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Keith VanDerSys

Lecturer
Landscape Architecture

Biography

B.Arch., University of Detroit (1994)
M.A., Critical Studies in Architectural Culture, University of California,
Los Angeles (2004)

 

Keith VanDerSys is co-founder of PEG office of landscape + architecture, an award-winning design and research practice based in Philadelphia. Through uses of new media and fabrication technologies, PEG's work explores methods of systemic patterning to expand landscape's expressive agency in the shaping of the public realm.

The firm has been published extensively and won numerous design awards, including being a finalist for the Movement on Main two-stage competition, the Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Prize for their entry into the HB:BX Building Cultural Infrastructure competition, an Honorable Mention for their entry into the Buzzard's Bay Bridge: Park international design competition, a Recommended Scheme for the Graham Foundation's Park for the 21st Century, three American Institute of Architects Awards, a Contract Magazine award, an I.D. Magazine award, the prestigious Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers sponsored each year by the Architectural League of New York, Boston Society of Architects Research Grant, and most recently a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

Notable publications featuring PEG include A+T: In Commons II (2006), Architectural Record, "Emerging Practices" (2007), Urban Spaces: Squares & Plazas (Barcelona: Carles Broto, 2007), 1000x Architecture of the Americas (Verlagshaus Braun: 2008), "Remarkable Landscape Architects," in ELA Environment & Landscape Architecture of Korea (August 2008), Fellowships in Architecture (ORO editions: 2009), Advanced Public Space (DAMDI: 2009), Young Architects 12: Resource (Princeton Architectural Press: 2011), Via: Dirt (MIT Press: 2012), Representing Landscape Architecture (Routledge: 2012), and Digital Landscape Now (Thames & Hudson: 2012). Most recently PEG was the feature practice in Landscape World: 33 (June, 2010) and Harvard Design Magazine 36: Landscape Architecture's Core (May, 2013).

He is co-author with Karen M'Closkey of the forthcoming book Dynamic Patterns: Visualizing Landscapes in a Digital Age (Routledge Press) which situates the emerging expressions of pattern in landscape architecture.