keith oconnor

Keith O’Connor graduated from Ball State University’s R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning in 1994. He is currently Director of Urban Planning and Design at Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill. Here are Three Things To Know about Keith:

1. Ball State and its faculty and programs were instrumental in shaping Keith’s career and life: “If not for the unique format of the First Year program, I would not have discovered the field of Landscape Architecture, much less pursued it as my life’s profession. If not for the intensity of Studio, I would not have forged friendships that have lasted a lifetime. If not for the many dedicated professors who expanded my mind, lifted my spirit, and cultivated my aesthetic and environmental sensibilities — chief among them John Russell, Dave Ferguson, Malcolm Cairns, Scott Collard, and Rod Underwood — I would not have come to understand the value of multi-disciplinary design, the significance of environmental stewardship, the power of travel, the importance of field study, and the sublime poetics of design. BSU and CAP exposed me to the diversity of America’s cultural landscapes and instilled in me a deep interest in our cities, urban environments, and public realm. For that and for the many fond memories that I hold dear, I will always be eternally grateful.”

2. A two-week summer program sparked Keith’s interest in Ball State: “Nearly 30 years ago, I attended an intensive two-week summer program at CAP. I thought I wanted to be an architect and BSU offered a great summer program. I was inspired by Rod Underwood and the many talented instructors at CAP to return.”

3. Keith believes in the value of reinvesting in the success of current and future Ball State students: “We are all the beneficiaries of the generosity of those that came before us blazing a path forward and leading the way. Where we have enjoyed success, it is imperative to help those who may follow in our footsteps.”