VANESSA KEITH is a registered architect and the Principal of StudioTEKA Design, a New York architecture and design studio she founded in 2003. Based in DUMBO, Brooklyn, Studioteka approaches design through a multidisciplinary lens that spans the boundaries between architecture, economic development, and urban and environmental issues. She is especially interested in envisioning design-oriented technical and engineering solutions to environmental problems. The firm’s work ranges from urban planning to residential and commercial work, renovations and new construction, lighting and interior design, program research, feasibility studies and investment packages, as well as environmentally based design research. Her work has appeared in notable international design publications such as Frame, Hinge, Surface Asia, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Design Bureau and Mark Magazine. Vanessa gave the keynote lecture at the Louisville Sustainability Summit in Louisville, Kentucky last fall, and has also spoken to audiences at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon, the AIA of New York, and the Economic Development Corporation of the City of New York, among others, on her ideas regarding sustainability, green design and innovative climate change adaptation. She is also the author of 2100: A Dystopian Utopia – the City After Climate Change, a book on the future of cities in a hotter world published by Terreform as part of Michael Sorkin’s Urban Research Series, and is co-editor of “Kingston Harbor: Development Transects,” a book of urban design work published by Columbia University in 2010. She has taught graduate and undergraduate design studios in architecture, urban and interior design, and economic development at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and School of International and Public Affairs, Pratt Institute, and City College of the City University of New York.