Tomas Smalley

Tomas Smalley

Palos Verdes Estates, CA, US



I am an accomplished Senior Architectural Designer with a substantial knowledge of interior design and depth of experience in real life construction. With 15 years of professional experience, I have a successful record in managing projects and developing teams that have designed unique residential properties, award-winning restaurants, exciting commercial spaces and inspiring office environments. I am a service-orientated team player with a “can do” attitude that gets results. 


• British National - US Permanent resident green card.
• Networking group member (Carl Terzian Assoc.)
• Member of British American Business Council
• Photography (South Bay photography club, Don Gale photography group)
• Member of the South Coast Botanical Gardens


Landry Design Group, Los Angeles, CA, US, Senior Job Captain

•Produced quality details and construction documents for projects in Los Angeles and Shanghai, China.

•Concept design and design development for entertainment spaces, pool and spa areas and recreation facilities of 200,000sqft new construction residential project in Shanghai. The residence was designed with a French Chateau aesthetic and included lavish accommodations for the owners’ extended family. The home included 3 theaters, a casino, numerous bars, a bowling alley, full-service spa, and a wine cellar with tasting room.

•Lead architectural designer responsible for a Mediterranean style 9500sqft bespoke construction single family residence in Palos Verdes Estates. Responsible for producing a program with the clients, understanding and explaining the city’s parameters and requirements and accurately sharing this information with the rest of the design team. Followed by coordinating and producing concept site plans, floor plans, and sections for discussion. These designs were then developed to include elevations and landscape plans for client presentation and city preliminary submittal.

Feb 2011 - Jun 2011

Houck Construction, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, US, Senior Architectural designer and Division Manager

•Responsible for all design and architectural plans for high-end residential and commercial projects.

•Managed projects from initial design phase to completion of construction.

- Created renderings for clients to see what final project will look like.
- Secured planning approval for clients.
- Created and managed project budgets.
- Negotiated strategic alliances with specialist contractors.

•Daily tasks included: recruitment of staff, leading and directing the work of the project team, and management of contract personnel.

•Office responsibilities: managed division expenses, equipment, marketing, printing, workflow strategies, and project delegation.

•Contributed to business development and marketing, including company branding project.

•Projects completed in: Beverly Hills, Hollywood, West LA, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Studio City, Rolling Hills Estates, Encino and Tarzana.

Oct 2006 - Apr 2010

AGA Design Group, Manhattan Beach, CA, US, Job Captain / Architectural Designer

•Created and developed conceptual new build and remodel designs for commercial, spec residential, custom residential, multi-tenant and condominium projects.

•Effectively managed design phase time line.

•Liaised with municipalities to collect, understand and then educate other members of the design team of planning parameters.

•Developed good architectural design problem solving skills, and furthered landscape design and plant knowledge.

•Produced and coordinated quality construction documents, liaised with city authorities and engineering professionals for building documentation and plan check approval.

•Responded promptly and accurately to construction and design phase contractor generated RFI’s.

•Attended site meetings during construction phase.

Oct 2004 - Oct 2006

GWC Design, Hermosa Beach, CA, US, Architectural Designer

•Site measurement, surveying and verification

•Preparation of base build drawings and CAD templates

•CAD Production and Coordination of construction documents, liaising with local city authorities and engineering professionals for building documents and plan check.

•Architectural detailing and Interior detailing

Nov 2001 - Oct 2004

Real Studios, Interior Architects, Aukett, London, GB, Contract - Interior Designer / Project manager

•Designed and managed interior re-fit of three London hotels each of about 200 rooms.

•Co-designer / originator of “art & tech” brand for Meridian hotel group.

•Designed the exhibit “The Legacy of War” at Daniel Libeskind’s Imperial War Museum of the North (Manchester, U.K).

•Lead production designer of Pearson Group publishing company European headquarters.

•Created plans for restaurant and lounge remodel of British Telecom Tower.

•Worked on redesign of London headquarters of Price Waterhouse and Coopers.

•Active in Aukett’s mentoring program of interns and new employees.

•Residential projects including redesign of a luxury town house.

Sep 1994 - Sep 2001


London Guildhall University, London, GB, Bachelors, Interior Architecture

Sep 1993 - May 1996

The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, GB, Bachelors, Industrial Design

Sep 1990 - Sep 1993

Areas of Specialization