Colin Keays (1994) is a spatial designer based between the Netherlands and the UK. His work sits at the intersection of research, curation and critical spatial practice, with a sharp focus on social and political aspects of the built environment.

He holds an MA in Contextual Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven (2019), and a BA from the Manchester School of Architecture (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 was displayed as a solo exhibition at TAC in July 2020.

His most recent project, Crisis/Utopia, developed for a special online edition of the GEO–DESIGN exhibition platform, examines the long-term spatial and political consequences of the covid-19 pandemic.

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

Exhibitions, Talks & Events

Geo–Design Covid 19Online Exhibition, September 2020

‘A Nostalgia For the Mud?’ Queering the Smooth CityLecture at Independet School for the City, Rotterdam (August 2020)

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

Designers Dialogues, RaRaRadio (July 2020)

DAE Graduation ShowDutch Design Week, Eindhoven, 2019

Selected Writing

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

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

A Little About  Us
, Eindhoven Footnotes: Criticism in the City, Onomatopee, March 2019

A Re-Orientation Towards The Digital, PNYX, October 2018

Press Coverage

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