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1.  Analogous natural systems, technology transfer from adjacent industries and burgeoning research refined into design solutions.

Thomas Kosbau is Founder and Principal Architect of ORE Design and Technology, based in Brooklyn, New York.

Through his Design +Technology practice Thomas created the first scheme for a building powered by green algae panels in 2003 and the first scalable, zero-energy atmospheric water generator named VENA in 2008, which spun off into the clean-tech companies Grow Energy and VENA Water. ORE was founded as a holistic design firm, reaching beyond its foundational architectural services to create new technologies and products that can pave the way for a better future. ORE specializes in lateral thinking with common technologies and materials.

ORE strives to bring lateral thinking for creative potentials with materials and structures into the everyday experience. ORE’s architectural practice specializes in both high-end residential and commercial design, where he has incorporated proprietary architectural and technological systems that push the boundaries of today’s urban typology.

ORE’s work includes DeKalb Market Riverpark Farm, and Square Roots: a  hydroponic farm incubator; GrowNYC’s community, food-education center called Farmhouse. Dekalb Market won the 2012 NYC Design award and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s “Building Brooklyn Award,” the Riverpark Farm has won the Municipal Arts Society of New York’s “City Livability Award”, an Architizer “A+” award and was the Financial Times/Citigroup Ingenuity Award runner-up for revolutionary civic infrastructural design.

ORE’s forward leaning projects have been receiving accolades as well. ORE took first place in the IIDA Awards competition with a proposal to replace Incheon, Korea’s infrastructure of conventional asphalt roads with organically grown sandstone streets. ORE also won first place in RIBA’s International Energy Revolution competition with its Photosynthetic City Proposal, an integrative approach to local energy production using algae panels. Thomas took first place in the California AIA “Drylands Competition” with a proposal to re-engineer Los Angeles’ fresh water supply system pioneering a zero-energy desalination system.

Thomas recently won design: retail’s 40 under 40 award for his entrepreneurial incubator work in urban neighborhoods, and was named New Talent 2018 by Metropolis Magazine.

Thomas is an integral member of the Sea20 initiative – a group formed to help remediate Oceanic/Global pollution via a civic/sea interface redesign.

Thomas has lectured at universities around the world, including Columbia, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, University of Stuttgart, and the University of Oregon.  He’s been the keynote speaker at the Biennial Oregon AIA Convention, the Verge Green Technology Conference, and Dubai’s Innovation Week.

Thomas is honored to have been nominated for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and the 2020 National Design Award for Architecture!