Julio Diarte is an architect from Paraguay, currently a Ph.D. candidate in Architecture at Penn State University with the support of a Fulbright-CAL scholarship granted in 2016. His Ph.D. focuses on architectural material processes and computational design. The research explores craft/digital-based methods and tools for reusing waste cardboard as a building material for low-cost housing in developing parts of the world. He has presented his research at international conferences about circular economy and computational design. In December 2019, the Sustainability Institute and the Council of Sustainable Leaders at Penn State recognized his work with the John Roe Sustainability Award. Master in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – Barcelona Tech in 2009. Worked as architect and construction technician in Spain and Romania between 2006 and 2009 and developed his practice in Paraguay since 2010 designing and leading the construction of private houses, educational, commercial, and industrial buildings.

Since 2011, he is a faculty of the School of Architecture, Design, and Arts School (FADA)at the National University of Asuncion where co-founded the Center for Research, Development, and Innovation (CIDi) and the Fab Lab CIDi in 2013. At the CIDi, he led research projects and organized international workshops from 2011 to 2016. In 2018, the FADA published a book about Paraguayan Architecture during the mid-twentieth century on which he was one of the editors and authors. Other research interests in addition to waste material reuse for architecture are digital fabrication and modern architecture in Paraguay and Latin America.

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Developing new methods for repurposing waste materials.

Looking into mid-century modern Paraguayan Architecture.


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