Tom Keeley
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Tom Keeley works at the intersection of architecture, geography, landscape and anthropology through writing, research, teaching, and publishing. He is the Director of Range Editions, a publishing venture interested in places, and previously ran education programmes for The Architecture Foundation. His latest project is a tiny experimental university for the study of Kilburn, opening in October 2013.

His writing has been published in a number of publications such as Domus, MASContext, and the catalogue for the British Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. His work has been exhibited worldwide, and is in the collections of the National Art Library; and the School of Architecture Library at Princeton University.

Tom finds it difficult to write in the third person.

(+44) 7779 035 877

Learning from Kilburn

2013 - ongoing

A tiny experimental university with its curriculum rooted in Kilburn, London NW6. The university uses the high road and its hinterland as a campus, occupying a number of locations for classes initially running from October 2013 to March 2014.  

The university takes it’s cues from the Venturi/Scott-Brown study Learning from Las Vegas; Cedric Price’s Potteries Thinkbelt; Christopher Alexander’s A Pattern Language; and the Mass Observation archive at the University of Sussex.

The university is about looking closely at ourselves and our surroundings, the physical, historical, political and social, in order to discuss and look at potential futures for Kilburn. The data gathered through this research will be compiled in a series of outputs over the course of the two terms, with a view to informing future decision-making in the area. 

Weekly classes will study what makes Kilburn what it is. Each class will ask a single question, looking at one thing at a time in order to understand Kilburn as a whole. The university wants to know what Kilburn looks like, where it starts and finishes, how money works in Kilburn, whether Kilburn even exists, where Kilburn is going.

A Spacemakers project, directed by Tom Keeley in collaboration with OK-RM and Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio, and funded by the London Boroughs of Brent and Camden.

Range Editions

2012 - ongoing


Range Editions is a publishing venture interested in places; producing short-run publications, fanzines and artist’s books that are concerned with unsung geographies, everyday landscapes and overlooked architectures.

The Architecture Foundation

2010 - 2013

Education Manager

Writing and co-ordinating programmes that engage groups in critically examining the built and social environments of ‘place’ with artists, architects, writers and designers.

Previous collaborators include Bob Stanley, Daisy Froud, AOC, Mass Observation, Preston is my Paris, muf, Verity Keefe, We Made That, Tom Dyckhoff, Pie Architecture, Shumi Bose, The Decorators, and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Do Well and Doubt Not



Do Well and Doubt Not is a fanzine for and about Tottenham. The fanzine is composed of interviews with local people, published verbatim from a series of conversations taken from walks around the area. The name of the publication comes from the discarded town motto, displayed on a coat of arms in the old Town Hall. 

Designed by Jon Cannon, published by Spacemakers.

New City Reader



Editing, with Beatrice Galilee, the ‘letters’ edition of the New City Reader Istanbul for the inaugural Istanbul Design Biennial, with contributions from Orhan Pamuk, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Charles Jencks and Shumon Basar.


2011 - ongoing


'Go' and 'America Deserta Revisited' featured in the international Archizines exhibition. Invited to speak on panels as part of the exhibition at both the AA and V&A in London, and at the Irish Architecture Foundation in Dublin.

White Cubicle Toilet Gallery



A temporary installation examining the privatisation of municipal public space in our cities.




A series of essays documenting a cross-country trip across the United States, examining the built and social environment, and looking at the key issues facing a country in flux.

America Deserta Revisited


Writer, editor

Following the critic-cum-tourist model of Reyner Banham, America Deserta Revisited is a new series of fanzines and essays examining the infrastructure of cities and society in America as the oil begins to run out.

Featured in Domus and the New York TimesThe set is part of the collections of the National Art Library in London, and the School of Architecture Library at Princeton University.