Born and raised in Burnley, Tom opted to study architecture because in his words “our world is ever changing and constantly developing and consequently architects are needed to reflect and act upon these changes with their creative talents, skills and mind-sets.”
After high school Tom enlisted in the Army for six months. His time serving gave him great life experience but he had to leave due to the declining health of his mother. Staying closer to home, Tom started an apprenticeship in Fabrication Engineering at Gardner Aerospace in Burnley, building specific parts for aeroplanes and military aircrafts. Eventually Tom decided he wanted to be able to do something more creative that could have a real impact in the world, and he applied to study architecture at UCLan.
Sadly, during his first year of study, Tom’s mother passed away. Tom said: “UCLan were extremely helpful and supportive of me and showed consideration of my situation. I still pushed on and was lucky to come out successful on the course but UCLan has had a huge impact on me being where I am today and I am nothing but thankful to them.”
The three years at UCLAN has changed my life forever. I am such a better person and believe I have much more to offer to the world now. I would have been set with my life in Lancashire forever but even though I miss friends and family, there’s much more of a life out there for me now filled with many opportunities.
Currently Tom is working as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant at the international architecture studio, Foster & Partners, a company known for such projects as The Gherkin and Wembley Stadium.
Tom said: “Working at Foster & Partners has to be my greatest achievement, but the China experience was amazing in its own way; it’s hard to compare my two years of experience since graduating as they were both completely different but each individually valuable.”
He continued: “The three years at UCLAN has changed my life forever. I am such a better person and believe I have much more to offer to the world now. I would have been set with my life in Lancashire forever but even though I miss friends and family, there’s much more of a life out there for me now filled with many opportunities.”
Tom was made UCLan graduate of the Week on the 16/04/2015