VLK Architects Announces New Principal, Tom Oehler

VLK Architects is proud to announce the addition of Tom Oehler as Principal. With 30 years of experience in Central Texas, Oehler has previously served as Managing Principal, Director of Operations, K-12 Practice Director, and Vice President. He will serve as Principal-in-Charge for select clients in VLK’s Austin office.

“Tom joining VLK is an incredible addition to our firm that frankly I would have never conceived,” said Sloan Harris, CEO | Partner of VLK Architects. “His passion for education, his reputation in our profession, and his decades of dedication to his teams and clients epitomizes VLK's values. I'm very excited to have him on our leadership team as we continue to grow and innovate our practice.”

Oehler earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma. Since then, Oehler has managed business development responsibilities across education, commercial, workplace, and healthcare sectors. Within Oehler’s tenure, he has been instrumental in numerous successful projects and his expertise in the K-12 sector will provide VLK clients with excellent customer service and high-quality work.

Coming from a family of educators, Oehler is passionate about creating positive and lasting impacts on students and teachers and believes that learning environments play a large part in the creativity of students. His experiences bring a deep understanding of the importance of a successful learning environment for student success.

“I am excited to join VLK Architects as a new Principal,” says Oehler. “VLK has been a trusted leader in the educational design market for nearly four decades and has performed exceptional work for more than 100 school districts across Texas. They bring a trusted, client focused approach to their projects that delivers value while enhancing the educational environment. Their commitment to public education aligns perfectly with my passion in K-12 architecture to make a difference in the lives of the teachers, students, and the communities that our facilities serve.”