Tom Gerbo is SGA’s founding principal and has over 36 years of experience in the master planning, programming, design, project management, budgeting, scheduling, and construction administration of advanced manufacturing and R&D facilities. He has provided professional services for higher education, institutional, industrial and commercial facilities. Mr. Gerbo is an accomplished speaker and author of laboratory and manufacturing design principles. He has co-authored a Programming and Planning Guideline for Biotechnology Facilities. He was a member of the NIH NCRR-STRB grant review committee from 1999-2015. He is a LEED Accredited Professional.


Bachelor of Science Architecture, The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C., 1981

Research Facilities Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 1994

Architectural Registration
  • California, 1991
  • Arizona, 1997
Publications & Presentations
  • Thomas R. Gerbo, Ahmad Soueid, David Janes, “Current Design Trends For Nanotechnology Facilities,” Cleanrooms East Boston, MA, March 22, 2005
  • Thomas R. Gerbo, “Nanotechnology Facilities for the Future,” Southern Arizona Nanotechnology Cluster, January 20, 2005
  • Thomas R. Gerbo, David C. Gibney, Ken Filar (m+w zander), “Cause and Effect; Trends in Research Facility Design,” Buildings for Advance Technology Workshop II, Mesa Centennial Conference Center, Mesa, AZ, January 21, 2004
  • Thomas R. Gerbo, Ahmad M. Soueid, “Challenges in Integrating Nanoscale Biology & Electronics within a Cleanroom Environment,” Tradeline’s Nanotechnology Research Facilities and Labs Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 9, 2003
  • Thomas R. Gerbo, “Application Note An Eye on the Future: The Key to Successful Biotechnology Laboratory Design,” American Biotechnology Laboratory, Sept. 2003
  • Thomas R. Gerbo, “Biotechnology Facilities,” Arizona Bio Series, Arizona State University Research Park, Tempe, AZ, March 2003
  • Publication: BioPharm International Magazine, January 2003 “Reducing Costs by Facilities Design,” Leaford Blevins, Thomas R. Gerbo, AIA