Lynette Thomson


Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Lynette moved with her family to Cape Town where she studied architecture at Cape Town’s Technical College. She completed her practical studies and qualified as an Architectural Technician whilst working for MLH Architects and Planners gaining invaluable experience on a number of projects through strategic use and co-ordination of computer aided design (CAD) technology.

She travelled to Europe settling in Edinburgh where she spent 4 years with architects Percy Johnson Marshall & Partners working in the housing sector assisting with the production of tender packages and construction documentation whilst also having conceptual and strategic involvement in community regeneration schemes and social inclusion projects in Edinburgh and Fife.

In 1996 she joined Derek Lovejoy Partnership as Associate taking responsibility for management both of the CAD and Technological requirements for the practice and the CAD team preparing high end graphics and visualisations for a number of Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments (LVIA) for wind farm proposals across the UK. Lynette’s involvement in producing accurate 3D visual material, photomontages and aerial montages coincided at the time with the government’s desire to introduce competition into gas power generation, the ‘Dash for Gas’ as it was called and she worked on 3D visualisations for various Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) and Gas Storage developments to support Public Inquiry evidence and assist with planning applications. She was responsible for the successful merger and integration of the Lovejoy IT systems and project data into EDAW’s IT environment and acquired a wide range of skills drawing from the expertise within EDAW’s global community of IT, CAD, GIS, graphics and website development teams.

Since joining the team at OPEN, Lynette has played a strategic role in the move to our new premises earlier this year and is currently responsible for collation and co-ordination of GIS data and production information for a large wind farm development in the Scottish Highlands.

Lynette is passionate about keeping up to date with the latest technological advancements appropriate to landscape, masterplanning and urban design and is always on the lookout for new and exciting applications that can help accelerate business processes.

Lynette Thomson