As a strategic planner, urban designer and architect with a strong focus on resilient environments Thomas joined Buro Happold as a Sustainability and Cities Consultant in 2010.
He is a Project Manager and designer for integrated development planning, strategic planning, energy concepts, green industrialisation and corporate sustainability in Central Europe and beyond.
A key aspect of his work is enhancing the industrial consulting and sustainability offer including strategic and economic aspects. For the Buro Happold offices in Germany and Denmark he is also leading the work on various certification schemes including LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, Umweltzeichen Hafencity on the building and urban district scale.
Thomas studied architecture at Coburg University in Germany and urban planning at Tongji University in Shanghai and the MIT followed by a Masters degree with Distinction from Harvard University GSD. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard and gained practical experience in renowned international planning and design firms based in Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Stuttgart, Boston, Copenhagen and Hanoi prior to joining Buro Happold.
Thomas frequently speaks at universities on integrated urban and industrial development and talks at conferences with a particular interest on green urbanism and sustaining urban fabrics. As a co-initiator of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) together with Behnisch Architects, he is a member of the DGNB Technical Committee in charge of the integration of Mobility in its systems.
He also acts as an expert adviser to the DGNB on the implementation of its International Assessment System for commercial districts and industrial facilities.
Recent projects include the GIZ India Consultancy on the National Reference Document for Green Industrial Districts and the development of the “Game of Zones” for Industrial Districts.
He has been the Project Manager on the Regional Development Plan for the Kama Tri-City Conurbation in Russia, the Sleeping Giants study on the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, the Europacity Energy Strategy and the Blue Collar Green Consultancy for the German Development Corporation.
He has also led a number of building and district certifications including the HumboldtHafenEins DGNB Platinum project – currently the greenest new office development in Germany, the 43 storey Torre Sanpaolo LEED Italia Platinum, the Segreen Business Park LEED Platinum certification, the Sony Center Berlin DGNB Gold for Urban Districts Assessment and BREEAM projects in Germany and Luxembourg.