Tom came to architecture tangentially, co-founding 5th Studio in 1997 as a spatial design agency, working across the fields of architecture, urban design, infrastructure and landscape. He completed a PhD by practice at RMIT in 2014. His thesis will be published by Routledge in late 2016, defending a generalist approach to architectural practice.
In combination with practice, Tom is Professor of Architecture and Industry Fellow at RMIT University. He taught as a design studio leader for ten years at the University of Cambridge. He has been an external examiner at London Metropolitan University and the MARCH school, Moscow, and contributes to teaching at the London School of Economics Cities Programme and at Central St Martins.
Tom regularly contributes critical writing and opinion to a variety of media; he is a member of the Design Panel for High Speed Two, the Quality Panel for the Olympic Legacy Development Corporation and is a design advisor to the Greater London Authority.