Justin Diles is an assistant professor of architecture at the Knowlton School. His current design work and research centers on the architectural effects of thick assemblies made from thin but strong materials. Strategically drawing on architectural history, contemporary visual culture, digital design and fabrication techniques, and advanced composite materials, Diles teaches studios and seminars that promote architecture that is visually animated, materially concentrated and expertly constructed.
Diles received his Bachelor’s Degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, where he was awarded the Faculty Prize for distinguished work. Before coming to Knowlton, he taught at The University of Applied Arts, Vienna in the studio of Greg Lynn and at the University of Pennsylvania as a lecturer in the post-professional program.
Diles has led numerous workshops on contemporary design techniques, most recently at the 2011 Smart Geometry Workshop at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen. He enjoys an ongoing collaboration and dialogue with the structural engineer and programmer Clemens Preisinger at Bollinger Grohmann Engineers, Vienna. Prior to joining the architecture faculty, Diles held the Knowlton School’s Howard E. LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellowship during which he developed an original architectural tectonic from his research into deformation patterns produced by structural buckling.