Crowe received his Master of Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design in 1995, where his work was included in the 1994 Publication of Student Works. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture at North Carolina State University in 1986. There he received his AIA School Award and Certificate of Merit, and the Henry Adams Medal, awarded to the top-ranking graduate in the program. Crowe was the recipient of the Kamphoefner Scholarship in 1985.


Crowe joined Shafer Architects, PC as a Senior Project Architect in 1998. In that capacity, Crowe directed the design and production of several residential projects, including: 1200 North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago IL, Rural Estate in Barrington IL, House on a Pond in Glencoe IL, Grounded in Modernism in Long Grove IL, Tudor Revival in Highland Park IL, and North Shore Modern in Highland Park IL.

Since the formation of THOMAS SHAFER ARCHITECTS LLC in 2012, Crowe has been involved as Senior Technical Architect and Operations Manager in much of the work in the office, including: Rooftop Pied-a-Terre in Chicago IL (built), Homestead Redux in Lake Forest IL (built), North Paulina Penthouse in Chicago IL (built), Lake View Modern in Highland Park IL (built), Full Floor build-out at 9 West Walton in Chicago IL (built) and Garage Mahal in Joliet IL (unbuilt). Crowe also worked as Senior Construction Project Manager + Engineer on THOMAS SHAFER ARCHITECTS LLC's first design-built project with 3 Rabbits Design/Build + 3 Rabbits Development on Rabbit's Den in Highland Park IL (built).

Previously, Crowe worked at Peter Forbes and Associates in Boston as an Associate and Project Architect. Projects included several large residences in Maine, and retail facilities in Cambridge MA and New York City. Before moving to Boston, Crowe worked in Raleigh NC for two firms. At O'Brien Atkins Associates, Crowe was responsible for the design and production of large corporate headquarters for Sprint and MCI, an electronics laboratory for ABB on the North Carolina State University campus, and the Winston-Salem State University Student Union. At Burnstudio, PC, Crowe design and produced documents for several projects for not-for-profits in North Carolina. During his stints in Boston and North Carolina, twelve projects that Crowe worked on were honored with local design awards.

professional affiliations + activities

Crowe has been a member of the American Institute of Architects since 1988, and is currently a member of the steering committee of Custom Residential Area Network (CRAN) Chicago. While in North Carolina, he served as chair of the Education Committee of AIA Raleigh (1992-93). Crowe was an official mentor to younger architectural interns in North Carolina and Boston, has served on architectural juries at the Notre Dame School of Architecture, the Boston Architectural College, and the North Carolina State University College of Design, and has volunteered as a Thesis Advisor for Bachelor of Architecture candidates at the North Carolina State University College of Design. Crowe is a member of the North Carolina State Alumni Association and the Harvard Alumni Association

CIVIC + Charitable activities

As an invitee to the Highland Park High School 'Focus on the Arts' program in 2013, Crowe described the day-to-day activities and responsibilities of an Architect to students. In 2008, Crowe volunteered with Grunsfeld Shafer Architects to help rebuild homes near New Orleans that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina as part of the St. Bernard Project. Crowe is an interested and active community member involved with the ongoing redevelopment of the Little Italy and University Village neighborhoods on the near west side of Chicago, where he lives. Crowe combines his passions for urban life, cooking and gardening as a founding member, and a current board member, of the Maxwell Street Community Garden, which draws residents from neighborhoods of diverse ethnic backgrounds and socio-economic status. The garden affords him precious time to spend with his two children, whom his wife and he are raising "urbs in horto."