Foster + Partners
BA Hons. Dip Arch (UCL)
Huw Thomas is a partner at Foster + Partners and is involved in major infrastructure and masterplans throughout the world.
He studied architecture at the Polytechnic of the South Bank in London, graduating with a first class honours degree in 1983. He subsequently received his postgraduate diploma from the Bartlett School, University College London.
He joined Foster + Partners in 1987, working from the outset on the competition-winning King’s Cross redevelopment proposal and the associated British Rail International Terminal. Later projects include the new library at the Cranfield Institute of Technology, the UK Government’s Treasury building and Wembley Stadium, in London.
He has been involved in a number of transport interchanges, including proposals for a new airport station on the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway, the Central Station re-development in Kuala Lumpur, the St Pancras station plans for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan. He was the partner on the Haramain High-Speed Railway project in Saudi Arabia, a major infrastructure development conceived to forge new social and economic links by dramatically cutting journey times between the cities in western Saudi Arabia and by providing a new transport option for many of the pilgrims making the journey to the religious cities of Makkah and Madinah. More recently, he has been involved in the development of designs for a bold new approach to future infrastructure development in Britain. The Thames Hub brings together rail, freight logistics, aviation, energy and its transmission, flood protection and regional development.
He is also a key member of the Foster + Partners Research and Development Group, which ensures that the practice remains at the forefront of architectural innovation. He has a special interest in energy and the environmental impact of buildings as well as the effects of new technology on work patterns and structures.