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James F. Kerestes

James F. Kerestes

Philadelphia, PA, US

 

About 

James F. Kerestes [RA, LEED AP BD+C] is the founder and principal of blok+WERK studio, an interdisciplinary research lab in the field of architecture and design.

James has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Architecture degree from Pratt Institute. He has taught digital media and emergent technologies at Pratt Institute, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to academia, James is a registered architect in the state of Pennsylvania and has been working professionally in the Philadelphia area since 2003. 

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Ball State University, Muncie, IN, US, Design Innovation Fellow

Currently pursuing research interests while teaching Graduate and Undergraduate courses in the College of Architecture and Planning.

Aug 2013 - current
 

blok+WERK studio, Philadelphia, PA, US, Founder

blok+WERK is an interdisciplinary research initiative founded by James F. Kerestes. The studio is focused on computational form generation that is informed by the analysis of natural systems. The experimental projects are rooted in simulating and processing the inherent material logic and mass customization found in biological systems for the use of generating an architectural approach to building.

Mar 2011 - current
 

Ramla Benaissa Architects, Philadelphia, PA, US, Architect

Feb 2010 - Jul 2013
 

University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Philadelphia, PA, US, Lecturer

Studio assistant for post-professional graduate design course (Ferda Kolatan studio).

Aug 2012 - Dec 2012
 

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US, Digital Media Assistant

Developed and conducted workshops aimed at teaching specific emergent technologies for students in architectural design studios.

Sep 2009 - Dec 2011
 

BLT Architects, Philadelphia, PA, US, Design Architect

Feb 2007 - Feb 2010
 

University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Philadelphia, PA, US, Visual Studies Instructor

Instructor for graduate level course aimed at investigating both the technical and emotive aspects of drawing with digital tools.

Aug 2007 - Dec 2008
 

Education 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, Masters, Architecture

Aug 2005 - Jan 2007
 

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 1998 - May 2003
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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