Hinterlands Urbanism and Landscape, LLC is a design research office founded in 2014 by Conor O’Shea in Chicago, IL. Located at the intersection of urbanism, landscape, and ecology, the work engages 21st-century urban processes and promotes more ecologically robust and socially conscious urban futures. Hinterlands Urbanism and Landscape is influenced by its relationship to the academic research, publishing, and teaching of its employees, contractors, and collaborators. It has been featured in Architectural Record, Atlantic CityLab, Landscape Architecture Magazine, MAS Context JournalWIRED, and The Chicago Tribune.



Conor O'Shea, Founder

Conor O'Shea is a landscape architect based in Chicago, IL and Urbana, IL. He directs the Landscape Strategies Laboratory at the University of Illinois, where he is Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Professional Registration
Registered Landscape Architect, State of Illinois, License No. 157.001724

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master in Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Master in Design Studies (Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology), Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Previous Work Experience
Designer and Project Manager, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, Chicago, IL

E-mail: ceoshea@hinterlands-ul.net


Chris Bennett, Aneesha Dharwadker / Chicago Design Office, Yizhen Ding, Luke Hegeman / MODUS Collective, Lin Jiang, Zhengge Jiang, Nilay Mistry, Michael O’Shea, Grant Penfield Haugen, Zoey Wang, David Zaya


916 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Photo Credit: Sachin Dharwadker