Tom has practiced, researched and taught architecture since 1973 in Australia, Canada, Africa, China and The Middle East. Between 1983 and 2003 he was a Professor in Architecture at Dalhousie University and served seven years as Dean of Architecture and Planning (1997-2003). Tom’s urban and architectural projects emphasize environmentally responsible planning, urban design and architecture, focusing on sustainable systems integration. He has extensive successful experience in directing complex interdisciplinary teams to reach integrated results in tight time frames and budgets. He is appreciated by colleagues and clients for his strong capacity to communicate planning design ideas using evocative graphics that guide team strategies and actions.
In community-oriented projects Tom works with a variety of sustainable planning and design approaches, including stakeholder workshops, and neighbourhood meetings. He collaborates with clients and teams to determine priorities for planning, urban design and architecture, including environmental, economic, and social criteria. Tom’s experience includes residential, mixed-use, commercial, education and recreation buildings as well as campus and neighbourhood scale planning and urban design. Fully supported by his firm TEAL Architects+Planners, Tom is currently involved in a wide variety of mixed-use, residential and commercial and institutional projects that focus on the emergence of mid-rise wood construction.