Troy Schaum
Associate Professor
Director of Totalization


Troy Schaum is an Associate Professor at the Rice School of Architecture, where he was the 2008-2010 Wortham Fellow. He is also a partner in SCHAUM/SHIEH, where his design and research interests focus on new possibilities for form, representation, and politics in the post-megalopolitan city. Troy has extensive experience building at a range of scales; prior to his position at Rice and the founding SCHAUM/SHIEH, he was a project architect at OMA New York responsible for the design of Cornell’s Paul Milstein Hall and has also worked at LTL Architects and Studio Daniel Libeskind, both in New York, and Jim Jennings Architect in San Francisco. Troy holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton and a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, where he was the Donald and Joanna Sunshine Alumni Travel Fellow.

Schaum is the Director of the Totalization Studio program at Rice Architecture. He is also the editor of Totalization: Speculative Practice in Architectural Education, (Park Books 2019) whose contributors explore the status of expertise in the formulation of contemporary practice.

SCHAUM/SHIEH, Troy Schaum’s practice, has a particular interest in the city at the scale of the building, both as a site of theoretical experimentation and as a reality that may be transformed through building. This work unfolds at a range of scales, with completed projects in Detroit, New York, Houston, and Virginia. Recent and ongoing work includes a masterplan for the Judd Foundation and a restoration of the Chamberlain Building for the Chinati Foundation, both in Marfa, Texas, the headquarters for an arts institution in Houston, and proposals for a residential tower on Park Avenue in New York City. SCHAUM/SHIEH was a finalist in the 2017 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, named one of the 2016 New Practices New York by the AIA, and awarded as one of the Architectural League’s 2019 Emerging Voices. Schaum’s built work has received several AIA design awards. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, MoMA, Art Prize in Grand Rapids, the Storefront For Art and Architecture, Harvard GSD, Yale SOA, University of New Mexico, and the Center For Architecture in New York and published in many journals including: Architect’s Newspaper, Texas Architect, Dezeen, Domus, Architect and Architectural Record.  

Schaum is NCARB certified and licensed in New York, California, North Carolina, and Texas.


  • M.Arch., Princeton University
  • B.Arch., Virginia Tech

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