Kelsey Wakefield is an interactive landscape architect and urban designer focused on infrastructural systems and our relationship to them. With investigative curiosity, and a fun-centric approach to complex issues, Wakefield looks into how city systems can be catalysts of social change. As a graduate from Rhode Island School of Design’s Master of Landscape Architecture program, she emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to her work focusing on digital media platforms in public space.
Inspired by her time as an AmeriCorps VISTA with NHS of New Haven, building community consensus around housing and energy security, she values hands on research practice. While at RISD, Wakefield received a grant to study indigenous city building technologies of the Aztecs, Incas and Uru to better understand how to implement low energy urban design solutions.
Raised in a petroleum-centric town in Alaska, Wakefield is no stranger to being caught between resistance to energy market changes and the call for sustainable action. She now calls the Bay Area her home but wishes to be a part of smart infrastructure practices and energy policy conversation on national and international scales. Wakefield is currently looking to collaborate with scientists, engineers and other designers to create meaningful intelligent public infrastructures for people who use them.