Thomas Boyster

Originally from Germantown, TN, Thomas received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. While in school, Thomas served as a Teaching Assistant for Architectural Theory and experimented with robotic fabrication methods as an option studio.

Since joining Wheeler Kearns Architects (WKA) in 2015 as an Intern Architect, Thomas has worked on a range of projects, from small interpretive monument elements for a Wetland Forest Preserve to high-end single family residential. He was also a key team member for the Hyperloop Station design competition, which was selected as a finalist and exhibited at the SpaceX Hyperloop Design Weekend in College Station, TX and received the BIM for Innovation Award in the Build Earth Live event.

With a particular interest in virtual reality and gaming technologies, Thomas seeks to explore and share new techniques with the team and has led an internal WKA-U lunch and learn course titled “Architectural Visualization using Unreal Engine 4.” Meanwhile, he continues to focus on the importance of cities and their intersections with architecture.

Thomas has also served as a visiting critic at the University of Arkansas and the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Architecture. He is currently on the project team for a new lakefront residence in St. Joseph, MI and Crystal Bridges’ New Space for Contemporary Art in Bentonville, AR.

Outside of the office Thomas can be found creating, reading, or water coloring with the EveryOthers club across Chicago. He and his wife reside in the Lakeview neighborhood.

Education
2015                    . BArch, University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture, Fayetteville, AR
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Professional Experience
2016-Present Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago, Project Architect
2015-2016 Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago, Intern Architect
2014-2015 David L. Murphree XRG6, Industrial Design Modelling and Rendering
2014 (Summer) Architecture PLLC, Bella Vista, AR, Summer Intern
2013 University of Arkansas Game Design Lab, Digital Artist
2011 (Summer) Polk Stanley Wilcox, Little Rock, AR, Summer Intern
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Professional Affiliations
2016-present American Institute of Architects (AIA), Assoc. AIA Member
2013-2014 AIAS, Vice President for UArk Chapter
2012-2013 AIAS, Newsletter Editor for UArk Chapter
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Honors and Recognition
2016 SpaceX Hyperloop Design Competition, Selected Finalist (WKA)
2016 Build Earth Live Hyperloop Station Design Competition, BIM Innovation Award (WKA)
2015 The Herbert K. Fowler Award
2015 The C. Murray Smart History/Theory Award
2014 Comprehensive Studio Competition Finalist
2008 Eagle Scout, Brotherhood in Order of the Arrow