Founded by award-winning architect Sean J. Tobin in 2013, Tobin Studio | PLLC is one of the only classically trained traditional architecture firms in the Southeastern United States.


Tobin StudioPLLC is a small, client-oriented design firm. We provide design, management, and consulting services to our clients in their living and working environments. We specialize in residential and small office or tenant fit-ups. We work with our clients to help them realize their goals of creating a better environment in which they can live and work. Our services to clients range in scale and scope, and are customized to each client and each project.

Our relationship with each client begins at our initial phone conversation, and we strive to create a team from the very beginning, as we know the best projects are the ones where design principles, value, and communication are shared throughout the process. We treat each project as a story, a chapter in our clients’ lives. We are there to help provide a framework for the client to tell us what will happen in the next chapter of their lives, and we use our design skills and experience to realize that story.

The firm remains small by intention, with a limited number of projects at any one time in order to stay focused on the projects we have, and to manage our resources as efficiently as possible. We are firm believers in providing the best service that is needed, so with some projects we need to devote more time and detail than others. We may provide only sketches to some clients, and may do full construction drawings and shop for product selections on other projects. Our expertise and consultant relationships extend to all aspects of the projects, and we focus on providing the services that each client needs, or wants, us to provide.

We believe that our legacy will be defined in the buildings we design, the relationships that we foster, and the stories that will be experienced by our clients in the buildings and spaces we designed for them. To that end, we believe that all of our projects should be sustainable, and built and designed with a conscious awareness of the context around them, and an awareness of what is used to construct them.


About Us


Sean Jefferson Tobin
Principal, Founder

Architect | Sustainability Consultant | Husband, Father | Informationist | Entrepreneur

Sean has lived in Raleigh, NC since 2011, following stays in Albuquerque, NM, Savannah, GA, New Haven, CT and NYC, NY. He established Sean J Tobin, Architect in 2013, and formed Tobin StudioPLLC in 2015.

As an architect, his focus primarily on residential design and small commercial projects. He is passionate about sustainable design, and he tries to integrate high performance assemblies and sustainable materials during the project. He educates builders, owners and users of the projects about sustainable design, and also give public presentations on the subjects of architecture and sustainability. He and his family strive to keep a small footprint, and enjoy growing food year round in their yard.

As a consultant, Sean has supported other architects as a designer, drafter, or Project Manager, depending on the needs of the project. 

Finally, although he now focuses on smaller works where he can interact with the decision makers directly, Sean has over 20 years of experience in the architecture and sustainability fields, with project experience ranging from single family residential (both mid to high range), multi-family, commercial, higher education, elementary schools, health care, and government facilities.

In the past, Sean has worked for several award winning firms including the Central Park Conservancy, Ferguson & Shamamian Architects and Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City, Mark P. Finlay Architects in Southport, CT, Dawson Wissmach Architects in Savannah, Georgia, and most recently Merrick & Company, based in Colorado, where he lead a department of 35 architects and interior designers completing projects throughout the United States.

In addition to work and family, Sean teaches as an adjunct instructor at Wake Technical Community College, and has lectured at North Carolina State University. In the past, he taught at The University of New Mexico and the Savannah College of Art & Design.

Sean is a Registered Architect in 10 states, a LEED AP+ (Accredited Professional), and a Green Globes Professional. In addition, he is a volunteer Living Building Ambassador for the International Living Future Institute, and has studied Passive House certifications. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture & History of Art from Yale University, and a Master's of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame.


Open Positions

While we have no open positions at this time, we are happy to review submissions from people interested in the potential to work with us in the future.

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