Kees Lokman


Associate Professor and Chair, Landscape Architecture

Contact details


3153 – Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability





MDesS, Harvard Graduate School of Design
MSc, Wageningen University
BSc, Wageningen University


Kees teaches design studios in the landscape architecture program. Before joining SALA in 2014, he taught at Washington University in St. Louis, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and at Archeworks, a hands-on, alternative design school in Chicago.

Kees has practiced landscape architecture at the offices of plantsman Piet Oudolf in the Netherlands and at Terry Guen Design Associates in Chicago, and is the founder of Parallax Landscape. The collaborative and interdisciplinary design and research platform explores design challenges related to water and food shortages, depleting energy resources, climate change, and ongoing urbanization. The work focuses on urban strategies that have the capacity to link each site’s unique character to ecologies, infrastructures, and economies on larger scales.

Parallax Landscape is the recipient of numerous design awards and recognition, including first prize in the “Transiting Cities – Low Carbon Futures” design competition in 2012, and in 2013 finalist in the international ideas competition “Infill Philadelphia – Soak it Up!” and winner of the International Garden Festival in Allariz, Spain. In 2014, Kees was shortlisted in the Netherlands for the Prix de Rome.

His writing and academic research, focused on the relationships between geography, economy, ecology, and infrastructure, has been published in various journals, including MONU Magazine and Landscape Architecture Frontiers.

Select publications

Lokman, Kees. "Vacancy as a Laboratory: Design Criteria for Reimagining Social-Ecological Systems on Vacant Urban Lands," Landscape Research, 42, no. 7, 2017, pp. 728-746.

Lokman, Kees. “Back to the Future: The Spatial Dimension of Water Management," Int|AR: Interventions and Adaptive Reuse, no.8, pp. 24-34.

Lokman, Kees. "Cyborg Landscapes: Choreographing Resilient Interactions between Infrastructure, Ecology, and Society." Journal of Landscape Architecture, vol. 12, no. 1, 2017, pp. 60-73.

Lokman, Kees. "Utilizing an Expanded Framework of Urban Metabolism to Envision Future Energy Landscapes”, Landscape Architecture, no. 11, 2016, pp. 54-71. 

Lokman, Kees. 2016. Dam[ned] Landscapes: Envisioning Fluid Geographies. Journal of Architectural Education, vol. 70 , no. 1, 2016, pp. 6-12.

Awards and funding

CELA 2019 Excellence in Research and Creative Work Award, Junior Level

Natural Resources Canada: Living Breakwaters—Innovative Adaptation Strategies for Coastal Erosion

Mitacs: Advancing Design for Sea Level Rise in the Fraser River Delta

Creative Industries Fund NL: Multifunctional Dikes in the Vancouver Region

Hampton New Faculty Grant: Visualizing Canada’s Carbon Corridor