James F. Kerestes

James F. Kerestes

Muncie, IN, US



James F. Kerestes is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and the Director of HIVE: Design Collective, a thought leader shaping the global discourse brought about by disruptive innovations in digital technologies at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University and a Post-Professional Master of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute. Prior to his current position at Ball State, he has taught digital media and emergent technologies at Pratt Institute, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

From 2013 through 2015, James was selected as the Design Innovation Fellow within the Department of Architecture at Ball State University. In addition to academia, James is a registered architect in the state of Pennsylvania where he worked at various architecture firms in the Philadelphia area.

His current research focuses on identifying and exploring the latent potential within tools and building typologies to instigate novel architectural design inquiries. This emphasis explores methods for engaging tools as mediums where authorial exchanges lead to new opportunities in design communication, architectural storytelling, user interaction, digital fabrication, and construction. 


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

Aug 2015 - 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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