Landscape Architecture

Keith VanDerSys

Senior Lecturer

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

Keith VanDerSys is co-founder of PEG office of landscape + architecture, an award-winning design and research practice based in Philadelphia. Using 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, which include: an Honorable Mention for their entry into the Buzzard's Bay Bridge: Park international design competition; the 2010 Emerging New York Architects prize; the 2010 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers sponsored by the Architectural League of New York; a Boston Society of Architects Research Grant; Metropolis Magazine’s “The Select Ten;” a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and were short-listed for the Movement on Main two-stage competition. Most recently, PEG, as part of a University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design team (with Bionic) was selected as 1 of 10 teams in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bay Area: Resilient by Design.

Notable publications featuring PEG include A+T: In Commons II (2006), Architectural Record, "Emerging Practices" (2007), "Remarkable Landscape Architects," in ELA Environment & Landscape Architecture of Korea (August 2008), Young Architects 12: Resource (Princeton Architectural Press: 2011), Representing Landscape Architecture (Routledge: 2012), Digital Landscape Now (Thames & Hudson: 2012), 30:30 Landscape Architects (Phaidon Press, 2015), Landscape Architecture and Digital Technologies (Routledge, 2016), Kerb 23: Digital Landscape (Actar, 2016), Innovations in Landscape Architecture (Routledge 2016), Landscape Theory in Design (Routledge 2017). PEG has also been a “featured practice” in Landscape World: 33 (June, 2010) and Harvard Design Magazine 36: Landscape Architecture's Core (May, 2013).

VanDerSys is co-author with Karen M'Closkey of the book Dynamic Patterns: Visualizing Landscapes in a Digital Age (Routledge Press, 2017) which situates the emerging expressions of pattern in landscape architecture. He and M'Closkey are guest editors of an issue of LA+ on the theme of Simulation (ORO, Fall 2016).