Thomas Laureyssens is an interaction-designer, lecturer and artist at the LUCA School of Arts (KU Leuven, BE). His research is inspired by urban and societal theme's, and driven by a grounded optimism. Currently, he is conducting artistic PhD research (2011-16) on the way in which games, ludic interventions and participatory tools for the urban environment can be used to improve the quality of these spaces, making them more social.
After obtaining a Master’s degree in Graphic and Media design at Sint Lukas Brussels, he combined studio work with experimental media-arts projects, before joining the LUCA School of Arts as a design researcher and lecturer in 2007. He collaborated with a manifold of arts and research partners, including iMinds and Alcatel-Lucent. Together with the Social Spaces Research Group he investigates tools for collaborative practices, such as MAP-it, a hands-on tool used to plan, analyze and reconstruct past and future projects and spaces. It is a method to visualize a process in space and time, in a low-tech, open and flexible manner. It can be used in various situations, such as brainstorms, workshops, debriefings, and interviews.