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Keith Van de Riet

School of Architecture, Design & Planning - Architecture
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Marvin Studios
Room 132
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.

Huber, J. Van de Riet, K. Sandell, J. & Scarpa, L. (2017). Salty Urbanism: Towards an Adaptive Coastal Design Framework. The Plan, 2(2), 105-130. DOI:10.15274/tpj.2017.02.02.06

Van de Riet, K. Aquino-Thomas, J. & Conradie, P. (2017). Towards integration of habitat grammars for biodiverse and resilient coastal structures . The Plan, 2(2), 69-85. DOI:10.15274/tpj.2017.02.02.06

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

Selected Grants