Tom read architecture at Cambridge University. He qualified in 1996 while working for David Lea Architects in North Wales, a practice that specialized in combining low energy design and materials with a humane modernism in the Scandinavian tradition. Tom continues to stay up to date with the latest thinking on sustainable construction priorities such as low embodied energy, superinsulation, the reduction of indoor pollutants and breathability. Tom applies this knowledge to achieve very high levels of energy efficiency in his designs as a matter of course, often without recourse to obvious “bolt-on” technologies. In particular, he has used this approach in the design of a number of successful education projects to achieve low energy costs and excellent indoor environment while meeting tight budgets and programmes. Schools projects are a particular interest, as he believes that good design can make a really positive impact on young people’s experience of education.

Tom enjoys using texturally rich, long-lived, low energy (and often traditional) materials in a modern way, often informed by an excellent knowledge of historic construction techniques and details gained through work on various university, ecclesiastical and other historic building projects. He has taught Construction to students of the University of Cambridge School of Architecture and continues to act as a student mentor for the School.