Garry Thomas

Garry Thomas

Hereford, GB



Architect Garry Thomas, former design director at RRA Architects for 14 years, launched Thomas Studio in 2016: a new design studio now  his own label.

Garry Thomas RIBA is recognised as a master architect of  his generation. Garry was born in Herefordshire and is the son of a long lineage of farrier blacksmiths. His design influences range from the  arts and crafts, shaping and making in metals, to modernism and the  civic-life of cities. Garry studied architecture at the Architectural  Association, where a studio approach to architecture enabled him to  study with Alejandro Zeara-Polo and Farshid Mousavi of FOA.

In London his design for the headquarters of Overbury Plc. pioneered a new  approach to the refurbishment and upgrade of a 1950’s concrete framed  office building (completed in 1997) adjacent to Oxford Street. Later  projects included: Journey Zone for Ford UK as part of the Dome 2000  celebrations, with exhibition and interpretation spaces capturing the  imagination at Greenwich during the millennium; Dartford Crossing, a  150k sqft warehouse and office development complex for Lendlease; and,  Virgin megastores in Greece.

Having spent nine years in London, working for some of the countries leading practices, such as Imagination, Scott Brownrigg and Barr Gazetas, in 2002 he joined RRA architects. Becoming design director to the practice where his abilities soon established a 'contemporary history' with award-winning attention  to detail. He moved to RRA to oversee the design and construction of The Watersworks Museum, a Heritage Lottery Funded project wihtin a Grade 1 Listed Scheduled Ancient monument.

He proceeded to build a remarkable portfolio of experience, including an all-time top-25 Grand Design house, filmed by Channel 4's Kevin McCloud; the refurbishment of three 18th century townhouses in London; a house that was awarded a Wood Award; a contemporary art gallery to house notable works by Carl Andre; asustainable ticket pavilion for Hay Festival; a 21st century creation  of Skylon for the Herefordshire Enterprise Zone; the creation of several stunning contemporary houses in open countryside; and, a sublime tree-like steel and glass building set within a Grade 2 Listed ale house, located on the banks of the river Wye. Garry helped grow the RRA practice from a staff of 7 to 23, with offices in Hereford, Cheltenham and London, and projects throughout the UK. Working with clients such as the Crown Estate and Regents University London in  Regents Park, The Magic Circle at Euston, a sports complex for the Sikh community of Ealing, a new £25m FE masterplan for Herefordshire and  Ludlow College, and a traditional Oak garage to house the car collection for 'Hampster' the diminutive one on Top Gear.

Thomas Studio is founded on the principles of good client service, a professional approach, and of course: creating and making buildings.

Aside from practice Garry is also a Governor of Herefordshire and Ludlow  College, a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful  Company of Constructors, and the Worshipful Company of Farriers. He has  also mentored students at Cardiff, Bristol and is currently providing  tutoring for an RIBA part ii student at Oxford Brookes University.

Garry is currently collaborating with construction professionals on projects in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, the South West and London.

Historic collaborations carried on while at RRA include: a ticket pavilion with  Hay Festival and Oakrights and the Future Vision symposium with CABE,  English Heritage, the RIBA and local Councils in Herefordshire to sow  the seeds for a £900m regeneration of Hereford city centre.

Garry was formerly chairman of Hereford Civic Society, where he held office for  five years. Whilst chairman of the society Garry’s research into London’s Skylon, at the 1951 Festival of Britain, enabled him to discover new video material lost in the archive, which lead to the City of Hereford naming it’s new Enterprise Zone as: Skylon Park – the city where the original Skylon was manufactured, in 1951.

Thomas Studio is a: 'studio without walls'

'This is an important time in the evolution of my career, and I believe that  the creation of my own studio will help support clients in a more  professional way delivering better quality design. The new studio will  allow the many talented industry contacts and partners I work with to  focus on what they do best, providing excellent design, and delivering  projects on time and on budget.’

Garry Thomas RIBA 2017


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Thomas Studio, Herefordshire, Director

Director of Thomas Studio

Nov 2016 - current

RRA Architects, London, GB, Director

Design Director to the practice, with offices in London, Cheltenham and Hereford

Oct 2003 - Nov 2016

Imagination, London, GB, Architect

Project architect for projects for Ford UK. The Journey Zone - Dome 2000 Celebrations and the mini journey zone located on the Greenwich Peninsula.

Jan 1999 - Jan 2000


Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), London, GB, AADipl

Attended Dip 5 with tutors:- Alejandro Zeara-Polo and Farshid Mousavi of Foreign Office Architects FOA.

Sep 1993 - Jul 1995


Freeman of the City of London, Award

Freeman of the City of London


Conservation Award, Award

The Watershed, Hereford


wood award, Honorable Mention

Beechcroft House


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