Tom Cullins

Tom Cullins, a fourth-generation Vermonter, started painting and photography as a young child. This passion for art led him to the profession of architecture.

After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1967, Tom went on to the Graduate School of Design's Master Class in Architecture at Harvard University. In 1968, he moved back to Burlington to pursue architecture and, in 1976, became a senior partner at TruexCullins Architects. Over 40 years, he designed numerous award-winning buildings locally, nationally and internationally. For four years, Tom left his Burlington firm to head a 50-person, international architectural firm in Athens, Greece, designing major projects throughout the Middle East. He rejoined the Burlington firm as a senior partner in 1990 and retired in 2006. 

Throughout his architectural and retirement years, Tom also pursued his lifelong passion for painting and photography, winning 18 national photography competition awards from the American Institute of Architects and exhibiting his paintings both locally and in Greece, where he has summered with this family since 1994. 

Tom's paintings range from representational to abstract and, although he is mainly a watercolorist, his recent work is in multiple mediums. During recent residences at the Vermont Studio Center, he created small, abstract, wood sculpture that reflects both his architectural eye and his abstract, geometric painting.