Joseph Dahmen

Assistant Professor
School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Joe Dahmen is an expert on building technology whose research and design projects create a more sustainable future in architecture. His research provides pathways for emergent materials derived from regionally specific biological and geological processes to enter architectural practice. These materials offer new expressive capabilities to architects while positively affecting local ecosystems.

Professor Dahmen’s research tests emergent materials in two different registers. Quantitative methods measure their structural and environmental performance, while their qualitative spatial and cultural potentials are evaluated through public architectural installations. The knowledge gained is articulated through publications, speculative and commissioned design projects, and entrepreneurial activities.

Dahmen is a cofounder of Watershed Materials LLC, an architectural materials development supported by the National Science Foundation (US) and private equity investment. With his partner Amber Frid-Jimenez, Canada Research Chair in design, he runs AFJD Studio, a transdisciplinary design firm based in Vancouver. Dahmen received his Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006.

Primary Recipient Awards

Wall Scholars, Joseph Dahmen, 2016

Joseph Dahmen
Wall Scholars

As a Wall Scholar, Dahmen will focus on the development of mycelium biocomposites for architectural applications. These dynamic mushroom-based materials serve needs that are simultaneously structural, aesthetic, and visceral, while contributing positively to local ecosystems over the lifecycle of buildings. His research will engage with both the technical and broader cultural aspects of mycelium-based materials through physical testing and architectural installations, advancing the cause of sustainability across disciplines.

Early Career Scholars, Joseph Dahmen, 2012

Joseph Dahmen


Related Event

Nov 302016
Wall Wednesday Afternoon Series
Joe Dahmen will present recent architectural installations exploring softness. The move toward soft, regenerative systems has important implications for the way we design...