“When the party’s over…
Extending the ecological design process: Enabling critical environmental awareness and ecological potential in the built landscape we leave behind”
An interdisciplinary environmental designer, Andrew Keller, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design (REED), is a licensed architect, urban planner (University of California, Berkeley: Master of Architecture; Master of City Planning), and builder. Recent academic positions include Yestermorrow Design/Build School (Coordinator, Ecological Design in the Built Environment), Norwich University (Adjunct Professor, School of Art and Architecture), and Vermont Technical College (Adjunct Professor, Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture program).
Devoted to the principles of ecological design, Andrew Keller believes that theory and practice are inseparable. In other words, critical thinking and making are both necessary tools to advance resource conservation and increase personal and environmental awareness. Specific areas of interest include: how people control space through social conventions; the overlap of landscape ecology and the built environment; the role of language in critical thinking; building systems; design/build vernacular building systems for affordable housing; the integration of multiple design disciplines; and public interest projects.
Andrew is the principal of Andrew Keller Design in Montpelier, Vt. and has twin 8-year-old girls, Maeve and Rowan. Andrew is an avid hiker who has completed the southern half of the Appalachian Trail. A former ski racer, he has only just recently reluctantly put his straight skis away and tried shape skis. In an attempt to combine the two, Andrew annually sleds down the 4 mile access trail on Mount Moosilauke in the White Mountains.