James F. Kerestes, RA, LEED AP
James F. Kerestes is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Ball State University and the founder of blok+WERK studio, an interdisciplinary research lab in the field of architecture and design. He holds 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.
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 the abandonment of typological obligations in favor of formations generated through computational design processes. This emphasis does not look at buildings as reducible to part-to-whole relationships, but rather as object to object and object to itself relations. Drawing on design communication, digital fabrication, graphic design and material research, James teaches graduate and undergraduate studios and seminars rooted in the rigorous exploration of design inquiry.