MDesS, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; BSc and MSc in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Wageningen University
Kees Lokman is assistant professor of landscape architecture in the Master of Landscape Architecture program. He holds a Bachelor of Science (2005) and a Master of Science (2006) in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design from Wageningen University, and graduated with distinction from Harvard's Graduate School of Design in the Master of Design Studies (2012) program in the concentration Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology. His thesis explored the Niagara Region as an important case study to illustrate how mental and physical images of landscapes are constructed, transformed, supplemented, and erased over time.
Prior to joining the Sam Fox School, Lokman was adjunct assistant professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Fall 2009) and faculty member of Archeworks (2008-2010), a hands-on, alternative design school in Chicago. In addition, he has over five years of professional experience, including design work at the office of plantsman Piet Oudolf and at Terry Guen Design Associates (TGDA). With TGDA, Lokman oversaw projects ranging from large-scale master plans to the design of intimate urban spaces, including the coordination of a multidisciplinary team for the design of a 70-acre site along the post-industrial Fox River shoreline in Aurora, IL. The project won first prize in an invited competition and received a 2007 Honor Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Working with collaborators from a variety of specialties, Lokman has received several international prizes and mentions in design competitions, including Transiting Cities - Low Carbon Futures (2012), Meta[bolic] Park (2012), The Chicago Constellation (2011), Indianapolis Monument Nexus (2011), and The Four Mile Farm (2009). He received scholarships from the Mondrian Funds (2010 and 2011), the Hendrik Muller Funds (2010), and a Penny White Award (2011) from the Graduate School of Design. Foregrounding the interconnectedness among ecology, economy, and geography, Lokman also conducted research for Pierre Bélanger/OPSYS (2010-2011) and the Third Coast Atlas, a research platform led by urbanists Charles Waldheim, Mason White, and Clare Lyster that explores the historic and contemporary developments of Great Lakes Megaregion (2010-2012).
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