About Theo

Theo Armour was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Paris and the United States. Theo lives in San Francisco and Paris and has three daughters: Alix living in Paris, Cynthia in Oakland and Eloise in San Luis Obispo. He attended a number of schools including the Princeton Day School, St Paul's School, Buckingham Browne & Nichols and Syracuse University.

He is an architect educated at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He practiced architecture in London and Hong Kong and has been a member of ARCUK (now the ARB), RIBA and HKIA. While in Hong Kong, he was employed by YRM and Apple Computer Hong Kong; a founder of PC Plus, an Apple and an IBM PC dealership specializing in Computer Aided Design; a founder of the Hong Kong Macintosh User Group and of the Asian Venture Capital Journal; and a member of the IEEE and the HKCS. He was a competitive swimmer and also served as a board member with the Hong Kong Sports Association for the Physically Handicapped. His primary endeavor was founder and CEO of a computer-aided design consultancy: CAD-Asia.

Theo was awarded the English Channel Swimming Association’s Van Audernaerde Prize for Best Disabled Swim in 1980. In 2006 he was awarded first place for fastest disabled swimmer in the annual “Escape from Alcatraz” competition.

In the 1990’s he was Program Manager at Autodesk for AutoCAD Releases 13, 14 and the beginning of Release 2000. Subsequently he has implemented web sites for a number of artists, start-ups and various worthy organizations and has been an angel to a number of start-ups.

From 2001 to 2008 he was a member of the Board of Advisers of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and was designer and webmaster of their web site from 2001 to 2004.

Theo has helped a number of artists and designers with their web sites helping including Lynn Hirshman Leeson and Professor Lawrence Lessig with their web sites. Theo is a collector of web sites that are works of art. He firmly believes that the great art of the future will be the art of the Internet and would be pleased to hear from artists, curators and galleries with similar intentions.

He has a web presence on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and GitHub. Theo is an angel investor and technical adviser helping small start-ups. These include Hommage, Point 65, Orbitec, Norroc and PhilQuo Ventures. He serves on the board of directors of WebSight Design.

His recent endeavors include investigating and developing collaborative and error-checking tools for Computer Aided Design systems and methods for displaying quantitative day using animation and 3D, in particular with using WebGL and the Three.js JavaScript 3D libary as discussed on jaanga.com and mangojango.com.

His current work is all free and open source software (FOSS). The intention is to create scripts that encourage you to fork ( geek for 'copy'), edit and share the knowledge. Motivation is encouraged by scripts that are small, fast and easy. It's all available via theo-armour.github.io and jaanga.github.io. Current projects include:
Hacking efforts with other GitHub organizations include: WikiHouse, OpenDesk, vA3C, aeChack, FGxsoundViz, Abantech and more.


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