Tom’s move from Canada to New Zealand opened his eyes to how the transit-oriented development trends of North America can really get New Zealand’s cities moving. With many years of experience providing comprehensive plans for walkable, mixed-use communities in Canada, Tom relocated to lead Urban Planning & Environmental Services teams in New Zealand.
Planning is a ‘long-game’ that has the potential to dramatically shape how communities grow and develop. One of Tom’s projects involved regenerating a former municipal airport in Edmonton into a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly, low-carbon neighbourhood for 30,000 people, all served by light rail transit. He brings this knowledge and expertise from Edmonton to New Zealand, where the global learnings can be reapplied to help local planning processes.
If Tom’s not travelling to visit clients or his team then he’s travelling to explore this corner of the globe. He’s a keen observer of people and a dedicated street photographer, so out of work you’ll find him with a camera in hand.