Why Choose a Small Practice?

Architecture practices come in all shapes and sizes. There are a whole range from one-hundred person companies, thirty-person design practices, five-person teams and architects working alone. The one person practice is the only place where the person you speak to at the start will be the same as at the end.

Large Practices employ ‘Project Architects’, the individual employee tasked with following the project from start to finish-except that in a large practice that’s not always possible. When architecture projects take several years to complete, projects are often passed back and forth amongst a team. Projects can be neglected and details can slip through the gaps failing to reach their full potential. That key element that made a design special can be easily forgotten when the design is passing through multiple pairs of hands.

Often practices grow out of the sole practitioner model. But staying small has advantages too. Small is nimble, flexible and innovative, ensuring a focus on quality and innovation rather than quantity and cash flow. Smaller means less overheads- Sole practitioners often operate under the VAT threshold – saving you 20%.

This means you’re getting much more ‘bang for your buck’ when you hire a sole practitioner. Your money goes further and you’re getting more design time for every pound you spend- and this is a good thing. All design gets better when more time is spent refining the details, ensuring every last junction is considered and ‘just right’.

I enjoy seeing projects through from start to finish, from making the key architectural moves to translating them into the tiniest detail and the nitty gritty of helping clients choose their kitchen work top material or bathroom tile. I have less demands on my time being a manager which frees up time to be creative and to create fantastic projects- which is what I enjoy. I enjoy considering how the play of light on a material can create a seductive atmosphere, or how the window reveal can be made ultra slim to reduce visual clutter framing a key view.

“Creative persons differ from one another in a variety of ways, but in one respect they are unanimous. They all love what they do. It is not hope of achieving fame or making money that drives them: rather, it is the opportunity to do the work that they enjoy doing.”
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Creativity

Whatever the size of the practice you go to, when you work with an architecture practice, you are starting a conversation about the way you want to live and the specifics of the place you are in. Let that conversation be with a sole practitioner, one person working for you – your friend and guide, helping you through the process and creating a space unique to you.

About Me  

Architecture should be uplifting and memorable, it should feel permanent and durable. It should be relevant to its place, framing key views and oriented to the climatic conditions, bringing natural light deep within. I am committed to producing unique and memorable spaces and are a delight to inhabit.

Tom Parsons is an ambitous and creative young architect with a growing portfolio of impressive extensions, renovations and new homes. 

Prior to working alone Tom gained experience at award winning design-led architecture practices in London. At Panter Hudspith Architects, a practice known for designing sensitive additions to historic contexts, Tom worked on the RIBA and RICS award winning redevelopment of the Oxford Westgate Shopping Centre. Following this Tom worked on the large West Grove South ‘mixed-use’ development in Elephant and Castle. West Grove South was a finalist for the ‘Best Large Housing Development’ Brick Award and received a Commondation for the ‘Urban Regeneration’ Brick Award.

At ‘Grand Designs’ famous Carl Turner Architects Tom lead a hands-on build of the an office fit out project and then the technical design of a large new build home on a back-land site in Hove. At Burgess Architects Tom was brought in as project architect for a new-build timber frame eco-house in Horsham and a high-spec loft conversion project in Fulham. Tom also worked on a series of other unique residential projects in South London and heritage settings in Dulwich.

Tom recieved a Distinction at The Royal College of Art, the world’s number one art and design university, and was tutored by the Jamie Fobert Architects, award winning architects of the Tate St Ives and current National Portrait Gallery redevelopment. Tom was also tutored by digital fabrication researcher Guan Lee, film maker Clara Kraft and Satoshi Isono of Universal Design Studio at Grymsdyke Farm.

Prior to the RCA Tom recieved a First Class BA(Hons) Architecture from The University of Sheffeld and completed his professional accreditation at the University of Westminster.

Tom has taught Architecture at the University for the Creative Arts and The University of Sheffield at Post Graduate Level.

After four and a half years growing a portfolio of work as a self-employed ‘sole trader’, Tom has establised T Parsons Design Ltd in September 2021

T Parsons Design Ltd.
Company number 13615293

07855 140502

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