Tom Kay Architect

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Palestine [Haifa] 17.10.1935 1935
Emigrated to Canada [Montreal] 1940
Arrived in the UK [educated in Midhurst & London] 1948
Worked in Israel [Tel Aviv] 1959-61
Return to the UK [London] 1961
Married Adah Kay [Two sons: Finn 1970, Leo 1972] 1966
Return to Palestine [Ramallah] 2002-06
Died in London 9.12.2007 2007

Architectural Education and Early Employment 1955-64

The Central London Polytechnic, Regent St. (now University of Westminster) Diploma in Architecture, with Distinction 1955-57
Registered Architect (Tom Kay Dipl. Dist. Arch. A.R.B.) 1959
Assistant Architect, Erno Goldfinger 1957
Architect, London County Council – Housing Section 1958-9
Project Architect, Dov Karmi – Tel Aviv Central Area Redevelopment 1959-61
Project Architect, Austin Smith and Partners Housing: Harlow, Electronics Factory: Kings Lynn 1962-64

Tom Kay Associates 1964-2006. Built Work Includes

Shops and offices Brentwood, Essex 1964-67
House Kensington Place, Notting Hill, London W8 1964-67
Paper warehouse Wigan, Lancs. 1967-69
House extension Wimbledon, London 1968-69
Artist’s studio above garage Fitzroy Park, Highgate, London N6 1968
House and studio 22 Murray Mews, London NW1 1968-71
Villa with Painter’s studio Algarve, Portugal 1969
Sculptors’ studios for a wax works Nottinghill Gate, London W8 1970
Headquarter office building: Alterations and additional storey Westminster, London W1 1970-71
Workshops, housing & shops, Site E Loudoun Road, London NW8 1974-80
Craft Studios, shops and flats, Site F Loudoun Road, London NW8 1875-80
Film production company offices 42a Devonshire Close, London W1 1983-84
LAB Pharmaceutical production unit 91 Amhurst Park, Hackney, London N19 1983-85
House extensions & remodelling 14 Murray Mews, London NW1 1988
House extensions & remodelling 2 Camden Mews, London NW1 1986-90
Offices for National Children’s Bureau 8 Wakley Street, Islington, London WC1 1988-89
House Languedoc, France 1995
Galleries, entrance and courtyard Chelsea College of Art, London SW3 1999-00
Riding stables Bergerac, France 2000-03
Alteration and additions to house Bergerac, France 2005-06
Extension to house Ludlow, England 2004-06

Consultancies and Planning Work include

Highpoint 1 and 2 (by Lubetkin) Maintenance Architect Highgate, London 1966-72
Inner City Commercial Redevelopments Melbourne, Australia 1969-75
Planning strategy for Village Extension Bembridge, Isle of Wight 1968-71
Consultant to Community Law Centre Camden, London 1972-85
Consultant to Family Service Units Westminster, London 1986-90

Unbuilt Projects include

House Algarve, Portugal 1969
Village Expansion : Residential Bembridge, isle of Wight 1971
High Street Office Mixed Development New Malden, Surrey 1972
Solar House Development Var District, France 1973
Vehicle Workshops, Shops + Residential Camden, London 1974
Public House, Workshops and Housing Camden, London 1975
Light Industrial and Residential Building Hackney, London 1980
Office Building Copthall Ave, City of London 1984
French Consular Office (with Neave Brown) Kensington, London 1986
Ealing Community Organization Building Ealing, London 1989
Offices, Community Service Volunteers Kings Cross, London 1994-97


Stage 1 Prize winner Competition: Runcorn Housing 1969
Civic Trust Commendation House London NW1 1973
1st Prize: International Prize for Arch. House London NW1 1974
Architectural Heritage Year House London NW1 1975
Competition, Second Prize French Consular Services, London 1985
Civic Trust Commendation Pharmaceutical Production Unit 1987

Assessor in National Award Schemes

RIBA / D.O.E Housing Awards West Midlands 1974
Civic Trust Awards Various 1975-89


Part Time Tutor in Architecture Tom Kay has taught, generally for one day per week, at one or other of the following Schools of Architecture: Royal College of Art, London, University College London, Prince of Wales’ Institute, London University of Westminster, Architectural Association London , Oxford Brookes University 1964-2000
Visiting Critic / Lecturer Universities of Kingston, North London, Brighton, and Edinburgh, Plymouth: UK University of Columbia, New York: USA 1967-1990
Full Time Lecturer University of Birzeit, West Bank, Palestine 2002-2005
External Examiner School of Architecture, University of the South Bank, London 1986-1991

Buildings/Projects Published in Magazines

Research Project: 3 Dimensional Number Pattern Architect and Building News 12.1956
Urban Redevelopment: Isle of Dogs, London Architecture and Building 05.1958
Unicam Electronics Factory, Kings Lynn, Norfolk Architectural Review 01.1963
House: Kensington, London Architectural Review 01.1967
  Architectural review 06.1968
  House and Garden 01.1969
  Architects Journal 01.1971
  A + U (Japan) 02.1979
Runcorn Competition Architects Journal 04.1969
House: Wimbledon Architects Journal 01.1971
Offices and Shops: Brentwood, Essex Architects Journal 01.1971
House and Studio: Camden A + U (Japan) 02.1979
  A + U ((Brussels) 05.1974
  Union International d”Architecture 1974
  RIBA Journal 03.1974
  Architectural Review 07.1975
  International Review (Brussels) 1975
  Baumeister (W.Germany) 07.1977
Workshops and Housing: Camden Architectural Review 01.1976
  Building Design 11.1980
  Min of Housing Journal, Paris 1983
  RIBA London Region Year Book 1984
Studios and Shops Architectural Review 01.1976
  Building Design 11.1980
  Architectural Review 05.1984
Offices, City of London RIBA Journal 11.1983
  Architectural Review 01.1984
Pharmaceutical Production Unit, Hackney RIBA London Region Yr Book 1987
  Architectural Review 06.1986
  A + U (Japan) 02.1987
Film Production Offices, Westminster Building Design 06.1986
  Architectural Review 08.1989
National Children’s Bureau Offices Building Design 1990
  Architectural Review 08.1989
  London Region Review 1991

Buildings in Guide Books/Books

Architecture in Britain Today – Michael Webb Country Life 1969
Houses for Today – June Park Batsford 1971
Modern houses Conde Naste 1974
Guide to Modern Building in London 1965 to 1975 RIBA Publications 1976
25 Years of British Architecture RIBA Publications 1977
Stathauser : Entwurf + Planuung Callwey, Munich 1979
Wohngebaude – Mutsch Engel Koch, Stuttgart 1980
Visitors Guide to Modern British Architecture Architectural Press 1981
Masonry in Architecture McGraw-Hill , USA 1982
The Architecture of London – Jones and Woodward Weidenfeld 1983
Festival of Architecture Guide RIBA Publications 1984
Modern British Architecture Since 1945 Frederick Muller 1985
Architects Houses – Miranda Newton Batsford 1992
London: Northwest. Buildings of England Pevsner + Cherry Penguin Books 1993
London: North. Buildings of England Pevsner + Cherry Penguin Books 1998

Articles by Tom Kay

Building Study Queens College , Birmingham Architects Journal 05.1976
Building Study Herman Miller Factory, Bath Architects Journal 03.1978
Commentary – The Scope of Social Housing Von Nostrand Reinhold 1984
Ramallah Notes April 2002 Architectural Review 05.2002
Invasion Notes Peace Fire Free Association Books 2002
Siege Diaries Ramallah – Soundings Issue 21 Lawrence and Wishart 2002
Western Villages Palestine – Soundings Issue 22 Lawrence and Wishart 2003
Wall Notes, Against the Wall – Edited by Professor Michael Sorkin NY USA 2005

Tom Kay in his London studio