Maire O'Neill is Associate Professor at Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate level design since 1990.
She has also taught at University of California, Berkeley.
She is a practicing architect, licensed in California and Montana, and is on the Montana Board of Architects and Landscape Architects.
teaching, research, and writing has focused on haptic experience in understanding space and place.
explores how we develop our understanding of natural elements of the landscape and forces of local climate, and the ways in which our built environment aids or inhibits in the development of this knowledge.
O'Neill is a member of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, and in 2009 co-chaired the international VAF conference in Butte, Montana.
She has served for six years on the Montana Committee for the Humanities Speakers Bureau, presenting her on-going research on the morphology of historic agricultural structures in the Rocky Mountain West, and the relationship of form to community knowledge and social influence.
Through exploratory foreign studies programs with her
students in rural Asia (Thailand, Nepal, and India), Maire
practices a cultural immersion learning experience, challenging students' powers of observation and integration of design knowledge.
has developed design drawings for community service projects such as an international cultural learning center for His
Holiness the Dalai Lama in Darjeeling, India (Manjushree Centre for Tibetan Culture), and a paleontology Museum in Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia (Institute for the Study of Mongolian Dinosaurs), and community design projects in Kathmandu, Nepal.