A registered architect and principal of Tom Fitzsimmons Chartered Architects based in London, Tom leads Year 2 and heads the development of the post-graduate Part 2 Master of Architecture (MArch) Course, as well as related MAs.
He came late to architecture, graduating from Edinburgh University after first obtaining a degree in English Literature and Social Anthropology from Rhodes University. He worked with the housing practice ARP Anthony Richardson and Partners for eight years and went on to become a Director of Edward Cullinan Architects. While there, he worked on the sustainably pioneering RMC International Headquarters (recently Grade 2 listed) and Fountains Abbey Visitor Centre, both given international and RIBA national and regional awards and widely published. He also participated in winning national invited competitions for Offices in Petershill (to the immediate south of St Paul’s Cathedral) and a Learning and Conference Centre for BP in Berkshire.
At the same time as starting his practice, he entered academia, joining De Montfort University as a Lecturer in Architecture, initially teaching on and developing the experimental undergraduate Architecture and Urban Studies Course at the Milton Keynes branch, and then going on to lead the MArch Course in Leicester as a Principal Lecturer. Under his leadership the MArch’s top students enjoyed sustained professional recognition, collecting awards annually, including RIBA President's Medal and 3DReid national prizes for Part 2 as well as regional ones. Its alumni benefitted from a high employment rate with architectural practices, including Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Make, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
Tom Fitzsimmons BA(Hons) MA DipArch ARB RIBA
Associate senior lecturer