Acting Dean, Professor, Proportional-Time Faculty
Elizabeth O’Donnell served as Associate Dean for the School of Architecture for eleven years. She is currently the Acting Dean. A member of the faculty since 1984, Professor O’Donnell has taught ARCH 132 Structures II (as part of the structures sequence with Professor Emeritus Ysrael Seinuk), the project based course ARCH 185 Crossings, ARCH 131 Design III as part of the studio team, and currently teaches ARCH 122 Structures I. She has recently presented at the 2012 Imagining America National Conference in New York, the 2012 World Energy Forum in Dubai, the 2012 Deans’ Roundtable at the Center for Architecture New York, was a panelist on the Town and Gown symposium “Next Steps for the City’s Design-Related Academic Institutions”, served as liaison for the New Museum’s Ideas City festivals in 2011 and 2013, and she was rapporteur for the 2010 Dubai Forum.
She produces and co-edits the school’s annual newsletter and was a member of the president’s Revenue Generating Task force in 2011. She frequently serves on design reviews, most recently at the School of Architecture at City College, Barnard College and Pratt Institute. In practice she has completed numerous projects in New York City including offices for non-profit foundations, schools, loft residences, and building additions, with an emphasis on the adaptive reuse of existing buildings and sites. She has served as consultant to artists including Yoko Ono and Tadashi Kawamata for site-specific projects. Her work has been published by Bauwelt, Interior Design Magazine, Conran’s Design Book, Occulus, the New York Times and the Architectural League. Recognition includes an award for Design Excellence from the NYC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and an award for Design Distinction from International Design magazine.
O'Donnell is on the advisory board of the design and construction web venture “Sweeten”, and is a member of the Zoning Commission for the Town of Taghkanic, New York that is rewriting its Zoning Code to foster a rural economy and protect natural resources.
She graduated from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union after studying at the University of Minnesota and Antioch College and will complete a Master of Education at the City University of New York in 2014.
Projects & Links
BAG ONE ARTS BUILDING
Conversion of an abandoned townhouse on West 79th Street to be a private art gallery and residential apartments. (with Paul Segal Associates).
870 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA
Renovation of a 3,500 sq. ft. apartment for a New York City research scientist and philanthropist.
TADASHI KAWAMATA PROJECT
Site-specific, monumental but temporary installation by a Japanese artist at the Smallpox Hospital on NYC's Roosevelt Island. (Project Architect; curated by Claudia Gould).
139 WEST 19TH STREET
New construction throughout a 3,000 sq. ft. open loft space.