Colin Keays (1994) is a spatial designer based in Rotterdam. His work sits at the intersection of research, curation and critical spatial practice, with a sharp focus on social and political factors that shape 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”, which explored the relationship between gentrification and queer space, was nominated for the Gijs Bakker Award for excellence in design research, and was displayed as a solo exhibition at TAC in July 2020. He developed the project Crisis/Utopia in 2020 for a special online edition of the GEO–DESIGN exhibition platform, examining the long-term spatial and political consequences of the covid-19 pandemic.

In addition to his own design practice, Colin frequently works on several different architectural, research and curatorial projects. He has recently collaborated on a number of projects with Cookies in Rotterdam, and is a member of the Editorial Team at Design Academy Eindhoven.