AFJD is the design studio of Amber Frid-Jimenez and Joe Dahmen. The studio specializes in architecture and information design. Our transdisciplinary approach engages advanced technology to create conceptually rigorous virtual and environmentally sustainable built environments. Our practice is eclectic and multidimensional, which reflects the changing culture of design and technology. We invent new processes and create social and political situations around the design of architecture, information design, and social media.
We have been working together for fifteen years. Much of that time we have been in Boston, where we stayed after finishing degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We recently relocated to Vancouver and travel back and forth to Norway and the Netherlands for research and projects.
Photo credit: David Niddrie
Amber Frid-Jimenez is an awarding-winning interaction and print designer who has taught design studios and seminars at the Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Visual Arts Program, at the National Arts Academy (KHiB) in Bergen, Norway and most recently, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, where she is currently an associate professor. She holds a Masters in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab where she studied with John Maeda.
Joe Dahmen trained as an architect at MIT and is an expert on sustainable building technology. He is an Assistant Professor of Design and Sustainability Integration at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where he teaches design studios and building technology courses. He is also a Faculty Associate of the Peter Wall Institute. He has an Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked with Yung Ho Chang and 2008 MacArthur Fellow John Ochsendorf.