In 2007, James Mary O’Connor, FAIA, received the American Institute of Architects Young Architect Award, cited as “a virtual ambassador for American architects, he brings excellence, humanity, and honor to his profession.” Born in Dublin, Ireland, James came to Charles Moore’s Master Studios at University of California, Los Angeles in 1982 as a Fulbright Scholar. James received his Master of Architecture from UCLA, his Diploma in Architecture from the Dublin Institute of Technology, and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Trinity College, Dublin. He joined Moore Ruble Yudell in 1983.
As Principal-in-Charge, O’Connor has provided design leadership for several award-winning residential, academic and mixed-use urban projects. International work has become a focus, with large-scale housing and planning projects in Sweden, The Philippines, Japan, and several areas of China. A current prominent project is the competition-winning Grangegorman Master Plan in Dublin, Ireland. He has a special interest in uncommon building types, reflected in his work on the Sunlaw Power Plant Prototype in Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure. O’Connor has also led Moore Ruble Yudell teams in national and international design competitions, such as the Beijing Wanhao Century Center and the winning design for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Maryland.
Over the past 25 years, O’Connor has taught design studios, lectured, and been invited as guest critic at universities around the world. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a Registered Architect in the State of California.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
09:15 AM – 10:30 AM
How to future-proof urban (re-)development in an era of continuous change.