Thomas enjoys exploring speculative futures, and seeks to better unify the ecological with the meaningful in culturally regenerative spaces.
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. In 2022, received his Masters in Biomimicry from Arizona State University.
Since joining Wheeler Kearns Architects (WKA) in 2015, Thomas has worked on a range of projects, from small interpretive monument elements for the Tinley Creek + Deer Grove Wetland Restoration to a kit-of-parts system for Granor Greenhouse, to The Momentary – the transformation of a decommissioned Kraft Foods Plant into a multidisciplinary performing and visual arts venue in Bentonville, Arkansas.
He has worked on several award-winning single-family residences including the Ravine House, which received a Distinguished Building Award from AIA Chicago, and the St. Joseph Beach House which received the National Contemporary/Modern Architecture Award from Luxe Magazine in 2020. 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 technologies, Thomas seeks to explore and share new techniques with the team. He has taught several internal “WKA-U” lunch and learn courses including a four-part series on IES energy modeling software and one on “Architectural Visualization using Unreal Engine 4.” Thomas leads WKA’s “Green Team” which established a Sustainability Action Plan as part of the firm’s signing on to the 2030 commitment, and has served as a visiting critic at the University of Arkansas and the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Architecture.
Outside the office, he can be found reading, camping and designing games in his spare time. Thomas and his wife reside in the Uptown neighborhood.