2018 Triennial Archive

Sean Connelly

Akron Art Museum
1 S High St
Akron, OH 44308
Tues–Sun: 11–5, Thurs: 11–9


Sean Connelly is a Pacific Islander American designer and creative producer. Sean is an architect, artist, urbanist, and educator. He holds a Doctorate of Architecture from the University of Hawai‘i and a Master in Design in Landscape, Urbanism, and Ecology from Harvard University (with concentrations in Real Estate Development, City Making and Urban Economics).

Sean is the author and producer of Hawai’i Futures, a virtual intervention for island urbanism. The project is often referenced as an education tool in curriculum around Hawai‘i and beyond, including the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sean’s work also includes the sculptures A Small Area of Land for ii Gallery, and Land Division for the Honolulu Museum of Art. Forthcoming projects include an installation for the Honolulu Biennial, an installation for Contact Hawai’i, a new-media project named HI-Atlas, a publication titled Hydraulic Islands, and a collaboration with OMA on a publication about architecture and global food systems.

Sean was born on O‘ahu in 1984 and raised around Kona and Ko‘olaupoko. He works collaboratively across the East Coast, Southwest, and Pacific. Collaborations have included experience on a range of professional projects, design publications, academic studios, presentations, and events for a variety of entities including: Hawaii State Department of Transportation; Columbia University Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting (C-LAB); ARCHIS; Volume Magazine; Red Bull; The Whitney Museum; The Venice Biennial; Interisland Terminal; Na Mea Hawai‘i; Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Harvard Kennedy School of Government Center for Public Leadership; Harvard Business School Leadership Initiative; Harvard University Native American Program; Honolulu Museum of Art; Princeton Architectural Press; Kamehameha Schools; Office of Metropolitan Architecture; Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians; Polynesian Voyaging Society; Brown University School of Public Health; Santa Fe Art Institute; Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative; as well as a variety of other small business, institutions, and nonprofit organizations.