Aaron Willette

Aaron Willette

Ann Arbor, MI, US



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

A designer and technologist in Ann Arbor, MI, his current investigations relate to the practical application of computational tools and their intersection with traditional interpretations of craft and technique. Aaron is currently finishing a Masters of Science in Architecture at the University of Michigan with dual concentrations in Digital Technologies and Material Systems. After serving as a research assistant in the school's Digital Fabrication Lab he recently joined the university as the FABLab Coordinator where he is lucky enough to play with CNC machines and gives robots high-fives.

Aaron is also a founding partner of the design and research practice Khôra with his long-time collaborator Rob Trumbour. An off-shoot of their earlier efforts as the media-arts installation collaborative Artforming, Khôra has served as a means for the pair to focus their efforts through both writing and fabrication. Recent written pieces have dealt with the positioning of installation art in architecture and an examination of computation for analog processes; their first installation under the new alias will take place June 2013 in Cambridge, MA.

Holding a Bachelors of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology along with Associate degrees in both Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering, Aaron worked at the school managing the fabrication facilities and co-teaching undergraduate coursework dealing with the application of computational tools in the design process. He has also collaborated with the digital design collective LaN and worked in a handful of architectural practices.

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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

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


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

May 2013 - current

Khôra, Boston, MA, US, Founding partner

Jun 2012 - current

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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