Thomas was born and raised in San Diego. Growing from his love of Legos and the world of his imagination, he fixated on “building cities” around middle school. By high school, his fascination with science, literature and drawing led him to the field of Architecture, which felt like the perfect organic blend of his interests. He joined Platt/Whitelaw in 2002 as a high school intern under the mentorship of Alison Whitelaw. He worked at Platt/Whitelaw while attending NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD), ultimately earning a bachelor’s in architecture in 2006. Eventually, he taught sustainable design at NSAD which at the time was an exciting and emerging new approach to Architecture. Sustainability became so accepted, that it’s now built into California code. He was ahead of the pack. Thomas felt called to community service which led him to also volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
He loves designing buildings as it continues to provide challenges for critical thinking and creativity. He loves that in architecture, there is always a new problem to solve in an inspired new way. Thomas provides design, and project coordination services for all phases of a project. He interacts with subcontractors and engineers, city officials, state agencies and the owner/client.
In addition, he provides a pivotal role in our information technology and network services. He is excited about new technology and is always the first to suggest and introduce new technologies to the firm. Thomas is responsible for the realization of Platt/Whitelaw’s implementation of BIM through the phased addition of Revit seats and project analysis software to our CAD program. Thomas was made Associate in 2018, a well-deserved honor, and he is a California Licensed Architect.
He grew up camping and backpacking, and still loves getting out in nature. His currently enjoys his latest hobby, fixing up his Victorian-era home.