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Thomas Adams (architect)

Thomas Adams
Born 10 September 1871
near Edinburgh
Died 24 March 1940
Battle, Sussex, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Architect
Projects the Hydrostone section of Halifax, Nova Scotia

Thomas Adams (10 September 1871 – 24 March 1940) was a pioneer of urban planning. Born on Meadowhouse farm near Edinburgh to parents James and Margaret Adams, he was educated at Daniels Stewart's College in Edinburgh and was a farmer in his early years, Adams moved to London where he worked as a journalist. He served as secretary to the Garden City Association and was the first manager of Letchworth, England from 1903 to 1906.

Adams became a designer of low-density residential developments that were commonly referred to as "garden suburbs." After the Halifax Explosion in 1917, Adams designed the Hydrostone section using Garden City principles. In the same year he published Rural Planning and Development, He also designed a portion of Corner Brook, Newfoundland. He worked with Halifax architect Andrew R. Cobb on this project. On other projects in Quebec and Nova Scotia he partnered with Ross and Macdonald of Montreal. He was later responsible for surveys and a plan for New York City.

On returning to the United Kingdom, Thomas Adams became one of the early presidents of the Institute of Landscape Architects (ILA) which became the Landscape Institute. His son, Frederick Adams, was the first department head of Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was named a National Planning Pioneer by the American Institute of Certified Planners. [1] [2]

See also


  1. ^ MIT School of Architecture and Planning
  2. ^ Adams and the UK Landscape Institute

Simpson, Michael (1985). Thomas Adams and the Emergence of the Modern Planning Movement: Britain, Canada and the United States, 1900-40 (Studies in History, Planning & the Environment). UK: Mansell Publishing.

  • Atlantic Planner's Article on the Hydrostone

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