Corbin Keech

Corbin Keech

Chicago, IL, US



I received my Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design in May 2011 from the Columbia University GSAPP, where I was awarded the Kinne Fellows Traveling Prize for my research proposal, “Memory and Preservation of Balkan Monuments.” I received my Bachelors degree in Architecture from Kansas State University CAPD in 2006 where I won the Heintzelman Prize for my design of the House on the Hudson. I am an Associate AIA member and LEED AP, and I have worked for and collaborated with architecture, planning, and urban design offices, in addition to several not-forprofit organizations. I have served as a guest juror for Columbia University, the University of Oregon and Kansas State University. My work has been recognized by the AIA, IIDA, Interior Design, Contract, Communication Arts, the Oregonian, The Portland Daily Journal of Commerce, and Forbes Magazine.



Studio Gang, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Designer

Jan 2013 - current

WHY / HOW, Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer / Project Manager

Feb 2010 - Oct 2012

ZGF Architects LLP, Portland, OR, US, Architectural Designer

Jun 2006 - Jan 2009


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Advanced Architectural Design

01 Summer _ Damage Control / Mark Wasiuta
02 Fall _ Urban Futures Africa/Future Architectures 2.0 / Mabel Wilson
03 Spring _ Post-Crisis Urbanism and Architecture / Shohei Shigematsu

Jun 2010 - May 2011

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2001 - May 2006


Kinne Fellows Travelling Prize, Award

Original abstract, to be loosely adhered to :

On October 3, 2010 the people of Bosnia went to the polls with little sign that the ethnic divisions that lead to civil war in the 1990s have been left behind. Ethnic and civil mistrust still prevails. No one agrees on anything. This pattern extends to the collective ownership and applied meaning of certain cultural artifacts and urban monuments, wherein the monuments that are scattered throughout the city symbolize the constant struggle to reconcile conflict and project state control, stability and unity. What’s more, this perpetual conflict prevents the country from addressing urgent domestic issues and implementing reforms necessary for integration into European and Euro-Atlantic Organizations.

The decisions that built the foundation of the country were ambitious but quickly undermined by deeply embedded ethnic tensions. The formation of Yugoslavia in 1918 attempted a national oneness - a strategy asserting that Serbs, Croats and Slovenes were “tribes” of the same “nation.” This bold decision created an official political setting for debate, and forced the nationalities to confront the problem of identity. As a result, the citizens and government were faced with difficult questions; Were all South Slavs really one people? Would these people, over time, assimilate to a new hybrid Yugoslav “nationality”? What are the consequences if these people choose to remain distinct nationalities, and rejected the imposition of a new governmental order?

This proposal will be completed through five steps. The first step will establish the boundaries of these cities that have evolved over time, which will serve as the foundation for the on-site research. Secondly, we will visit the monuments that we have identified as critical in the formation of the urban character of each city as well as active in projecting specific political messages. Next, upon our arrival to the sites, we will engage in an intensive documentation process, that spans collecting basic material and spatial qualities to engaging in conversations and surveying of actual users of the spaces. Finally we will synthesize the collected information into a matrix that will allow us to compare these monuments more precisely.


Heintzelman Prize, 1st Place

The Heintzelman Prize is awarded annually by the Kansas State University CAPD for outstanding design achievements by students in the final semester of the professional bachelor of architecture degree program.

My submission was entitled “The Hudson River House,” a three bedroom house located in Garrison, New York. The site overlooks the view often painted by the Hudson River School. The studio was led by Professor Matthew Knox and the 2006 Regnier Chair, Alberto Campo Baeza from Madrid, Spain.


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