/ôr/, noun:
1.  Unrefined creative potential synthesized into design solutions.
2.  Origin
Ore-gon is the home state of ORE Design’s founder, Thomas Kosbau.

Thomas Kosbau is founder of TKO Architecture and ORE Design+Technology.  Through his Design +Technology practice he 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.  His Architectural practice has won numerous awards, including the New York Design Award and the Building Brooklyn Award for a new Model of pop-up urbanism with the Dekalb Market,  the Municipal Arts Society Livable City Award for a new model of urban agriculture with Riverpark Farm, and the California Institute of Architect’s “Drylands Award” for his reprogramming of the LA River into a zero-energy desalination machine.   Kosbau’s current work includes working on solutions for the global, affordable housing crisis, a full-scale atmospheric water generator proof of concept, and a food/STEM education community center in Redhook Brooklyn.  

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