Paul Thomlinson: Architectural Technologist

Paul’s interest in architecture began at school, although he didn’t pursue it as a career until a few years later. His main area of interest is the drawing and computer aided design (CAD) elements. Although he started out in the traditional drawing office using pens and a drawing board, he has been an AutoCAD user since 1997, and has since progressed into BIM using Revit since 2012. Paul has had spells away from architecture and has spent some years in an engineering environment, mostly working in the nuclear sector where he held the necessary security clearance. Joining Manning Elliott in 2017, he has worked on numerous housing projects from one-off bespoke designs, to large housing development sites. Paul is currently working towards membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, and plans to sit the AutoCAD & Revit Certified Professional Examinations.

Other Interests

Paul has been married for 16 years and is a father to two teenagers who share his passion for video games – one of these days they might actually win against him. He also enjoys watching movies, photography, city breaks and watching football and formula one. To offset that time being sedentary, he’s also a keen amateur triathlete, with long term ambitions to qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, complete the “Big 6” marathons and the 105-mile Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc ultra-marathon in France; a fantastic achievement despite being an asthmatic.

Favourite Design

Paul stumbled across the recently completed Axel Towers during a city break to Copenhagen in 2017. Located directly opposite the city’s Tivoli Gardens, it is a collection of interconnected circular buildings incorporating shops, restaurants and offices. The external cladding is a brass alloy called Tombac with a wood like appearance and he was impressed by how the curves of the five towers blended seamlessly with one another.