Keelan Hanks

Keelan Hanks

Minneapolis, MN, US



About Me...

I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota's College of Design. I received my Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree with focuses in Sustainability Studies and Urban Planning. At the University I was the recipient of the distinguished Jacob J. Liebenberg Scholarship for design excellence and academic achievement. Further, academia has provided me the fortitude to study the architecture, landscapes and cities of Latin America and Asia. Each adding invaluable exposure to alternative cultures, styles, and aesthetics.


The potential of architecture is powerful. Architecture not only asserts a physical presence on every human life, its influence extends beyond the physical. The power to influence the human experience whether that be psychological, physiological, emotional or spiritual manifests itself in every built environment. Thus the practice of architecture carries great responsibility.

Architecture must be political, engaged, active, passive, immersive, responsive; at times it must be immediate and pressing while at other times yielding and submissive. It is a field of complexity which extends from the minute curve of a doorhandle to the elaborate composition of an informal community. It is this multitude of scales and disciplines that energizes architecture. It is this energy that intrigues me. No matter the scale or field, the ability to partake in the process of our built environments is my pursuit. 



State of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, US, TIFM Administrator

Responsible for administration and technical operation of the statewide enterprise TIFM system for investment planning, facility management and operation, project management and land management for the Department of Administration real property consisting of approximately 35 buildings of 5,867,000 million square feet, 100 acres of land, 1,000 lease transactions, and 404 active projects consisting of $575M in construction, including supporting and balancing multiple program activities and ensuring compliance.

Oct 2012 - current

Peak Campus Companies, Development Intern

Research and evaluate potential development, acquisition and management opportunities in the student housing sector. Currently creating a database of student housing properties and potential properties across the United States and Canada.

Jul 2012 - Sep 2012

CoraCove Inc., Apple Valley, MN, US, Consultant

Designed the companies website, logo, and overall aesthetic campaign. Developed and built a multifaceted kiosk system to run the companies applications. Utilized Rhino + AutoCAD to prefabricate kiosk models.

Oct 2011 - Jun 2012

Alm Studios - Habitat for Humanity, Minneapolis, MN, US, Researcher - Designer

Project by the University of Minnesota, Habitat for Humanity and Alm Studios; I acted as a designer from concept design to construction documents and volunteer builder on a Net-Zero Energy Home. Led extensive research and sourcing of envelope system employed.

Jan 2011 - Jun 2011


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Sep 2007 - May 2011


Arcology SkyScraper Competition - Hong Kong, 1st Place

Winning proposal for the arcology skyscraper competition in Hong Kong.


Jacob J. Liebenberg Scholarship, Scholarship


Areas of Specialization