Michelle Tomlinson, Senior Architect

Michelle Tomlinson

Senior Architect

London Joined in 2019 BA(Hons) Architecture, DipArch, ARB

Since joining the practice as a Senior Architect, Michelle has led our Maggie’s Centre in Cheltenham and worked on master-planning and residential projects including Blackwall Reach, Grove Place and Addiscombe Grove. She has several years of experience designing and delivering award-winning residential, masterplans and educational schemes, both in the UK and internationally. She is particularly skilled in leading and co-ordinating collaborative design, liaising with large groups of stakeholders on complex mixed-use projects.

Michelle has a particular interest in the social value of design, high-quality housing design, and education and governance of design of the built environment, and is instrumental in developing the practice’s approach to these subjects. Her contribution to design governance ranges from her role as a member of Design South East’s design review panel and the Ebbsfleet’s design forum to being an educator of the next generation of architects, in her role as a Design Tutor for the graduate year design studio at the University of Reading. Michelle has been a RIBA Part 3 mock interviewer and has recently joined the RIBA validation panel. She is also an active member of the Architects’ Mental Wellbeing Forum and mentoring schemes in practices and Universities.

Prior to joining Metropolitan Workshop, she was a project architect at Hawkins\Brown, one of her later projects was the extension and completion of a multi-disciplinary research facility for the University of Oxford, which she lead from the early stages of briefing and design. She also worked on a range of innovative RIBA award-winning projects such as the Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle University’s School of Computing and Research focused on the urban environment. Followed by Tiger Way, a mixed-use development for a new primary school, nursery and residential apartments co-located on the same site, providing much needed school spaces for the Borough of Hackney. Later rebuilding Peabody Burridge Gardens, a residential and urban regeneration scheme adjacent to Clapham Junction Station. Prior to working in architectural practice, Michelle worked as a Freelance Designer for leading artists and galleries in Australia.

In celebration of Metropolitan Workshop’s 15th Anniversary in 2020, Michelle collaborated with key thinkers and doers from the built environment to curate our new podcast series ‘Reshaped’. Currently, Michelle is leading design work for phase one of developer Urban Splash’s masterplan scheme for 1500 new homes at Campbell Park North in Milton Keynes, working towards a planning application. She is also overseeing the project team that is developing designs for a small-scale refurbishment project in Fish Island.

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