Joseph Choma, Ph.D.

                                        DIRECTOR and PROFESSOR
                                        School of Architecture
                                        (954) 762-0000


Joseph Choma is Director of the School of Architecture and Professor of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University.

Joseph is also the Founder and Director of the Design Topology Lab, an interdisciplinary practice which conducts design research and provides consultation relating to material innovation, unconventional means and methods of construction, and the role of geometry in the built environment. Current topics of exploration include: foldable structures and materials, lightweight deployable shelters, ultra-thin formwork for concrete casting, stay-in-place formwork for shell structures and concrete slabs, and advancements in natural fiber textiles. As a researcher, he uses mathematics, folding, structure and materials as generative design devices to imagine new ways to design and build more sustainably.  

He is the author of Morphing: A Guide to Mathematical Transformations for Architects and Designers (Laurence King Publishing, 2015), Études for Architects (Routledge, 2018) and The Philosophy of Dumbness (ORO Editions, 2020). His books have received reviews in Architectural Record, Architecture NZ Magazine, Art Libraries Society of North America, RIBA Journal, and the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, among others.

He has received awards from both the American Institute of Architects and the American Composites Manufacturers Association. His recent material explorations have been noted by CompositesWorld Magazine as “spearheading research into the use of foldable composites." He is the inventor of Foldable Composite Structures — U.S. Patent Number 10,994,468. In short, he invented a technique that allows fiberglass to fold by hand — similar to folding a sheet of paper.

Previously, Joseph Choma was an Associate Professor of Architecture and Director of the Master of Science in Architecture program at Clemson University. He has also taught as a Visiting Associate Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as an Associate Professor Adjunct at The Cooper Union. Additionally, he was the 2019-20 NCCR Digital Fabrication Researcher in Residence at the ETH Zurich. 

Joseph completed graduate studies in design and computation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed his PhD in Architecture at the University of Cambridge, UK where he was a Cambridge International Scholar.