Keith Hayes

Keith Hayes

Cleveland, OH, US

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As a designer, artist, cyclist, and social entrepreneur, Keith is informed by interfacing with latent resources, landscape, and language.  He received a master’s of architecture in ecological design at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a bachelor’s of architecture from the University of Miami. ln 2010, he launched beintween, a social and spatial organization improv(is)ing leftover spaces in the City of Milwaukee. Since 2016, he has returned to his hometown of Cleveland, OH, where he builds hand-fashioned goods and furnishings for public projects with local collaborators under the moniker, RSELVES, whose motto is excess >>> access.

Noteworthy accomplishments include a successfully funded Kickstarter for matireal, the imagination and realization of a linear park called the artery, the public installation of swings under many a midwest viaduct, and the organization of a design/build coopetition.  Keith continues to pursue his life’s work to define a practice known as sp/acement, whereby his experimental public works and guerilla activism in interstitial urban contexts seek to become retainers for existing communities rather than tokens to displace them.  



RSELVES, Cleveland, OH, US, Founder + co-director

Project and Resource Management, Project Development, Design and Implementation of Neighborhood-based Initiatives, Proposal Writing, Budget Management, User Experience Research, Data Collection, Urban Mapping, Demographic Analysis, Grant Writing, Creative Writing, Furniture Building, Upcycling, Graphic Design, Team Building

Dec 2015 - current

redhouse studio architecture, Cleveland, OH, US, Project Manager

Architectural Design, Landscape Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Documentation, Project Management, Project Coordination, Client Relations, Grant Writing, Office Management, Lab Development, Construction Administration, Proposal Writing, Recruiting, Training, Marketing and Brand Development

Apr 2016 - Aug 2018

Rebuilder's Exchange, Cleveland, OH, US, Architect-in-Residence + Volunteer

Design Consultation, Documentation, Inventorying, Warehousing, Sales, Social Media, Furniture Building.

Dec 2017 - May 2018

St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, Cleveland, OH, US, Project Director

Project and Design Direction of the Research, Design, and Community Development of a .4 acre site utilizing locally sourced scrap tires as a geo-textile to build a permeable plaza; responsible for managing budget, a project team of 3-5 individuals, as well as grant-writing of $1,000,000 toward the research and development of this innovative solution and small business development.

Nov 2014 - Sep 2016

beintween, Milwaukee, WI, US, Founder + Director

Grant-writing, project and resource management, development, design and implementation of neighborhood based initiatives leveraging local + national foundation networks including: $845K Kresge Foundation, 2014; $13K from Greater Milwaukee Foundation, 2014; $13K from Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation, 2014; $350K from ArtPlace America, 2013; $2K from Art $upport; $25K from Community Development Block Grant, 2012; $11K from Kickstarter, 2012.

Dec 2010 - Aug 2016

Greater Milwaukee Committee, Milwaukee, WI, US, Lead Designer and Planning Consultant

Lead Artist and Designer (and founder) of the ARTery, a 9 acres ⅔ mile rails-to-trails project in Milwaukee; developed public design process focused on community driven solution and performance park; project manager for design and construction of $500,000 worth of park amenities with locally available materials and labor as part of multi-million dollar economic development. Marketing, fund, and resource allocation and national research for future initiatives.

Jan 2013 - Nov 2015

Waste Cap Resource Solutions, Milwaukee, WI, US, Deconstruction Specialist + Volunteer

Deconstruction + salvage of foreclosed Milwaukee properties, as well as inventorying, warehousing, and sales for Waste Cap's retail operation; also acted as project manager of crews working with Milwaukee Community Service Corps.

Jun 2015 - Sep 2015

Bikeith, Chicago, IL, US, Owner + Curator

Rebuilt + Restored over 150 bicycles with Mark Welch for local commuters in Midwest; Resourced and Researched Bicycles + Parts; Photography, Website Development, Blogging, Brand Development, and Gallery Curation

Jan 2008 - Jan 2014

Rinka Chung Architecture Inc, Milwaukee, WI, US, Architect I

Masterplan Development, Code Research, Drafting, Rendering, Construction Documents

Apr 2013 - Sep 2013

Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA), Milwaukee, WI, US, Intern/LEED Continuing Education Specialist + Volunteer

Managed Membership Platform, Code Research, Organized SE2 Awards, Taught Continuing Education Credits in LEED + Green Building, Graphic Design

Dec 2010 - Feb 2012

Slick + Design, Chicago, IL, US, Designer

Lead Designer + Construction Administration on high-end hospitality build-outs and furnishings.

Oct 2007 - May 2008

Booth Hansen, Chicago, IL, US, Architect II

Project Assistant to Manager and Designer on mid-rise student residences + mixed-use block development.

Feb 2006 - Apr 2007

William M. Karr & Associates, St Thomas, USVI, Project Architect

Project Manager and Schematic Designer for personal estates + low-rise condominium developments throughout the Caribbean.

Jun 2004 - Feb 2006


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, MArch, Architecture (Ecological Design Track)

Aug 2010 - Dec 2012

University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, US, BArch, Architecture (Minor in Psychology)

Aug 1999 - Jun 2004


Young Professional Bubbler, Award

Nominated and selected as recipient of the 2013 Young Professional Bubbler Award for outstanding work in the community as well as your alliance to and love of Milwaukee. This award recognizes a few key traits: leadership, passion, innovation, drive and love the city.


Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI), Nomination

3 projects designed and implemented by beintween (Swing Park, the ARTery, and ICAN 2 LABS) were all nominated in a single year as finalists for the 2015 Mandi Awards, which are known locally as the “Oscars of Community Development.”


the ARTery, Grant

Grant writer, lead designer, and project manager of $2,000,000 of grants received for public interest work:
- (2)$735,000 grants from the Kresge Foundation for projects in Milwaukee and Cleveland
- $350,000 grant from Art Place
- $100,000 grant by the Ohio EPA for Beneficial Scrap Tire Reuse
- $25,000 grant by City of Milwaukee Community Development Block Fund
- $13,000 grant by the City of Milwaukee Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation
- $13,000 grant from Mary Nohl Grant by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
- $2,000 grant from Art Support.


20 of the Most Creative Milwaukeeans, Nomination

Milwaukee Magazine selected 20 Milwaukeeans who are using their ingenuity to advance this city in ways someone like Solomon Juneau would have never imagined. An urban walking trail [the ARTery] dotted with art made from recycled materials...these are realities for contemporary Milwaukeeans, and it’s all thanks to these supremely inventive minds.


Marcus Prize student of Diébédo Francis Kéré, Honorable Mention

Distinguished by Dean for the realization of master's thesis work at UWM commencement with Diébédo Francis Kéré, an award-winning architect based in Berlin, Germany and recipient of the Marcus Prize for Architecture. Recognized for successfully funding thesis work through Kickstarter, which led to the development of the ARTery, a 2/3 mile linear park in Milwaukee integrating neighborhoods through a new approach to public space design.


Burnham Prize Competition, Honorable Mention

Awarded Honorable Mention for Burnham Prize Design Competition hosted by Chicago Architecture Club in collaboration with Bauen Studio for our submission, "Redox: Island/Inland," to redesign the McCormick Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois.


Haiti-Habitat Competition, Award

Honored as a Finalist in Haiti-Habitat Design competition for submission called "free:hab" for temporary shelter and disaster relief housing in the wake of 2010 Earthquake; also flown to New York City by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee to participate in a design charrette.


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