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Tom Ancona is the Creative Strategies at Ancona + Associates, inc.
Tom Ancona has over 25 years of international experience designing and directing large-scale interdisciplinary projects for government, cultural, and corporate clients. Tom approaches his work from both a narrative and design perspective, weaving rich and engaging stories through dimensional environments.
Mr. Ancona’s experience consists of two eras. For the first 17 years of his career, his focus was on the planning and design of cultural attractions. From 1980-85, Tom worked at several prominent architecture and design firms in New York and Boston. At Cambridge Seven Associates, he led the exhibit design efforts on numerous museum projects that ranged in topics from submarines to basketball, tennis and football.
In 1986, he moved west and established Ancona + Associates, inc. For 11 years he operated an exhibit planning and design firm located in the South of Market district of San Francisco. In 1997, he was recruited as Global Creative Director of Nike Retail, a move which brought him to Portland, Ore., and subsequently launched his work in the commercial sector. At Nike (1997-99), he was responsible for leading a group of 60 designers and managers, and directing the design of seven Niketown stores around the world.