Thomas Rivard is an urbanist, academic, creative and architect. Now a senior member of the Urban Design team, he provides leadership and mentoring to graduates whilst helping to steer the long term strategic vision of the practice. As the director of renowned art collective Lean Productions, he maintains a collaborative work ethic as well as an artistic flare and passion for design. Tom has received a Bachelors Degree in Art History and Design from Dartmouth College (New Hampshire) and a masters of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches regularly in Sydney’s Universities and also coordinates the annual Urban Islands program. His work in the fields of architecture, public art, performance and media is dedicated to re-imagining the potential links between provocative cultural acts and the urban environments in which they thrive.