Sam Thompson trained as a landscape architect at RMIT in the early 1980 s and worked planning and landscape architecture for 10 years in Melbourne, Perth and London before he and his partner moved to Daylesford in 1996 to have babies and build a house on their 20 acre property.
In 2002 Sam started his planning practice with a focus on planning in the rural and bushfire prone areas. In 2013 he studied Bushfire Planning at the University of Melbourne. Sam has a strong interest in landscape planning and design to reduce bushfire risk. His work has included preparing bushfire management statements for schools, hospitals, residential subdivisions, places of assembly and dwellings on rural properties.