Meet the Firm Ground Team

Tom Wasmoen, AIA

Principal & CEO

Tom is the managing principal of Firm Ground. He is a registered architect and interior designer with experience in the design of retail, commercial, office, hospitality, healthcare, multi-family, student and senior housing projects. Tom’s greatest strength may be his ability to blend architectural and engineering design services into a collaborative team with the owner and contractor in the design/build delivery system.

Having worked directly for national development companies has given him an owner’s focus and an understanding of what it means to create “Raving Fans” and deliver outstanding customer service.



Jeff Schuler, AIA

Project architect 

Jeff realized at a young age the impact the build environment can have on people. It is the desire to help improve people’s lives through their surrounding’s that has brought him to Firm Ground A&E. His diverse set of interests and experience working in and leading a team allows him to expertly help you realize your vision







Making a determined effort in mastering organizational skills, David finds this to be indispensable, since managerial duties encompass so many facets: setting team goals and expectations, providing resources, allocating assignments, and being better prepared for the events of the day.






Sarah Thuen

Interior Designer

Sarah graduated with a bachelors degree in Interior Design which grew from a passion for design. She enjoys the many markets and challenges that design gives her! Through her career she has gained great client relationships while working not only on corporate projects but also healthcare. Out of the box solutions and purposeful design is what she strives for!

Her love for traveling has given her a wide range of architectural and design diversity.  "While exploring the streets of Europe to the beaches of Mexico, I've come to see the creativity that design allows has no limits!"



Ryne Nichols

Job Captain

Ryne is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota where he received his Master's of Architecture.  His design interests lie within the movement of architecture; how one circulates through a space or site, the transitions between both programmatic and built elements, and creating a dialogue of how the building engages its larger context.  Ryne believes these relationships are essential to create an effective design that both achieves its program and is beautiful. 





Sophia jungbauer

Project designer

When Sophia was writing her collegiate senior paper on the American Dream, specifically looking at the impact of housing she became interested in the field of architecture. After graduating from Luther College with degrees in environmental studies and anthropology, Sophia continued her education through Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s Architectural Technology Program. Her background gives her an unusual perspective; she sees architecture as a tool for creating more sustainable and vibrant communities. Sophia joined Firm Ground’s team after interning with the City of Saint Paul’s Design Group and is excited to be working with clients while gaining a better understanding of how culture influences people’s needs


Jacob Perez

Project designer

After being inspired at a young age by family members in the residential building trades, Jacob pursued a certificate of residential carpentry at Northeast Metro’s 916 program.  This opportunity highlighted his love of technical details as it relates to the process of building and designing spaces.  At present Jacob is a recent graduate of Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s Architectural Technology program.  He’s excited to be a part of Firm Ground’s team as he brings a rich and diverse background of work experience, and is looking forward to refining the language of drafting to enrich and stream line client communications.




Marketing MANAGER

After spending many years simply admiring architecture from afar or through the lens of a camera, Gillian decided she needed to be surrounded by it on a daily basis.  With a background in photography, design, textiles and residential interiors; and having lived in cities like Chicago and Savannah, it was inevitable.  Having grown up in St. Paul, Gillian also brings with her a great passion for historic architecture.






Obettu’s love for art and buildings motivated her to go into Architecture. Her biggest goal is to help individuals and their environments through it. Having joined Firm Ground, she is now showing her abilities along with her love for family and interest in satisfying client’s needs.  She believes that each client is unique and has amazing ideas that just needs help bringing that to life.















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