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O'Keefe is a design practice that creates socially sensitive, environmentally sound, and culturally significant buildings and urban spaces. The work is focused on the relationships between architecture, landscape, urban design, and the public realm, as well as the unique challenges and opportunities of American and Japanese cities. The office operates in New York City, Tokyo, and Richmond, Virginia.

What an Architect Is

An architect’s domain of expertise includes building performance, construction, sustainability, urban systems, and aesthetics. Architecture is a public endeavor so architects are, necessarily, public communicators. They have a responsibility to read widely and make themselves up to date on quantitative and qualitative information relevant to the built environment. Architects contribute to public discussions by 1.) supplying the best information available to clients, contractors, engineers, and the community at large and 2.) advocating for change in the built environment from a position of expertise.

Topics of Special Interest

- Affordable housing

- Building performance and longevity

- Community design and communication

- Equitable development

- Infrastructure design

- Mass timber

- Ornament and decoration

- Pedestrian and cyclist-oriented design

- Sustainable design

- Transit-oriented development 

- Urbanism and public space

Programs of Special Interest

- Multi-family residential
- Mixed-use urban development
- Campus planning and educational design
- Streetscapes and public space design

- Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Regions of Special Interest

- US: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, South
- Japan: Kanto, Chubu, Kansai, Chugoku,

   Shikoku, Kyushu

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