Aaron Willette

Aaron Willette

San Jose, CA, US



Aaron likes his music loud, his coffee black and his whiskey neat.

A designer and technologist in San Jose, CA, his current investigations relate to the practical application of computational tools and their intersection with traditional interpretations of craft and technique. Aaron is a founding partner of the design and research practice Khôra with his long-time collaborator Rob Trumbour. Together they recently curated the exhibition Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building for the Boston Society of Architects. He would tell you about his day job, but he'd have to neutralize you if he did.


Aaron's Design Blog on Archinect:

Tangential Fabrications : or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Computer

An in-the-trenches view of digital fabrication, academic research, post-hardcore music and whiskey. Not necessarily in that order and often in combination.

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Aaron's Featured Articles on Archinect

Matters of Scale: Mass – an interview with Jim Durham of Quarra Stone, Fri, Dec 11 '15

Quarra Stone is a great example of the type of practices I’ll be talking to as part of the Matters of Scale series on Archinect. They’re specialty fabricators that are recognized experts in their field, employing many of the tools and technologies being discussed in academia to craft ...

Matters of Scale: Mass – an interview with Jim Durham of Quarra Stone

MIT, Going FAST After 150 Years, Fri, May 6 '11

In 2011 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding, an occasion marked with 150 consecutive days of activities commemorating its long history of technology innovation. The most prominent of the exhibits, performances and symposia making up the ...

MIT, Going FAST After 150 Years


Apple, Cupertino, CA, US, Robotics Engineer

Jul 2015 - current

Khôra, Boston, MA, US, Founding partner

Jun 2012 - current

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, FABLab Coordinator

May 2013 - Jul 2015

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Graduate Student Research Assistant

Sep 2011 - Apr 2013

Artforming, Principal

Jul 2008 - Jun 2012
Oct 2008 - Sep 2011

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Model shop supervisor

Jan 2006 - Aug 2011

Dietz & Co. Architects, Intern architect

Nov 2004 - Jan 2006


University of Michigan, Masters, MSArch, Digital Technologies & Material Systems

Sep 2011 - current

Wentworth Institute of Technology, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2000 - May 2004

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Architectural Engineering

Sep 2000 - May 2004
Sep 1998 - May 2000

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