Don O’Keefe is the proprietor of O'Keefe Office LLC, a design practice in Richmond, Virginia. He is a project assistant professor at Keio University and a teaching and research associate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Previously, O'Keefe worked in design firms in the US and Japan on projects in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. As a designer at Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop in Tokyo, O'Keefe focused on the design, fabrication, and construction of engineered wood buildings across a range of scales. As part of Professor Hiroto Kobayashi’s research lab at Keio University, he contributed to disaster relief architecture projects in Japan, Nepal, and the Philippines. In 2017, he helped conduct workshops on the applications of prefabrication with wood at the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.
O’Keefe’s writing has been published in venues including the Architectural Review and the Japan Times. He co-authored a chapter in the recent book Digital Wood Design: Innovative Techniques of Representation in Architectural Design published by Springer (2019). He was an associate editor of Adapting Miami, a research report on climate, sea level rise, and housing issues in South Florida, published by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2020).
O'Keefe's research on mid-20th century Japanese urban design has been supported by Harvard's Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Takenaka Corporation, the Keio University Fumihiko Maki Archive, and others. He has contributed to research projects on climate change, migration, and urban development with professors Joan Busquets, Stephen Gray, and Jesse Keenan whose findings have been published by the New York Times, NBC, Newsweek, Reuters, Mother Jones and other venues.
O'Keefe holds a Master in Architecture with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he was awarded the Gregory S. Baldwin Fellowship. He earned a B.S. from the Department of Urban and Regional Studies and Planning at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the National Books Critics Circle. He was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia.
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