David Richter-O'Connell

David Richter-O'ConnellAssistant Professor
Interior Architecture & Product Design

Manhattan, KS 66506
T: (785) 532-5992



David Richter-O’Connell has background in the areas of product and environmental design, human behavior and human history, environmental and social issues in design, and the desire for and creation of beautiful places and things. With a professional background as an Industrial Designer for 23 years, he has been awarded Gold and Silver IDSA awards, and 15 Design and Utility patents.

Professor Richter-O’Connell earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin Madison in Design Studies, with a focus on crossover creative methodologies between interior architecture and product design, between the built environment and the designed objects and elements that inhabit those spaces. The research resulted in a process methodology that straddled both worlds and found ways to design environments and objects collectively from the same foundational research.