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Keelan Kaiser Profile

Contact Information

Name:Keelan Kaiser
Year Started:1998
Phone Number:847-628-1011
Office Location:HAWAC 207


M.Arch., 1993, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.S. Architectural Studies, 1991, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Keelan P. Kaiser is a national collaborator in architecture education, an architecture program administrator, an educator, and a practicing architect. He is a native of Nebraska; he has lived and practiced in Lincoln, New York City, and Chicago; and has experienced multiple North American, European, and Asian cities. Kaiser studied under notable visionaries Michael Sorkin and Aaron Betsky, among others, while completing the M.Arch. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1993), and worked in the office of Peter Eisenman. He considers himself a recovering post-structuralist and optimist. A licensed architect, Kaiser has designed small to medium scaled architecture, primarily educational in type, in Nebraska, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, and New York. He holds national certification through NCARB and is a LEED accredited professional. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force Reserve, serving in two terms of active duty, including one term served stateside in support of wartime action (Desert Storm, 1991). His father is a finish carpenter and furniture maker, and he is married to designer Melisa (Shaw) Kaiser, and is the father of Nikolas, Kadin, Aria, and Mathias. He completed the 2012 Chicago Marathon.

Expertise / Involvements

Professor Kaiser’s career could be described as hybridized and elastic, broadly experiencing the boundaries of the discipline, collaborating with multiple others inside and outside the disciplines, and keenly aware of the value of life-enriching architecture and urbanism. He explores contemporary practice and education through a lens of passivity, or passive systems including daylighting, passive solar and natural ventilation. He is involved with the AIA/SBSE Carbon Neutral Design Studio Curriculum Project, an international education resource development initiative, developing and refining architecture pedagogy in conjunction with the 2030 Challenge. He believes the creation of healthy buildings that lead to improved quality of life and edify the human spirit are among the highest callings of the architect. His teaching has spanned the spectrum of architectural education, from history to building technology to design, and from first year studio to graduate theses. Professor Kaiser is an active practitioner with the green design firm Serena Sturm Architects in Chicago, exploring passivity in contemporary design. He is an ACSA-nominated member of the NAAB board of directors where he currently serves as President during the final term of a three year appointment (2009-2012), and is a past ACSA board of directors member (2006-09).


The Designers Guide to Doing Research: Applying Knowledge to Inform Design, Ed. Sally Augustin and Cindy Coleman, Wiley (2012). Chapter 7 includes Post-Occupancy Evaluation Case Study, Primary author.

Digital Architecture, M. Uddin, McGraw Hill Publishing (1999) Publication includes two student digital media projects from courses taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Hybrid Drawings by Contemporary Architects and Designers, M. Uddin, McGraw Hill Publishing (1999) Publication includes images from Masters Thesis (UNL ’93) and one project from private practice.

Composite Drawings, M. Uddin, McGraw Hill Publishing (1996) Publication includes images from Masters Thesis (UNL ’93).

Progressive Architecture (Jan 1993), GA Document (June 1993), A & D (July 1993), M Emory Games, P. Eisenman, Rizzoli, (1995).
Project Assistant in the design of the Emory University Center for the Arts, Emory University, GA.

Judson University, Shaping Lives that Shape the World