Director of Research & Development
Tom Yankelitis, a founding member of Fluidity, has spent his entire professional career in water design—nearly twenty years—and has been closely involved with many of the field’s most promising projects.
Tom obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Woodbury University in Los Angeles. While a university student, he began working on water feature design projects with James Garland at an internationally recognized fountain design firm where he remained for six years before joining James in establishing Fluidity in 2002.
At Fluidity, Tom works in various senior positions, analyzing and developing projects, brainstorming ideas, counseling water design teams, and programming water features on sites around the world. Additionally, he directs the studio’s facility and technology needs, and oversees mock-ups and testing of special conditions and new products. Importantly, Tom also spearheads the company’s Narwhal program, a sophisticated particle physics visualizer and algorithm-based choreography engine.
Tom’s significant project experience includes the Pacific Design Center (Los Angeles, USA), Hollywood Park (Los Angeles, USA), Grand Park (Los Angeles, USA), Hearst Building (New York City, USA), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City, USA), Short Pump Town Center (Virginia, USA), Dubai Festival City (Dubai, UAE), Klyde Warren Park (Dallas, USA), First Baptist Church (Dallas, USA), Cairo Festival City (Cairo, Egypt), The Decorative Center, (Houston, USA) and Tulsa Great Park (Oklahoma, USA).