Thomas E. Ash was born in Millville, NJ, the son of S. P. Ash. He received his Certificate in Architecture from Drexel Institute in 1907 and continued his study of architectural design at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art, where he received a certificate in 1911. He then entered the University of Pennsylvania's Towne Scientific School in the special course in architectural design, completing that in 1913 and winning the Cope Memorial Prize in 1914 for his design for a "Monumental Feature at the End of Broad Street." In the ensuing eight years (1913-1921) Ash would pursue a Beaux-Arts training under the direction of Paul P. Cret, cementing his connection to the Beaux Arts Society by winning seven medals in their competitions.
Ash's experience in architectural offices began during his student days, with 1905 to 1912 spent in the firm of Edward P. Simon. After graduation Ash continued to work for various firms: 1912 to 1917 as a draftsman in the office of John T. Windrim; 1917 to 1919 with Horace Trumbauer; and 1919 to 1921 with Paul P. Cret. In 1922 Ash launched an independent practice, but by 1930 he had entered the real estate business in association with Ralph Zane. During the latter years of the 1930s Ash was employed by the WPA in an office based at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Ash joined the AIA in 1921.
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- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Beaux Arts Society
- University of Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art
- Drexel Institute
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