Ashley Thomas


Milan-based Associate Ashley Thomas joined Whitby Wood soon after its founding in 2016. His driving force is to create new and exciting spaces anywhere in the world by collaborating with engineers, architects and clients, and making full use of the latest technologies.

“Always looking for a different way of doing things and typically the first to try out a new approach to test if it’s worth pursuing further”… Ashley is our Digital Workflows and International Collaboration Development lead. As well as involvement in Italian schemes, he works closely with teams in India, Serbia, Singapore and Dubai on workflows and manages resourcing on UK projects.

He specialises in using digital tools and package management, such as Revit and BIM, to deliver efficient early stage design. His extensive experience covers reinforced concrete framed structures, with 3D detailing, and a range of other construction materials including plywood and steel. He has used his in-depth technical knowledge to write practice guidance notes on concrete frame buildings, for both typical and non-typical design elements, analyse complex shapes susceptible to vibration, and help with creating standard templates for design and QA processes. He loves applying new technologies, reviewing and monitoring engineering design processes for opportunities for improvement.

Away from his desk, Ashley enjoys rock climbing and hiking. He has tutored Central St Martins architecture students on the technical aspects of buildings. A hard-working passionate engineer, skilled organiser, problem solver and collaborative team leader, with more than eleven years’ experience in the design and delivery of complex projects, large and small — including The Arc, a 22 storey office and residential tower with double storey basement, for which he is project manager.

He was also project engineer for the four-tower residential Queen’s Quarter, incorporating a partially retained and adapted two-storey basement below high rise structures ranging from 13 to 35 storeys. Other projects include the 11-storey residential project Veneer Court, the tallest and final significant phase of the One Vinyl Square Masterplan on the site of the former EMI factory in Hayes, Middlesex.

He was in the New Normal team, finalists in the Davidson Prize 2021, designing Com-View-Nism — an ingenious pop-out window extension for a home-working workspace constructed from sustainable materials.

Ashley’s projects include …
Trundleys Road student accommodation, Deptford, London, UK
One Ashley Road, part of the Tottenham Hale Regeneration Project
Queen’s Quarter, Croydon, UK
Kindred House, Croydon, London, UK
The Boiler House, Hillingdon, London, UK
King’s Cross Tapestry, London, UK
King’s Cross R6 and R3, London, UK

Awards …
— Institution of Structural Engineers Golden Jubillee Prize 2011

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