Duks Koschitz recently joined the faculty at Pratt Institute as Assistant Professor of Design and Technology and will focus on integrating technology in an undergraduate curriculum that supports students in developing their design skills. 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. In 1999 Duks worked with Nader Tehrani and Monica Ponce de Leon and was the project architect for Mantra in Boston. Prior to working at Office da he worked in design focused offices such as Morphosis, Eric O. Moss, Asymptote, Coop Himmelblau and Ian Ritchie Architects. Duks received a PhD in the Design & Computation Group at M.I.T. in 2014 writing on curved crease paperfolding, specifically on the work of computer scientist David A. Huffman. He is conducting research in creative learning and developed 'Beetle Blocks' with Eric Rosenbaum, a software to teach algorithmic thinking to generate forms. 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 2011. Duks graduated from the Technical University in Vienna in 1998.
2014 Doctoral Dissertation: "Computational Design with Curved Creases: David Huffman's Approach to Paperfolding"