James F. Kerestes

James F. Kerestes

Muncie, IN, US



James F. Kerestes is a registered architect who holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University and a Post-Professional Master of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute. James is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at Ball State University where his research focuses on the exploration of emerging media in the search for novel architectural design inquires rooted in storytelling and worldbuilding.

Prior to his position at Ball State, he taught digital media/emergent technologies at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. He also worked in several architectural practices in the Philadelphia area, developing public projects nationally and abroad. 


Ball State University, Muncie, Associate Professor

Aug 2022 - current

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

Aug 2015 - Aug 2022

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, 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, 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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