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Aaron Keast

College of Architecture and Design
Fabrication Specialist, buildLab

A lifelong designer, maker, and tinkerer, Aaron believes the best way to design a thing is to build it. He studied architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy before earning a BFA in interior design from Wayne State University.

Between stints with local architectural firms, Aaron has always found home in a wood shop. He has taught classes at the makerspace TechShop Detroit and at the College for Creative Studies. He is currently on staff in the CCS Model Shop, helping students across majors model their designs.

In 2015, Aaron launched his side project, Hog Island Woodcraft. Under this brand, he makes and sells bespoke and limited-run furniture and home goods. In these pieces and in his artwork, Aaron explores the embedded histories and contemporary tensions in the objects we make and consume.

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