Duks Koschitz

PROFILE: Duks Koschitz

INFORMATION
Associate Professor
Undergraduate Architecture
duks@pratt.edu

COURSES

ARCH-102-01 Design II
ARCH-581A-16 Design & Computation

BIOGRAPHY

Duks Koschitz joined the faculty at Pratt Institute as Assistant Professor of Design and Technology in 2012 and focuses on integrating technology in an undergraduate curriculum that supports students in developing their design skills. His pedagogy for the first year architecture studio takes advantage of rule based systems and algorithmic thinking in analog ways. The curriculum establishes analog evaluation of digital workflows and aspires to get students to be computation-ready. His 2-part design & computation seminar focuses on the history of design algorithms and hands-on applications of computational systems for design.
Duks co-founded sparc, a design and research collaborative in 2007 with 3 colleagues at MIT. The practice has won the 1st prize of “London 2008” an ideas competition for the river Thames Gallery and the 1st prize of the “Gillette Sculpture Competition” in Boston in 2010. From 2000 to 2007 Duks was the lead designer at NMDA for all of the office’s built projects. The co-authored projects have won national and local AIA awards and the last project Duks was in charge of, HL23 in NY, was also exhibited at MOCA in Los Angeles in 2007. Prior to working with Neil Denari he worked in design focused offices such as office dA, Morphosis, Eric O. Moss, Asymptote, Coop Himmelblau and Ian Ritchie Architects.

Duks is currently pursuing a PhD in the Design & Computation Group at M.I.T. and writes on curved crease paperfolding, specifically on the work of computer scientist David A. Huffman. The dissertation describes and evaluates over 200 models by Huffman in a taxonomy and compares the work to several contemporary artists, designers and mathematicians.

He is also conducting research in creative learning and developed ‘Beetle Blocks’ with Eric Rosenbaum, a software to teach algorithmic thinking to generate forms. Beetle Blocks allows designers to build stacks of procedural commands as a way to teach programming and discrete geometric constructs. His research on form active shapes is inspired by the work of structural engineer Heinz Isler. Duks has held several research positions and has evaluated and documented all of Isler’s models for the Heinz Isler Archiv at the ETH in Zurich in 2010 and 2011. Duks graduated from the Technical University in Vienna in 1998.

PROFESSIONAL WORK

To read Duks’ papers on Curved Crease Paperfolding, visit the MIT Publications page here.

To learn more about “Futures Past: Design and the Machine,” a conference organized by Duks in Nov. 2013, please visit the conference website.

To learn more about the “Add-on’13″ Competition organized by Duks in 2013 for the design of affordable accessory dwellings for the outer Cape, please visit the competition blog here.