NSTRMNT is a repository of creative works by Brian Harms, which aims to investigate and improve the ever-changing relationship between tools [ hardware / software ] and processes of design and fabrication through research and development.
Harms is currently working as a Research Engineer within the Think Tank Team at Samsung Research America, Silicon Valley. He recently earned a Masters in Design Research at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc, 2013), and has a bachelors degree in Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, (2011). He has previously worked at such firms as IwamotoScott, Future Cities Lab, Griffin Enright Architects, and has consulted for Stephen Phillips Architects (SPARCHS), Doug Jackson Design Office, and Testa/Weiser.
Much of the work showcased here involves designing and developing digital tools and physical prototypes which help aid and inform creative design processes and fabrication methods. Harms has also developed a set of tools for Grasshopper called CRANE which interface with a range of industrial robot arms.
The work featured under "Projects" is a mix of both independent and collaborative efforts. Credits are listed below project descriptions when applicable.