Derek  Thomas Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Derek Thomas

Writer and Consultant

My career has been in architectural practice for forty years coupled with engagement with the academic environment at university level – specifically in third and final year architectural studies and environmental science. This experience has provided insights into what attributes constitute the best in architectural and urban design, and has provided an overview of historical examples,and why they are regarded as iconic. I believe that my books offer mentoring without being prescriptive.


Trained and qualified at the Oxford School of Architecture, Oxford, UK (now part of Oxford Brookes University).
Environmental Science:
M A Environmental Science from the University of Cape Town.
Urban & Regional Planning: Part time first year  – University of Cape Town.
Practised in architecture for 40 years, with environmental science as an adjunct for environmental and visual impact assessments for new projects.
Cape Town University: Dept of Architecture: 1985 – 1995: External examiner for third year studio, and final year simulated office module.
Seconded to the Cape Town Olympic Bid Company in 1995 to coordinate the Athletes and Media Villages briefs.
Heritage consultant for historic buildings, and co-author of the Prince Albert Heritage Inventory 2011.
Author of:
“Architecture and the Urban Environment- A Vision for the New Age” Published: Architectural Press, 2002.
“Architecture and the Urban Environment – Holistic Design” Published: Mercutio Books 2013
Co-author of the title: “Prince Albert: Sense of History, Sense of Place”.  Independent Publisher: 2015.
Extensive in: Europe, Scandanavia, Britain, Central Asia, America, Russia, Northern and Southern African countries.


    Architecture and Environmental Science

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Current research for a monograph: "Masters of the Structural Aesthetic" from Roman to Renaissance and contemporary architecture.

Personal Interests

    Writer of novels generally into contemporary global issues using social, cultural and environmental themes and the dynamics of opportunism and expediency that arise from the human condition.
    Book designer for self-publishing authors for both fiction and non-fiction. Website: