Welcome, I am
I’m an architect
Welcome, I am
I’m an architect
and I ponder about our role and duty
as architects over the future of cities.
Architecture is a process – one that is anchored to the present and extends beyond our reach.
Nowadays, with sustainability becoming the forefront of public consciousness, buildings are being rediscovered as living entities. Architects have stopped perceiving the end of a project at its grand opening. We are no longer just master builders; we give shape to the future. Architecture is our duty.
Traveling around the world and studying and working in France, Canada, the Philippines and now in Australia, I have been able to open myself up to different cultures and ways of approaching architecture. I have experienced both great and underwhelming cities firsthand. Manila – the city in which I worked for more than four years – is a patchwork of buildings competing for attention. This diversity is in itself an asset, but nothing ties anything together. Architecture is not about creating egocentric buildings; architecture needs to be mindful of the broader context of its existence and the lives it is affecting.
Buildings should positively affect not only their site, but their broader environment. Creating structures that enhance the life of people and that contribute to the cohesion of cities is the reason why I chose architecture. To question, to critique, to rethink the buildings, their role and impact in our cities, is what drives me as an architect.
Buildings shape the life of every person on this planet. We need them to not be thoughtless designs, we need them to support our lives. I truly believe every project can uplift not only its users, but also our societies. In order to do so, we need to stop diminishing architecture to its design and take a step back, look beyond our sites, imagine what our cities can be and push the boundaries of what we can achieve.
I think intent is king.
I think Architecture needs a Philosophy.
Mixed-Use Retail + Office tower in timber construction
Competition entry for the Hsinta Ecological Power plant in Tainan, Taiwan
Masterplan and Bridge proposal for Manila Bay, Philippines
Book Cover of Blueprints for 2050, A Visioning exercise for the Philippines
Featured in Archinect XXL
Masterplan and Mixed use Development in Beijing, China
Competition Entry, Shortlisted
Mixed-Used proposal in Bonifacio Global City, Manila, Philippines
Finalist of WAF 2015
New Supreme Court for Manila, Philippines
Hotel and masterplan proposal in Tagaytay, Philippines
Retail Outdoor Development in Lima, Batangas, Philippines.
Raymond John Tomas
Here are some of the most interesting projects I worked on
This project is our entry to the Jacques Rougerie Competition exploring a possible lunar habitat. One of the main challenges in establishing a city on the Moon will be the generation of energy and the access to sunlight if we live underground inside lava tubes. The main idea of this project is to propose the creation of artificial Moonmoons, satellites of different sizes and functions that would orbit around the moon. Their primary function would be to redirect the rays of sunlight to some specific locations on the surface of the Moon, allowing the production of solar energy at night in most areas and the provision of natural light directed to the underground cities located in the lava tubes.
Living on the Moon will lead to a drastic change on the way we perceive and experience space. The inhabitants being in an environment where the gravity is only 1/6 of the Earth’s will redefine how we live and moreover, how we design space. From Vitruvius to Le Corbusier, many designers ponder on the human proportions and its implication on the design of our physical environment.
How could our built environment take advantage of this opportunity to design spaces that are not just a replica of what we know on Earth but that fully encompass the possibilities of a low gravity experience?
Cities of Tomorrow is a magazine I am developing with an international team of writers and designers. The goal is to promote a future oriented mindset and decisions. The Magazine will develop multiple visions of the future and ponder on their possible consequences on our societies.
Feel free to contact me if you want to know more about this project!
The City of Melbourne has an incredible amount of Open Data that I like to explore with my programming skills (HTML + d3.js).
I spend some of my time as the Art Director for Shelter Architecture and Design Magazine where I develop, guide, organize and layout the different articles showcasing the most interesting projects around the world.
I am also helping the team to develop the editorial direction and branding for the magazine.
I like to create, develop and build the ideas flourishing in my mind.
During my second year taking up my Master’s Degree, my classmates and I had the opportunity to build several 1:1 scale of some projects we designed. With 2 months of preparation, drawing and scheduling, we had only had 5 days to build one the projects.
and some other works I did.