Conor O’Shea’s design, research, and teaching explore landscape strategies for more ecologically robust and socially equitable urban environments. His areas of interest include the urbanization of the hinterland, operational landscapes, logistics landscapes, and the geography of freight transportation in North America. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he directs the Landscape Strategies Laboratory. He is founder of Hinterlands Urbanism and Landscape.
He holds MDesS (concentration: Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology) and post-professional Master in Landscape Architecture degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.