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    Thomas Martin Kearns

    Studio Associate Professor
    Director of Design Communications
    Partner, sand_box

    Office: Room 112
    3410 S. State Street
    Office Hours: Thursdays, 12 - 6 pm
    Phone: 312.567.3937
    Fax: 312.567.5820
    Email: kearns@iit.edu
    Web: www.sndbx.com


    • Architectural design and theory


    • B.Arch., Iowa State University

    Curriculum Vitae

    Courses Taught

    Research & Major Accomplishments

    My research focuses on making meaningful connections between physical and digital environments. This work manifests through interactive technologies and digital fabrication systems with an emphasis on design build approaches combined with investigation into the implications of the Open Source paradigm on the practice of design.

    Current Projects

    • Contested Space, Mutually responsive installation between a custom 3d video game and a physically augmented residence.
    • Montauk III, 5000 sf beach house. Montauk, NY
    • Fresh Pond, 2500 sf residence. Fresh Pond NY
    • Long Sands, 2500 sf summer residence. Long Sands, ME
    • Hellenic Museum Oral History Project, Interactive Environment + software for museum exhibition
    • Earth Friendly Products/Whole Foods, Prototype development of a product packing/shipping/display system for an eco-based product line
    • Layover, production design for digital film
    • Multiple residential renovations + additions


    • Wallpaper Magazine breakthrough designers of the year 2007
    • Finalist, ID Magazine Annual Design Review 2006



    Selected Publications

    Professional work published in Wallpaper, ID, Occulus, New York Magazine

    Professional Society Memberships

    Editorial Board Service

    Professional Society Service

    Grants and Fellowships

    Community Service