Our team is highly skilled, experienced and motivated, ensuring a high quality service is provided to our Clients.

The Practice comprises a broad range of professional skills, with collective qualifications in town planning, project management, urban design, landscape architecture, civil engineering, project management, archaeology, surveying and graphic design. We also have specialists in 3D visualisation and animation.

All planning staff are members of the Irish Planning Institute (IPI) and/or the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and regularly attend and present at conferences and events ensuring that we are always fully briefed on latest best practice and regulatory policies.

With a technical and professional ability that is evident from our proven track record, Tom Phillips + Associates have un-paralleled experience and resources to execute project requirements.

Tom Phillips Managing Director

Tom is a Chartered Town Planner and an Urban Designer (with a primary qualification in the History of Art, specialising in architectural history). He was a former Managing Partner of Frank L. Benson and Partners Planning Consultants, and formerly worked for the international firm of architects, Terry Farrell and Company in London and for the Irish Architectural Archive.
Tom has extensive experience of all planning sectors gained throughout Ireland and overseas, and frequently operates as the “hands-on” lead consultant for the planning phase of projects for key public and private sector clients. He has been involved with many of the major planning applications in Ireland in that role in recent years, including the redevelopment of the Aviva (Lansdowne Road) Stadium, the IKEA store in Ballymun, The Convention Centre, Spencer Dock, Dublin, Powerscourt Hotel, the Corrib Gas Field, the Jury's / Berkeley Court redevelopment, Ballsbridge and Cork University Hospital Campus.
An occasional lecturer in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy in UCD, Tom is also: Chairman of Property Industry Ireland, a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and a Fellow of the Irish Planning Institute.


Master of Arts in Urban Design (1993) University of Westminster
Master of Regional and Urban Planning (1989) UCD
Bachelor of Arts (1986) UCD


Chairman of Property Industry Ireland
Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute
Fellow of the Irish Planning Institute

Gavin Lawlor Director

Gavin Lawlor graduated from University College Dublin with a Master of Regional and Urban Planning Degree, following a Bachelor of Social Science Degree from University College Dublin.
Gavin was an Associate with Tom Phillips + Associates at its inception in April 2002 and was appointed as a Director in April 2007. He was formerly employed as a Senior Planning Consultant with Frank L. Benson and Partners, prior to its dissolution in 2002.
Gavin graduated from University College Dublin with a Master of Regional and Urban Planning Degree, following a Bachelor of Social Science Degree from University College Dublin.
Gavin's experience covers a wide range of planning areas including forward planning (for example development plans, policy formation and regional plans), project development and evaluation. He also has extensive knowledge and experience of industrial sectors such as mining and quarrying, alternative and conventional energy (in particular wind farms) and waste management. Gavin also has particular experience of attending and leading project teams at An Bord Pleanála Oral Hearings, Compulsory Purchase Order Proceedings as well as giving evidence in defence of enforcement proceedings taken by Local Authorities and Third Parties in the High Court.


Master of Regional and Urban Planning (1995) UCD
Bachelor of Social Science (1993) UCD


Member of the Irish Planning Institute
Chairman of the Irish Wind Generation Association Planning Committee

Síne Kelly Associate

Síne joined the Practice of TPA upon graduating from University College Dublin in 2005, with a Masters of Regional and Urban Planning, following completion of an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Science, specialising in Landscape Horticulture (2003).
Síne has developed an extensive understanding of all aspects of the planning industry throughout Ireland and has significant experience in preparing planning applications and supporting documentation for both small- and large-scale strategic projects, including residential, office, healthcare, student accommodation, education, hospitality, retail and industrial uses.
Síne also has significant experience in Planning Appeals, Planning and Development Site Appraisals, An Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing preparation, Socio-Economic Analyses, Planning Negotiations and in providing planning and urban design input into Masterplans.
Síne has worked extensively with numerous varied organisations, including both private and public sector, Planning Authorities, An Bord Pleanála and semi-state bodies.
Síne is also part-author of the Green City Guidelines – Advice for the Protection and Enhancement of Biodiversity in Medium to High-density Urban Developments, 2008 (UCD Urban Institute Ireland, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Fingal County Council). These Guidelines provide practical guidance for planners and developers on how to integrate biodiversity into new developments, specifically medium to high-density housing developments in urban areas.


Advanced Diploma in Project Management (2014) Dublin Business School
Master of Regional and Urban Planning (2005) UCD
Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Landscape Horticulture) (2003) UCD


Member of the Irish Planning Institute
Affiliate Member of the Irish Landscape Institute