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. Thomas enjoys exploring speculative futures, and seeks to better unify the ecological with the meaningful in culturally regenerative spaces.

Since joining Wheeler Kearns Architects (WKA) in 2015, Thomas has worked on a range of projects, from small interpretive monument elements for a Wetland Forest Preserve 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. Thomas is currently working on the St. Pauls United Church of Christ masterplan and renovation project, the Granor Greenhouse, and a new parking garage at The Momentary.

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 of the office he is currently pursuing a Masters in Biomimicry at Arizona State University, and can be found reading, camping and designing games in his spare time. Thomas and his wife reside in the Uptown 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
2020 Fay Jones School Alumni Design Awards competition, Ravine House – Merit Award
2020 Fay Jones School Alumni Design Awards competition, The Momentary – Honor Award
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