Kelly is passionate about the connection between architecture and education. The desire to contribute to education and architecture carries through in her volunteer work with the AIA-MN Architecture in the School Committee. With this group she works in classrooms, sharing her knowledge with students ranging all the way from preschool to high school. Kelly’s enthusiasm for architecture, culture, and the designed environment sparked her desire to travel. She studied in several countries, including Denmark, Italy and Japan, and traveled extensively throughout her education. Traveling is still one of her favorite things to do, as it is the best way to experience architecture. Kelly also enjoys playing piano and flute, gardening, and photography.
Kelly has been with the Kodet team for several years both as a student and designer. Kelly enjoys working on a variety of project types, and has experience with K-12 schools, higher education, churches, government centers, and travel facilities. She has expertise in programming and works with team members on all project phases, from master planning to construction documents and project management during construction. Meeting with clients to understand the needs of the building, creating project goals, and coordinating feedback into the building design is a rewarding part of her work. Kelly is proficient in Revit, AutoCAD, Sketch-up, Indesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, using technology to produce drawings and images for the client’s needs. Creating and implementing economic, social, and environmentally friendly designs is important to Kelly, and she also has experience in LEED and sustainable projects.
As the 2012 AIA Education Research Scholar, Kelly completed case studies on award winning schools to investigate the effect of evidence-based design in educational performance. Her work, entitled “Innovative Learning Environments: Design Awards Meets Research Evidence” was published on the AIA website, and she presented her research at the National School and Equipment Association (NSSEA) School and Equipment Show in 2012.