices in Munich, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic.
THOMAS BITNAR has been actively teaching and lecturing in the United States and Europe since 1991. In 1995/6, he helped establish the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Liberec/TUL. As a visiting professor, he taught at TUL and the Czech Technical University/CVUT in Prague. From fall 2000 throughl fall 2009, he was an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Architecture, teaching architecture design studios at Montana State University School of Arts and Architecture. Thomas is Associate Professor of the Practice of North Carolina State University Prague Institute. In 2011, Thomas became Docent (the equivalent of Associate Professor in the U.S.) of the Technical University of Brno, Czech Republic. Thomas has lectured widely in the United States and Europe on American and European architecture as well as his own work.
THOMAS BITNAR's work in his private practice over the last twenty-five years illustrates his typological versatility and his ability to elevate the standards of architectural design through a blend of architecture traditions and a distinctly modernist approach, never losing sight of the culture, history and geography of the area. From the main office in Bozeman, Montana, Bitnar is currently working on a ten-acre urban plan for Spring Creek Development and continued expansion of the Village Downtown. Recent projects include the Cattail Condominiums and the Platinum Ridge Development, as well as a design for a "green-eco house" spec residence at the Yellowstone Club and two finalist designs (one jointly with the office of Robert A. M. Stern) for the Federal Courthouse in Billings, Montana. Other projects include a Medical Building, the WeeBee's Café, two luxury residences in Bozeman, and the $100 million Village Downtown development of townhouses and lofts. The Avis Car Rental facility in Bozeman won the 2007 AIA Montana Merit Award and the 2009 AIA Pacific Northwest Citation Award; the building was also featured in the New York Times. Thomas Bitnar has participated in thirty-five national and international competitions. His work has won numerous awards and has been published in the United States and the Czech Republic.
THOMAS BITNAR was 2012 President of the American Institute of Architects Continental Europe chapter, and past Board member and Section Director for Eastern Europe. He is a member of the Czech Chamber of Architects/CKA, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards/NCARB, and is a registered architect in four states and the Czech Republic. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and is certified LEED AP BD+C.