Thomas is a PhD candidate in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. His research centers on sustainable and resilient urban development with a focus on geographic information systems and scenario planning methods. For his dissertation research, he is exploring the utility of scenario planning methods for understanding how green infrastructure can make communities more resilient in the future.

As a research associate, Tom has contributed to several projects, including the Central Texas Sustainability Indicators Project, the Sustainable Places Project (funded by a HUD Sustainable Communities Planning Implementation Grant), Project Connect (a City of Austin High Capacity Transit initiative) and the NATO Urbanization Project. He most recently contributed to the development of the Corridor Housing Preservation Tool, a replicable methodology to help cities prioritize the preservation of existing affordable housing. The tool, now available as a component of the Envision Tomorrow scenario planning software, was recognized with a 2017 Smart Cities Award from the American Planning Association Technology Division and a 2017 Implementation Award from the Scenario Planning Applications Network.

Tom holds a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Minnesota.


  • PhD Candidate, Community & Regional Planning
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