In my understanding, 'as we know it' usually follows a noun phrase and means like
- The building as we know it = the version/condition of the building we know now.
First, I'm not sure about its grammar.
- Is the 'as' a conjunction?
- Is it correct to think that 'it' changes to 'them'? E.g., the buildings as we know them
Second, a question about its use.
- Is it possible to use when the preceding noun is a pronoun? If yes, what should the 'it' be changed to?
I feel Tom as I knew him ten years ago will be understood. I'm not sure about He as I knew him, and even less sure about the case of second person pronoun. For example, if I want to say 'You have change a lot', is it possible to say like You are so different from you as I knew you?
I guess a more usual way to express the last sentence above would be You are so different from the person I knew you were. If this works, what happens if I'm talking to plural you? Making person plural (...from the people I knew you were) looks a bit strange to me.