James F. Kerestes

James F. Kerestes

Philadelphia, PA, US



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. 



Ball State University, Muncie, IN, US, Assistant Professor

Aug 2015 - 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

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 - Aug 2015

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


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

Aug 2005 - Jan 2007

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

Aug 1998 - May 2003

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