Thomas leads research and analysis for real estate development, open space and implementation strategies that are at the intersection of the public and private sectors.
Thomas provides market, financial feasibility, economic analysis and implementation advisory to domestic and international clients. He advises public and private-sector clients on financing transit-oriented development and affordable housing development throughout California.
Currently, Thomas is advising on a number of transit-oriented development projects in Southern California, supporting project teams to develop market-responsive guidelines for mixed-use development near new and existing transit stations. He is also managing HR&A’s ongoing series of feasibility analyses for multi-family residential developers requesting incentives under the City of Los Angeles’ Density Bonus affordable housing program. In addition, for the Inter-American Development Bank, Thomas is providing analytical and implementation support to prioritize key investments along Haiti’s Northern Development Corridor.
Other recent work includes managing HR&A’s development of an implementation and financing strategy for the City of Glendale’s proposed Space 134 Freeway Cap Park. Thomas also recently managed HR&A’s analysis of real estate funding potential to support an expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center. He has provided economic analysis to support a range of urban revitalization and planning strategies for Southern California cities including Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Covina and Escondido, as well as for the city of Grapevine, Texas. For OmniTrans and cities along Metrolink’s ARRIVE Corridor in San Bernardino County, Thomas supported project teams to develop implementation and financing strategies for transit improvements and station-area development.
Thomas brings a comprehensive knowledge of planning, development, design and construction to his work at HR&A. Prior to joining the firm, Thomas worked in the Netherlands, preparing strategic urban analysis and concept design for the planning, programming and architectural aspects of projects in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. While pursuing his master’s degree, he worked as an owner’s representative and consultant on residential and commercial office projects in New York City.
Thomas received his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and pursued coursework in Real Estate Design and Development at both the Wharton School and Penn’s School of Design. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Associate, American Institute of Architects
Member, Urban Land Institute, Young Leaders Group