Tom read architecture at Cambridge University. He qualified in 1996 while working for David Lea Architects in North Wales, a practice that specializes in combining low energy design and materials with a humane modernism. 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 returned to Cambridge in 1998 to join Freeland Rees Roberts Architects, working with a number of Cambridge Colleges, and was invited to become an Associate of the practice in 2000. He joined Patrick Ward and Rowan Haysom in 2005.

His interest in texturally rich, long-lived, low energy, often traditional materials, has inspired him to extend his knowledge of building conservation through various university, ecclesiastical and other historic building projects. He has gained a detailed knowledge of the historical and contemporary use of timber both in structural carpentry and joinery. Tom has worked as project architect for many clients with important historic buildings, modern development needs and the inevitable negotiations with regulatory bodies that result; He has also taught Construction to students of the University of Cambridge School of Architecture.