Tilo studied architecture at Technische Universität Braunschweig from 1995 – 1997 and at Universität Stuttgart from 1997 – 2001. In 2000 he participated in an exchange programme and studied at HdK Berlin and the University of Kansas, USA. He graduated with his diploma in 2001.
Tilo moved to London in 2002 to work for Eger Architects. He joined Niall McLaughlin Architects in 2006. Since joining the practice, he has worked on a health centre in Dublin, the House at Goleen, Co. Cork, Ireland, the Centre for Creative Competitive Design at Cranfield University, Peabody Whitechapel housing in London, St Cross College, Oxford, the extension to the Wolfson Building at Somerville College in Oxford, the Tapestry Building in London and The Natural History Museum in London. He is currently working on a private house in Oxfordshire. Tilo was made an associate in 2010.