David Thomas

Founding Head of the Department of Town Planning at Oxford Polytechnic

David Thomas sadly died on 15 January 2018.

David studied Geography and Economics at Keble College, Oxford University, followed by a post-graduate degree in Civic Design at Liverpool University.

He joined the then Oxford College of Technology in 1962 after working for eight years in planning practice in Lancashire and Essex. He started as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture, but in 1968 became the Head of the new Department of Town Planning. Over the next decade he built up a strong department and introduced major innovations in both undergraduate and postgraduate planning courses, and urban design, which became some of the best regarded in the country.

In 1977 he was appointed the Dean of the new Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Estate Management, a post he held until his retirement in 1983. He subsequently accepted a short term contract from the DES to be the Regional Development Agent for the Thames Valley and West London. He was an External Examiner at several universities in the UK, engaged in consultancy in the UK and overseas, undertook research and produced a number of important publications.

David leaves Nancy, his wife of over 60 years, and three children.