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Aaron Willette

Aaron Willette

San Jose, CA, US

 

About 

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.

Elsewhere:

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' with Bill Zahner, head of the engineering-design consultancy behind the Petersen Automotive Museum's redesign, Tue, May 31 '16

For the second installation of the Matters of Scale series I’m talking to Bill Zahner, president and CEO of the A. Zahner Company. For many people Bill doesn’t need an introduction—he’s been involved with the engineering and fabrication of metal façade systems for ...

'Matters of Scale' with Bill Zahner, head of the engineering-design consultancy behind the Petersen Automotive Museum's redesign
 

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
 

Employment 

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
 

Education 

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
 

Areas of Specialization 



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