Thomas Merriman is a teaching professor in the School of Design and teaches courses in furniture design, form generation, and prototyping. His primary interest is in the process of reconciling design intent with the constraints of materials and process in the generation of form.
As a Research Fellow in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
, Merriman, in collaboration with his wife Constance, studies the role of the natural world in urban environments and the role of humans in the natural worlds. Current projects with the STUDIO include Community Forest, an inquiry into the role of woodlands as community and cultural assets, and Save Hays Woods
, a campaign to prevent the development of 635 acres of mature forest located in Pittsburgh just three miles from the city center. Merriman also collaborates with faculty from the School of Psychology at New York University to develop methods and instrumentation for studying motor skill development in infants.
Merriman previously worked for the U.S. Steel Corporation and was a partner of The Transit Shop, a co-operative furniture making shop. He continues to design and build furniture for private clients.
Merriman holds a BFA in Sculpture from Carnegie Mellon University.