“When I was in class, I couldn’t understand what the teacher was saying so I would just draw. I remember drawing the skyline of New York City. Perhaps subconsciously that’s where it came from.”
And as Tom’s tenure at the multi-award winning Leers Weinzapfel would indicate, he’s certainly never looked back.
“Art is a beautiful and thought provoking endeavor but can be constrained to museums, concerts and other events, but architecture is something everyone comes face-to-face with daily. It can be more than just providing a functional space for people’s use; it has the ability to infuse people’s daily life with wonder and inspiration beyond shelter.”
Elevated to 2020 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellow earlier this year, Tom practices what he preaches.
He’s currently working on a nature-based preschool that encourages young children to appreciate and interact with the natural environment, and a mixed-use innovation centre for think tanks and coworking startups - which will also be Boston’s first significant mass timber building.
Most inspired when travelling and being in beautiful spaces, Tom feels most alive when he sees something beautiful - like his children doing something really special.
Tom’s work ethic is unquestionable, but the kind-hearted optimist has other values.
“If I could give my 18-year-old self some advice, it would be not to take yourself too seriously. I thought I knew everything back then, but the older you get the more you realise how much you have to learn.
“I’d like to be remembered not necessarily for what I do but how I was - as a good father and someone who cared about other people. If people close to me can say that at the end, that’s what’s most important.”