Joe teaches design studios and courses in the architecture and landscape architecture programs and runs the Studio for Form and Energy. With his partner Amber Frid-Jimenez, Canada Research Chair in design, he runs AFJD Studio, a transdisciplinary design firm based in Vancouver. He is co-founder and Director of Sustainability at Watershed Materials LLC, an architectural materials company supported by the US National Science Foundation and private equity investment.

Joe’s research and design projects investigate the technical methods and cultural effects of resource use at the scales of architecture and territory. He is a frequent conference speaker on these topics and has consulted on projects in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prior to joining SALA, he was CEO of Bodega Algae, a start-up company developing technology for advanced biofuels.

He is a faculty associate of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.


M.Arch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BA (Hons), Wesleyan University