Kees Lokman

Kees Lokman

Assistant Professor

School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture

Research focus:

Kees Lokman’s research examines the implications of large-scale infrastructures on the physical form and functioning of the built environment. In the face of climate change, environmental degradation, ongoing urban development and geopolitical conflict, the planning and design of infrastructure is key in addressing notions of risk, adaptation and sustainability. As such, recent and ongoing research primarily focuses on two aspects. First, using methods of landscape visualization to reveal the relationships among infrastructural networks, material resource flows (water, waste and energy), socio-political issues and environmental transformations. Second, to use this spatial knowledge to envision new possibilities for future landscape and infrastructure adaptations, transformations and configurations. Taken together, this work not only communicates how landscapes have changed and may change in the future, it also enables the transmission of visually accessible knowledge among interdisciplinary groups and diverse stakeholders. Ultimately, this research aims to foreground how design and design thinking can help planners, public agencies and decision-makers to better understand and envision more sustainable (urban) environments.

Prior to UBC:

Before coming to UBC, Kees taught at Washington University in St. Louis, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Archeworks. He also practiced landscape architecture at the offices of Piet Oudolf and Terry Guen Design Associates. Kees received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design from Wageningen University, and an M.DesS. from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


Kees’ research work has been published in Landscape Architecture Frontiers, Topos, MONU, Landscapes | Paysages and recently in the Journal of Architectural Education. His design work as part of Parallax Landscape, a collaborative and interdisciplinary platform, has been recognized internationally and received numerous awards and mentions. In 2014, he was finalist for the Prix the Rome, the most prestigious Dutch prize for architects and visual artists below the age of 40.

Personal interests:

Staying true to his Dutch roots, Kees enjoys biking and regularly rides in the North Shore Mountains. He likes to travel and explore both cities and more remote destinations. He is also a big Chicago Bulls fan.

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