A standout education designer and project leader, Kelley is at the forefront of helping Pittsburgh-area and national learning institutions reshape their educational environments to deliver meaningful curriculum and student experiences. She’s currently helping lead work at Westmoreland County Community College, West Virginia University and Seneca Valley School District. As part of Kelley’s submission, the team secured quotes from clients and institutions she’s served in the Pittsburgh region. Those quotes are included below:
From Tuesday Stanley, President of Westmoreland Community College
“Kelley is a professional in every sense of the word. She is creative, strategic, fiscally cautious, well-learned and a collaborator. She has become an extension of the college team in relation to the construction and renovation projects. I am a fan!”
From Louise Sturgess, Executive Director of Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
Through her volunteer work with the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), Kelley has taken a leadership role in nurturing the next generation of young people to think about how they can improve their communities through design and advocacy. Kelley has served as a judge for PHLF’s 23rd annual Architectural Design Challenge with more than 150 middle and high school students from Westmoreland County. (It is worth noting that she participated in this Design Challenge for six years, while a student in the Franklin Regional School District.) She also has served as a judge with 27 sixth-grade students from the Pine-Richland School District. In both design challenges, teams of students presented three-dimensional models showing their solutions for adapting a historic building (or buildings) for new uses. Kelley offered constructive comments to the students, commending their work, and asked them to further explain certain aspects of their design, thereby encouraging them to justify their decisions. She listens patiently and respectfully to the students and encourages them to stay involved in the work of improving their communities.
Pittsburgh is fortunate to have Kelley back in the city, developing her professional skills, and inspiring the next generation through her volunteer work. A creative, thoughtful, perceptive, and skilled architect, Kelley is an excellent candidate for the 30-under-30 program. We wholeheartedly support her nomination.