Tony Compton grew up in Marlow, Buckinghamshire and was educated at the local Grammar School. He went on to study architecture in London and qualified in 1973. His early years in practice in London and then Reading gained him sound experience on both housing and office developments in large commercial practices. A career change in the early 1980's provided him with some unique experience working on university and housing projects in Nigeria. From the mid 1980's, he has practised at partner level and has continued to widen his experience in working on a broad range of building types, as well as managing a medium size architectural practice. He joined forces with Andrew Lacey in 1989 to create Compton Lacey. Alongside his work he has been involved in many sports since a schoolboy and now spends a lot of his spare time coaching rowing to youngsters.