Tom studied at Edinburgh University from 1975-1981. His early work in 1978 was in Tanzania establishing self build housing in the new capital and in 1981 on high rise commercial developments in Sydney Australia. in 1984 he worked on site at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, gaining invaluable construction knowledge. during the 1980's He designed hi-tech wafer production facilities and planned Scotland`s largest retail centre near Glasgow. from 1987 he worked in London and designed commercial and Office facilities in docklands, around the south east and then specialised in hotel design for holiday inn throughout uk.
In 1993, Tom took on the role of site based senior designer at Legoland Windsor for Hawaiian-based architects WATG inc.. Following completion he relocated to their London studio to design hotels and resorts throughout Europe Middle East and Africa. he progressed to be managing director, senior vice president and board member. While at WATG inc. Tom designed international competition winning projects for the Royal Opera House in Muscat and the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. His final work with watg was to design the winning entry for the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre . he then led the team on the masterplan and concept stage.
He formed his own practice in 2010 to design a range of projects including hotels, sports and leisure, residential , mixed use and educational projects - from concept stage through to completion.
MA Edinburgh 1980 ; Diploma in Architecture 1981 ; RIAS ; RIBA
Thomas Neale Russell - Chartered Architect ( ARB - 051278 H)