director, bridges + structures , Knight Architects
Tom has specialised exclusively in bridge design for the past 11 years. As a Director at Knight Architects, Tom leads a team which works at a wide variety of scales – from national infrastructure schemes through to one-off bespoke structures. Regardless of the scale of the project, the team focuses on delivering appropriate, fitting design, through a clear understanding of the constraints and close collaboration with the client, engineers and fabricators. Often working on sensitive sites, Tom focuses on obtaining early stakeholder support by designing structures which blend structural logic, and thoughtful design with a strong, site-specific narrative. Tom’s team facilitate this by combing traditional sketching and model-making, with the latest in VR, parametric design and prototyping in order to develop unique designs which are both efficient and buildable. Since 2014 Tom has been on the IABSE Executive Committee, working alongside other bridge specialists from engineering, design and fabrication backgrounds to promote the ongoing education, collaboration, and development of the field. Tom has worked on several major schemes both in the UK and internationally, including being the project architect for the competition-winning €90m Kruunusillat Bridge in Helsinki, the concept design of the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf Crossing, London Luton Airport Gateway, as well as a continued involvement across a variety of roles with HS2. In 2018 Tom led a team to build a 70m suspended footbridge in Rwanda, for the charity “Bridges to Prosperity”.