Karen Keddy, Ph.D.
Dr. Keddy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Ball State University. She teaches social justice courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Her courses highlight issues of class, gender, and race; designing for disabilities and universal design; human rights and disasters; visual culture including public art and memorials, and qualitative research methods of social analysis. Dr. Keddy received her Ph.D. in Architecture in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a minor in critical pedagogy in architectural education, where she also received a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. Her area of expertise was feminist theories of healthcare design. Dr. Keddy has taught women’s studies courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Dalhousie University. She has entered several memorial competitions and received special mention for her design proposal for the Women’s Monument Competition in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Prior to her Ph.D. studies, Dr. Keddy worked in several design firms in Vancouver and New York City while making jewelry from recycled metals that sold in galleries and shops across Canada. Most recently her mixed media collage was accepted by Lilly Oncology on Canvas to be included in a travelling exhibit in United States. Dr. Keddy received a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies and Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University and upon graduation she was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit. Prior to entering architectural school, Dr. Keddy was a registered nurse working in neurosurgery and nephrology units in Canada.
Dr. Keddy has lectured nationally and internationally as well as published articles and book chapters on pedagogical strategies in architectural education, visual research methods and feminist research. She has received several awards, fellowships, and grants for her research on nursing workplaces and most recently, her research on the amputee survivors of the 1917 Halifax Explosion in Nova Scotia. Dr. Keddy is currently writing a manuscript on the Explosion amputee victims as well as working on a book proposal on pedagogical strategies for teaching environment-behavior and social justice issues to architecture students.