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Keith Van de Riet

School of Architecture, Design & Planning - Architecture
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Marvin Hall
Room 113
University of Kansas
1465 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Keith Van de Riet joined University of Kansas Architecture in fall of 2015. He received his doctorate in Architectural Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2012 with a focus in Built Ecologies, a program co-hosted by The Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP in New York City. Prior to joining KU, he was teaching and conducting research at Florida Atlantic University, with research activities that include collaborative development of coastal structures to promote ecological services alongside urban development. His research experience includes development of engineered-natural structures, simulation and analysis of environmental systems and prototype testing and development. He received his B.Arch from KU in 2004.

Teaching Interests

  • Architectural and Urban Design
  • Graphic Representation
  • Digital Design and Simulation
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Engineered-living Systems
  • Ecological Architecture

Research Interests

  • Engineered-living Systems
  • Biomimetic Design
  • Coastal Urbanism
  • Mangrove Ecosystems
  • Constructed Ecologies
  • Building and Environment Modeling

Selected Publications

Van de Riet, K. (2017). Craft in the Digital Era: Louis Sullivan, Digital Technology, and Designbuild Education. Oz Journal, 39.

Kazemi, A. Van de Riet, K. & Curet, O. (2017). Hydrodynamics of mangrove-type root models: the effect of porosity, spacing ratio and flexibility. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 12(5). DOI:10.1088/1748-3190/aa7ccf http://stacks.iop.org/1748-3190/12/i=5/a=056003

Vogt, J. Gillner, S. Hofmann, M. Tharang, A. Dettmann, S. Gerstenberg, T. Schmidt, C. Gebauer, H. Van de Riet, K. Berger, U. & Roloff, A. (2017). Citree: A database supporting tree selection for urban areas in temperate climate. Landscape and Urban Planning,(157), 14-25.

Van de Riet, K. J., & Uta, B. (2016). Integrated Forest Biometrics for Landscape-Responsive Coastal Urbanism. In Design Modelling Symposium 2015: Modelling Behavior. Switzerland: Springer. 541.

Van de Riet, K. (2013). Coupling Ecological Productivity with Anthropogenic Waste Streams to Regenerate Coastlines. In Conference Proceedings of ACSA Subtropical Cities 2013, Florida Atlantic University, October 17-19, 2013.

Van de Riet, K. (2012). Integrated Design and Modeling of Coupled Mangrove and Urban Ecosystems. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Van de Riet, K. Berger, U. Dyson, A. Gowdy, J. Parks, S. Proffitt, E. Zeghal, M. & Vollen, J. (2011). Multidisciplinary Modeling of Coupled Mangrove and Urban Ecosystems. In Conference Proceedings of SubTropical Cities 2011, Florida Atlantic University, March 8-11, 2011.

Vollen, J. O., Dyson, A. H., & Van de Riet, K. (2010). Investigation of mangrove compliant structural systems in association with human coastal development. In (RE)building: Flood Architecture. ACSA Proceedings. March 4-7, 2010.

Selected Presentations

Van de Riet, K. Rees, J. Downen, J. & Zahner, W. . (10/26/2017). Biomorphic Form. International Sculpture Conference. Kansas City, KS

Van de Riet, K. . (10/19/2017). Sullivan revisited with digital technologies. American Institute of Architects, Kansas: Evolve. Lawrence, KS

Van de Riet, K. . (10/12/2017). Prototyping Organic Architecture: Digital Sullivan and Artificial Mangroves. City College Architecture, New York City

Van de Riet, K. . (06/13/2017). Living Systems in Architecture. Lawrence Creates Makerspace Stone Carving Workshop. Lawrence, KS

Van de Riet, K. . (02/23/2017). Living Systems in Architecture. KU SADP Research Symposium. Lawrence, KS

Van de Riet, K. . (10/29/2016 - 10/29/2016). Reef Walls: Eco-friendly Seawalls. Englewood Ecofest. Englewood, FL

Van de Riet, K. . (04/22/2016 - 04/22/2016). Shape Grammar Enhanced Photography for Bio-responsive Structures. KU SADP Research Symposium. Marvin Forum

Van de Riet, K. . (03/25/2016 - 03/25/2016). Shape Grammar Enhanced Photography for Bio-responsive Structures. KU Red Hot Research Event. KU Commons

Kazemi, A. Parry, S. Van de Riet, K. & Curet, O. . (11/22/2015). The effect of porosity and flexibility on the hydrodynamics behind a mangrove-like root model. 68th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics. Boston, Massachusetts

Van de Riet, K. & . (10/01/2015 - 10/01/2015). Integrated Forest Biometrics for Landscape-Responsive Coastal Urbanism. Design Modelling Symposium 2015: Modelling Behavior. Copenhagen, Denmark

Van de Riet, K. . (10/18/2013 - 10/18/2013). Coupling Ecological Productivity with Anthropogenic Waste Streams to Regenerate Coastlines. ACSA Subtropical Cities 2013. Fort Lauderdale

Van de Riet, K. . (03/09/2013 - 03/09/2013). Coupled Human and Natural Coastal Systems. Panel Moderator, Resiliency and the Built Environment Colloquium, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Troy, NY

Van de Riet, K. . (03/09/2011 - 03/09/2011). Multidisciplinary Modeling of Coupled Mangrove and Urban Ecosystems. Presentation, SubTropical Cities Conference, Florida Atlantic University. Fort Lauderdale

Van de Riet, K. . (12/31/2010). Interdisciplinary Modeling of a Reinforced Mangrove Shoreline. Presentation, Tulane Engineering Forum, Tulane University. New Orleans

Van de Riet, K. . (03/05/2010 - 03/05/2010). Investigation of mangrove compliant structural systems in association with human coastal development. Presentation, 98th Annual ACSA Meeting: [RE]building: Flood Architecture. New Orleans

Selected Grants

Van de Riet, Keith, (Co-Principal), ADaPT: Adaptation Design and Planning Tool for Urban Areas in the Coastal Zone, Florida Sea Grant, $186,874, Submitted 03/01/2015 . Federal. Status: Funded.

Van de Riet, Keith, (Principal), BioMOP: Bioremediative Mangrove Oyster Project, Weston's WannaB Inn, Englewood, FL, $14,250, Submitted 10/01/2012 . Private. Status: Funded.

Van de Riet, Keith, (Principal), Curet, Oscar, (Co-Principal), Development and Hydrodynamic Characterization of an Engineered-Mangrove Wave Damping System, $33,000, Submitted 01/01/2014 . Other University. Status: Funded.

Van de Riet, Keith, (Principal), Reinforced Mangrove Protective Infrastructure, Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, $25,000, Submitted 10/01/2011 . Foundation. Status: Funded.

Van de Riet, Keith, (Principal), Advanced fabrication of high-performance passive architectural and landscape systems, University of Kansas, $8,000, Submitted 04/15/2017 (07/01/2017 - 07/01/2019) . This New Faculty Research Grant funding will support two specific activities: (1) expanding the applications of the existing robotics laboratory at The School of Architecture, Design and Planning (SADP), and (2) assembling external funding proposals that leverage this technology for research in the area of high-performance passive architectural systems. Passive architectural systems are those materials and geometries that capitalize on natural bioclimatic factors without the need for operational energy input. High-performance versions utilize embedded material and geometry effects to amplify the beneficial returns of passive systems. These architectural envelope and landscape systems may be used to conserve energy or as natural habitats to increase biodiversity in urban areas, the latter of which is often referred to as “Win-Win Ecology.” Computer numeric control fabrication techniques can be highly optimized to increase the return on investments of these technologies, and by expanding the use of this technology at SADP make it an attractive for potential students, funding agencies and industrial collaborators. University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.


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