School of Architecture: Faculty & Staff

Full-time Faculty



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  • Lucia Riggi-Murray

Kate Ann O'Connor


Assistant Professor, Architecture
(570) 348-6211 ext. 2763

B.ARCH | The Catholic University of America
M.ARCH II | Tulane University

Kate O’Connor is an Assistant Professor at the Marywood University School of Architecture. She is the Director of the design your future high school immersion program, co-coordinates the Foundation and Second year studio curricula and develops and teaches the Structures sequence.  

She believes that the role of the architect can have an influential impact on society and challenges the profession to become leaders who can solve the very complicated problems of society today. Socially responsible architects must serve as a bridge across borders, to develop architecture that responsibly serves people and their communities without imposing arbitrary restrictions. Ultimately they must create an architecture that understands real human needs such as economic stimulation, social consciousness and provide architecture that balances design with environmental awareness. Professor O'Connor's own design work addresses and tests these ideas.

Her studio projects encourage students to embrace a holistic approach to design by addressing the environmental, economic, and social empowerment of design. Each year she leads a group of students in her Farmitecture course to design and build a project for an animal sanctuary. Through this work the notion that the project should engage and serve the public good while addressing the notion that everyone deserves good design is implemented.


Selected Publications/Presentations

2014 ACSA/AIK International Conference. Seoul, South Korea
OPEN CITES: The New Post-Industrial World Order Session – Six Degrees of Separation
2013 Knowing (by) Designing  Conference, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture. Brussels, Belgium
“Educational Reflections” Session - Footloose, A Transformation of Space
2012 National Conference for the Beginning Design Student, Pennsylvania State University. State College, Pennsylvania
When Pigs Fly - A House for Duncan and Nugget



Teaching Experience

2012-present, Marywood University School of Architecture, Assistant Professor

2010-1012, Marywood University School of Architecture, Adjunct Professor

2009-2010  Tulane University School of Architecture, Instructor


Professional Work

2000-2008, Studio KateO 
Vail, Colorado, Principal     
2006-2008 Heid Remodeling and Construction
Minturn, Colorado, Construction Manager, Architect  
1997-2000, Morter Architects
Vail, Colorado, Project Manager  
1996-1997, Shepherd Resources
Eagle Vail, Colorado, Intern