About Resonant Architecture

Resonant Architecture is an Oxford-based architecture and urbanism practice, specialising in low-carbon residential, education, workplace and heritage design. Our work is rooted in the belief that great design does not have to damage the world in which we live. We devote our time to understanding the needs and aspirations of our clients, and delivering beyond expectations.

Resonant Architecture provides solutions. Working with a diversity of specialisms across the fields of design, strategy, property, and sustainability enables us to deliver a seamlessly integrated approach to each project. We relish a challenge and pride ourselves on our ability to access in-depth knowledge of the built environment to meet the demands of our brief. We collaborate with specialists, stakeholders and users, and innovate wherever possible.

Our philosophy has evolved over two decades, through practice, research and teaching. Central to this philosophy is that the success of a project is rooted in a powerful idea, and secured through rigorous testing of that idea against the brief and its implementation. This approach informs every aspect of our work, from analysis and long-term strategic planning, to collaboration with the end-user, specialists and suppliers.

Our approach begins and ends with sustainability. Protection of the environment is central to our operation as a practice, and to our work as designers and consultants. As explored in more detail on our sustainability page, the natural world is our greatest asset, and critical to the health, wealth and wellbeing of all humans. In all services we will work with you to enhance the environmental benefits of your project, whether organisational, construction, or strategic.

Critical when dealing with the built environment is an understanding of context. At each scale of enquiry, the foundation of successful solution or proposal is sound research; information gathering and its careful collation that allows the precise interpretation of requirements, constraints and aspirations. For this reason this process is embedded in all of our work whether concept design, option appraisal, or built outcome. The skills and data improved and acquired over time inform and support each area of our expertise.

Tom Dawson

Tom graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1999 and the Royal College of Art in 2003. In his early career he worked with a number of leading architects on architecture and urban projects as well as conducting research into zero-carbon design. 

Tom is a passionate advocate of sustainable design and its ability to transform both places and communities. Alongside practice, Tom teaches the Architecture BA programme at Oxford Brookes University.


Resonant Architecture is based in East Oxford. As you will see from our projects, we work both close to home and across the UK.

Client testimonials

“Highly professional and efficient”
– Alex Clarke, Blue Hop Ltd.

“A great extension with lots of light… and reassuring support through the whole building process!”
– Helen McCallum

“Tom is a delight to work with, he has a great eye for design and most importantly, style. He is diligent and always does what he says he will do. He has designed a substantial house extension renovation for us and it looks fabulous. I highly recommend him.”
– Chris Jinks