Colin Keays is a spatial practitioner based between the Netherlands and the UK. His work sits at the intersection of design, curation, and theoretical research, with a sharp focus on social and political factors of the built environment.

He holds an MA in Contextual Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven (2017–2019), and a BA from the Manchester School of Architecture (2013–2016) with First Class Hons. His graduation project from the Design Academy, “Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Ruins”, was nominated for the Gijs Bakker Award for excellence in design research, and is currently on display as a solo exhibition at TAC.

Colin is presently based in Rotterdam, collaborating on a number of different research and curatorial projects, alongside other freelance writing & communications work.


Exhibitions & Projects

“Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Ruins”
TAC, Eindhoven, June 2020

September 2020 [Online]

DAE Graduation Show
Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, 2019

Press Coverage

Best Of: Social Design at Dutch Design Week 2019
FRAME, October 2019

Selected Writing

After the Gay Bar, The Uncertain Future of Queer Space
Failed Architecture, July 2020

Learning from Efteling: Contemporary Public Space as a Theme Park
Perspectives from C Magazine, Eindhoven [Print] 2019; Available upon request

Redesigning the Designer
Report on Congress on the Future of Design Education for DAE, 2019

A Little About  Us

Eindhoven Footnotes: Criticism in the City, Onomatopee, March 2019

A Re-Orientation Towards The Digital
PNYX, October 2018