Thomas Rowlinson is an Urban Planner and Designer at McCann Adams Studio, where he focuses on collaborative and creative approaches to designing for public life. Tom is passionate about bridging art, ecology, and community engagement to foster accessible and sustainable places. Projects include Highland Mall, the Mueller Master Plan, the EastLink Trail, the San Marcos Trails Master Plan, and the Central Health Brackenridge Development.
Education: Tom received his Master of Community and Regional Planning and Master of Sustainable Design from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. His thesis topic was the infrastructural planning of Morocco’s solar energy programs. He is the former Managing Editor of Planning Forum, the University of Texas at Austin’s peer-reviewed urban planning journal. As part of his studies Tom traveled to Mexico and Morocco, where he worked toward community participation in water and energy planning. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from McGill University (2010), where he studied the urban redevelopment of postindustrial landscapes in Eastern Canada.
Previous Experience: Tom developed participatory practices for public arts and urban agriculture for the City of Montreal’s Eco-Quartiers program in 2010, as well as coordinated the sustainability-minded Neighbors Day (“Fête des voisins”) block party in 2011. He has presented on community-managed Low Impact Development strategies for the Urban Ecologies conference (Toronto, 2015) and the American Planning Association Texas Chapter conference (Plano, 2014).
Membership: Tom is a professional member of the American Planning Association, Texas Chapter.