Award-winning architecture practice, Assael Architecture, have added to their senior management team with the promotion of Tom Banfield to associate director following the practice’s most profitable year on record.

Tom joined Assael back in 2011 as an architectural assistant, after gaining a wealth of experience across a range of sectors and tenures within the industry, working on both small-scale residential schemes and large infrastructure plans.

Since joining the practice, Tom has become an essential member of the Assael team and is heavily involved in some of the practice’s key Built to Rent and regeneration projects throughout the world. For instance, Tom worked directly on Hortensia Road in Kensington and Chelsea, a Build to Rent project for the UK’s largest listed residential landlord. Grainger plc.

Tom also played a pivotal role in the design and delivery of North Wharf Gardens in Paddington. This development will deliver 485 new homes and places a particular emphasis on creating a new neighbourhood in Westminster, with a park and communal spaces at the heart of the project.

In this new role as associate director, Tom will work across all RIBA stages at Assael, leading a team on various projects, from delivering residential developments in Barnet, Brentford and Chelsea, to designing large-scale Build to Rent schemes and masterplans in the Middle East.

As well as being an outstanding architect, Tom is a keen sportsman. He founded Assael’s tag rugby team, plays for the football and softball teams, and has twice won Assael’s charity pool tournament.

This promotion comes at a time of continued growth for Assael Architecture, having just enjoyed its most profitable year on record and scooping Building’s Good Employer Award in November last year.

Tom Banfield, associate director at Assael Architecture, said:

“It’s a huge honour to be given this promotion at a time when the practice continues to go from strength to strength. I am incredibly excited to take on a more wide ranging leadership role on some of Assael’s landmark Build to Rent and masterplan projects, both in the UK and beyond.”

John Assael, chairman of Assael Architecture, said:

“Tom has grown as both an architect and a person since joining us in 2011. He plays an instrumental role in the day-to-day operation here at Assael, delivering design excellence time after time for our clients. Tom has demonstrated he is a team player both in the office and on the sports field!”

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