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Tom Greenall


  • Tom Greenall, London-based architect and Associate Director at DSDHA, is a Tutor in Architecture at the Royal College of Art, where he teaches in Studio ADS4.

  • Biography

  • Tom Greenall has completed award-winning buildings with DSDHA, whose Christ College Secondary School was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2010. He has taught Architectural Design Studio 4 (ADS4) at the RCA since 2011. Tom studied architecture at the University of Sheffield and the Royal College of Art, qualifying as an architect in 2011.

    His graduating project from the RCA was awarded the Will Alsop Award for Urbanism and earned Tom a place in Building Design magazine’s ‘Class of 2009’. With his thesis project, Tom focused on the conflict between religious architecture and contemporary cultural expression and was subsequently commissioned by the writer and philosopher Alain de Botton to collaborate on Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion, a new book concerned with secular society. The book contained designs for a number ‘secular temples’, realised only through illustrations, renderings and models, but examined in surprising detail through extensive conversations with the author. Tom’s work for De Botton was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2012.

    Between 2009 and 2010, Tom collaborated with architectural practice SCDLP and director Michael Hunt on a production of Fidelio, Beethoven’s only opera. The site-specific piece was performed by the Perm State Opera and Ballet Company – one of Russia’s oldest and most important opera houses – in Perm-36, a former Russian Gulag camp and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The production was awarded the Perm Regional Prize for Arts and Culture in June 2011.

    Tom was made an associate director of London-based architectural practice DSDHA in 2013. His work has been published in over 20 languages, he has exhibited internationally, and has written for both Building and Building Design magazines.  

    Tom has acted as a visiting critic at a number of UK institutions and taught at London Metropolitan University before joining the RCA in 2011.


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  • Practice

  • Tom Greenall’s approach to design is underpinned by a strong engagement with research, which he has explored across a range of scales and disciplines, from landscape design and urbanism to set design and illustration. Since 2005, Tom Greenall has worked with award-winning architects DSDHA, becoming an associate director in 2013.

    Tom’s experience covers a range of scales and sectors, from landscape design for the Royal Albert Hall to the masterplanning of Loughborough Junction, and from residential schemes in Fitzrovia to education projects in Sheffield and Doncaster.

    Tom’s first completed building, the Canon Popham Foundation Unit in Doncaster, represented a continuation of the practice’s investigation into design for early years education and was honoured with an RIBA award in 2008. The building’s carved form is a carefully articulated response to both the existing context and the requirements of the brief, while simultaneously addressing the environmental ambitions of the client. The building is entirely clad in a single material to further abstract the form, reinforcing the impression that the building has been crafted from a single piece.

    More recently, Tom has been involved in a number of urban design and public realm projects, including a new sculptural entrance to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, a masterplan for Loughborough Junction (both commissioned by the London Borough of Lambeth), and a new public realm and interpretation strategy for the Royal Albert Hall – a project that resulted from a research fellowship undertaken for the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

    Independently, Tom has undertaken a number of commissions for a diverse range of clients, including the Old Vic Theatre, the Perm State Opera and Ballet Company, the Architecture Foundation and writer Alain de Botton.
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  • External collaborations

  • Collaboration is a core feature of Tom’s work at DSDHA. In 2015, Tom collaborated with LDA Design (landscape) and Turner Prize nominated artist Nathan Coley on a design for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

    Since 2011, Tom has been working with both the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 on an urban design scheme to transform the space between the Hall and Albert Memorial.

    In 2010, Tom Greenall collaborated with SCDLP Architects, director Michael Hunt and the Perm State Opera and Ballet Company on a site-specific production of Beethoven’s Fidelio, performed in Perm-36 – a former Gulag. 

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Selected work