Tom Goodall

"From my experiences I would encourage anyone looking to shift away from practice to consider the reasons why and, if possible, wait until they have completed their Chartership before doing so"

CompanyArgentLocationLondonCourseBA Architecture + MArch ArchitecturePositionSenior Projects Director

About Argent

Argent is a property developer who undertakes large-scale mixed-use urban regeneration projects in London, Manchester and Birmingham, focusing on long-term regeneration projects that are of national significance. Argent is based in offices at King’s Cross within our flagship redevelopment of the 67 acre site with a team of c.165 people covering a range of skills sets including development management, project management, asset management, planning, marketing, finance, events and enlivenment.

What are your main roles and responsibilities?

I am responsible for our residential developments at both King’s Cross and Tottenham Hale leading a team of Development Project Managers who are assigned to individual projects. This covers almost 3000 homes in total from inception of the design to completion and hand-over to purchasers or tenants.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the variety of the role as a project moves through the various stages of design and into construction and the sense of achievement in seeing a completed and fully occupied building. At King’s Cross, the residential component is only one piece of the puzzle and together I am extremely proud of what we have and continue to achieve in providing a new, exciting and valuable place for Londoners to live, work and play.

How did you get from your architecture degree to where you are now?

Following completion of my Masters I worked at a large practice in London on the Athletes Village for London 2012 where I was seconded to Lend Lease as their monitoring architect. This provided me considerable breath of experience and opened my eyes to the wider development process. Following completion of my Part 3 qualification in 2010 and moved into a role as a consultant Project Manager working on several mixed-use residential-led projects and then joined Argent in 2012 as part of their residential development team.

How has your architecture degree shaped your career, and what knowledge, skills or values developed at SSoA have you found relevant in your progression?

I have always been interested in the built environment and the benefits its quality can bring to society and economic prosperity. Throughout my architectural education the importance of the brief was consistently reinforced. Whilst clearly the architect’s role is to assist in the development of this I would suggest that it is difficult to do so without an informed client. Hence my desire to shift my career towards a client-side developer role with an interest in establishing successful projects in a way which allows the numerous and varied architectural practices we work with to excel.

What top tips would you offer architecture students who are considering alternative careers to architecture?

In any profession it is hard to set successful direction and goals without an empathy and understanding of the roles involved throughout the process. I continued my architectural education through to Chartership and use the skills learnt on a daily basis, particularly those developed during the final Part 3. I strongly believe that architecture is a well-rounded education which develops many areas other than just pure design skills including an appreciation of the merits of hard work! From my experiences I would encourage anyone looking to shift away from practice to consider the reasons why and, if possible, wait until they have completed their Chartership before doing so.

Where do you see yourself in future?

Working on and influencing projects that continue to shape the future of the city in which I live.