Linda Keane

Professor Emerita, Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects

Linda Keane has been teaching at SAIC since 1985. She took her sabbatical during the 2020 Academic Year.

Linda Keane, FAIA, is an artist, architect, and design education innovator who played a vital role in founding SAIC’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects.Her practice combines architecture with animation and academic publishing to create awareness regarding the importance and complexities of the environment’s design. She creates socially constructed landscapes that are rooted in nature with artistic, environmental, educational, and entertaining intentions in mind.

While teaching at SAIC, Keane has directed the City of Chicago Green Roof Website and chaired development of a third accredited Master of Architecture program in Chicago. She is the recipient of fellowships from the University of Illinois-Chicago, Fulbright, and Fermi Lab and has received a scholarship from the American Association of University Women. Keane is also a recipient of awards from the NEA, UIA, NEEF, AIA, ACSA, Etc. Alongside her partner, Mark Keane, she is the co-founder of the multidisciplinary design firm STUDIO1032 which develops green initiatives along the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. They also co-founded the educational nonprofit, In 2021, Keane was inducted into the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows for her contributions to the architecture profession. She served as the Chair of the AIADO Department at SAIC for 15 years.


1984 MARCH University of Illinois Chicago
1979 BSED /BARCH with Honors, Ball State University

Notable Classes Taught:

Architecture And Film
Architecture and Way Finding
Fashion and Architecture
Interiority Complex Complex Interiority
Intro to Architecture The MIND of the ARCHITECT
Studio of Uncertainty: Architectural Theory