Sean O’Donnell

Sean O’Donnell



“Our research-inspired design approach is creating synergies between human behavior, sustainable design, and health and wellness to help us design great places to learn that truly enhance people's lives, their community, and our society.“

Sean understands how intrinsic learning is to the human experience. Through his work, he seeks to revolutionize schools, transforming expectations of their role in educating future leaders. He sees the school as the center of its community, and brings together civic architecture, sustainable design, and innovative educational planning to create high-performing, inspiring places where students learn and grow. A global thought leader in education design and co-director of the Consortium for Design and Education Outcomes, Sean conducts innovative research and speaks about transformative, sustainable learning environments around the world. In his spare time, you can find Sean on a beach with his family, ideally with an acoustic guitar and a set of watercolors nearby.

Our Perkins Eastman

Sean leads Perkins Eastman’s international K-12 Education practice, advising and inspiring diverse project teams on new and best practices in design for learning environments.


  • Phone:

  • +1 (202) 460-7866
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  • Education

  • University of Wisconsin, M.Arch
  • SUNY Buffalo, B.A.
  • Associations

  • American Institute of Architects