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.
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