Thomas Barstow

Architect

Thomas is a creative problem solver. He loves to take a complex brief or a set of restrictive site constraints and find a solution that is both unique and beautiful.

As a visualisation specialist he is always thinking of different ways to represent information and help others to achieve something new.

He is also part of our Sustainability group and likes to bring long-term sustainable thinking to any work he is involved with.

If you weren’t in this career, what would you be?

I would be a classic adventurer in the 1930s surviving off book sales and photography. I’d visit unseen places all over the world and spend my time as a local; understanding different ways of living, building, eating, making etc. I imagine my life expectancy would be pretty low but it would be great while it lasted!

What’s the greatest invention ever?

Music and its perpetual reinvention.

Biggest career influence?

Probably building and making things with my dad as a child. The things I learned then – patience, lateral thinking and attention to detail – are some of my most important tools now.

Best book you’ve read?

Best? No idea. Most impact? A few…

Non-fiction: Reassembling the Social by Bruno Latour, or The Feeling of Things by Adam Caruso

Fiction: Generation X by Douglas Coupland, or Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household

Where do you see your career taking you?

My architectural passions lie in re-use and future-use. I have always been seduced by the simple beauty of quality buildings from the early 1800s to the late 1960s and believe that we should be utilising them in the best way possible today.  Reworking, refurbishing, and extending buildings of value is very important to me and I would like to see more projects like this.

I would also like to be involved in more projects that have long-term client investment; the future-use of our built environment is the key to global sustainability and – if building new – I believe we should be building with the next 500 years in mind.

Industry bodies

ARB registered