29 SEP 2019
Thomas Aindow MRICS' professional experience so far reads more like a passport than a curriculum vitae: Leeds, New York, London, Tokyo. It all started with a love for LEGO and, if he has anything to do with it, may culminate in the building of a skyscraper.
I came from an agriculture upbringing, but I didn't really see a future for myself in it as I grew up. I had a real passion for Lego and building things from an early age, which I guess started to develop my interest in the construction industry. As I moved towards entering university, I began to consider construction as a career choice. I had always been good with numbers, so I decided to pursue a quantity surveying course.
I started my career working in Turner & Townsend's head office in Leeds, United Kingdom. Not long after, I moved south to London and, after a brief spell there, relocated to New York to help establish a cost management presence in our new office. Working with some of our biggest, global key clients and helping to build a business really gave me a solid foundation for my career.
I am currently based in Tokyo and lead Turner & Townsend's cost management business in Japan — it is a very unique market. There are many challenges in Japan, not least working in an incredibly busy environment with the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Olympics 2020, as well as other major projects and programmes, but also in a location where English is certainly the second language.
My main career objective is to build a skyscraper, which I hope to do sooner rather than later. At present my focus is on growing the Japan business and making the most of living in the incredible city that is Tokyo... and certainly learning more Japanese.