Thomas Hillier was born and brought up on the Jurassic Coast. In 2004 he completed his BA in Architecture and Interior Design with a 1st Class Honours from Ravensbourne in London. In 2008 he received his MArch in Architecture with a Distinction from the Bartlett School of Architecture and was awarded the ‘Dean’s list for excellence in design’ under the tutelage of CJ Lim. His MArch thesis project ‘The Emperor’s Castle’ was awarded the ‘Hamilton’s prize for best design process’ and he was nominated as the Bartlett’s best graduating student for Building Design Magazines ‘Best of 2008’ annual awards.
Since graduating he has worked for a variety of award winning practice’s that include Studio 8 Architects and Friend&Company Architects. He has spent the last three years working as a project architect for Architects Journal ‘practice of the year’ Hawkins\Brown Architects and in 2011 received a Commendation in the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice and Management, also from the Bartlett. Thomas is a design tutor at London Metropolitan University, Central St Martins and the UEL.
His work has been published extensively in books and journals such as Blueprint, Icon and Domus and he continues to write internationally on the use of narrative within architecture. He has exhibited around the world, notably in 2012 with his first solo exhibition at the RAW Gallery of Architecture in Winnipeg, Canada. In 2010 his project entitled ‘The Migration of Mel & Judith’ was exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition where he was awarded a High Commendation for best first time exhibitor and was interviewed and featured on the BBC Culture Show.
Thomas’s architectural interests go beyond the built environment to include art, design, story telling and installations with a particular interest in how literature can be directly translated into urban and architectural space. He attempts to look at architecture from a different perspective, using unorthodox narratives and programmes to create original and often surreal observations.
Thomas is co-founder of FLEAFOLLYARCHITECTS, a new energetic architecture practice. If you are interested in his work and would like to find out more please get in touch via the email below:
All images unless stated otherwise are copyright of Thomas Hillier 2010.