Thomas began his architectural career at practices in Houston in the United States. He has gained considerable experience working on transport, headquarters, hospitality and mixed-use projects in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and China. His wide-ranging expertise has seen him involved from the early competition or feasibility stages through to the submission of planning submission on many of these projects.
Thomas’s master plan and mixed-use experience includes a number of key projects from his time at KPF prior to the formation of PLP Architecture. These include Dewar Place Masterplan (Exchange 2) in Edinburgh, the White City Masterplan competition in west London, the large scale Varesine urban regeneration programme in Milan, and a new 450ha urban masterplan in the Middle East which will create a number of new communities featuring residential, commercial, cultural, educational and recreational facilities.
One of his most notable urban planning projects is the Victoria Transport Interchange masterplan which in 2009 achieved planning consent to comprehensively redevelop 2.5 hectares of land around a key London transportation centre. This master plan was created to transform one of London’s busiest intermodal transport hubs, reconnecting it with its surroundings and creating a modern gateway to Central London and a destination in its own right. He later led the facade design package coordination on the Francis Crick Institute, a world-class scientific research building adjacent to St Pancras Station in the heart of Central London.
With his expertise in historic buildings, Thomas regularly provides input on projects throughout our studio by researching site history, development timeline and context analysis. He advises on the heritage significance of existing buildings and assesses the impact of proposed interventions on the built environment. This input is invaluable when consulting with statutory bodies and presenting proposals to local authorities and neighbours.
Thomas is currently helping to lead the design of 90 Long Acre, a mixed-use development that will create a new urban landmark at an important civic junction between Long Acre and Endell Street in Covent Garden in the City of Westminster. The project combines a residential building and contemporary office building with ground-level retail on all four sides, a new urban pocket park and a new public space at the intersection of Long Acre and Endell Street that extends the public realm.
Thomas studied architecture at Rice University in Houston where he earned a Bachelor of Art in Architecture degree and later a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He has recently completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in the Conservation of Historic Buildings at the Architectural Association, covering both the philosophical and practical sides of building conservation.