Tom Klaber originally studied to be an actor. He turned his back on the stage after taking an architecture course and becoming fascinated with the power that space had to affect people.
He started his career at BKSK, before moving to work as a senior designer and project architect specializing in high-end residential projects at The Turett Collaborative. He then moved to Gabellini Sheppard as a project architect and manager of information systems. He left Gabellini Sheppard to found KDA in 2017.
He was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi medal for architectural leadership and promise of professional excellence in 2010. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College. He then studied at the University of Melbourne, and Columbia University before getting his Masters of Architecture at the Parsons School of Design, where he graduated with honors. Tom Klaber is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction in 2011 and is a licensed Architect, registered in New York State.