Faculty and Staff
Keith Van de Riet joined FAU in the fall of 2012 after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Built Ecologies Program with an M.S. and Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences. He worked as a research assistant at The Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE), which co-hosted the Built Ecologies Program at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's office in New York City. He has experience with several architectural research areas and prototypes, ranging from green walls to solar concentration. His dissertation integrated architectural and engineering models with vegetation models to investigate coupled human and natural systems through the lens of architectural design and urban-scale thermodynamics. Within this framework, the dissertation developed a structural landscape system to integrate and reinforce mangrove trees as biomechanical wavebreaks, with the goal of utilizing amplified ecosystem services within an urban context.
Keith has a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from The University of Kansas, where he also worked in construction for Rockhill and Associates in the Kansas Prairie. He has field experience with welding, foundation, framing and finish construction, as well as installation of several green roof systems. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Keith worked on residential, commercial and gallery projects at Lubrano Ciavarra Architects in New York City, where he was an associate designer and project manager. His current research continues the Ph.D. work by investigating methods to couple ecosystem services with human development to improve the environment and increase biodiversity, particularly through bioremediation of urban and agricultural runoff. He is currently working with international experts in engineering, ecology and forest biometrics to integrate models and design approaches to address problems facing coastal urban environments.