CHASE KEA

Michael Baker International

SAY IT LOUD - Pennsylvania Exhibitor

Pennsylvania Based Designer

What excites you in the work you do?

As an Urban Designer with a background in Architecture, being able to design at multiple scales is always exciting for me. The variety of projects and the variety of scales always keeps my work interesting.

CHASE KEA

Bio:

After receiving his Master of Architecture Degree from Hampton University, Chase Kea was awarded the UDream Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University, traveling to Pittsburgh, PA to study Urban Design. In May of 2019, he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Urban Design. Chase has a passion for designing the built environment, and uses his background in Architecture and Urban Design to create solutions to design problems at multiple scales.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I first learned about Architecture as a profession when I was in High School and I was looking at all of the different majors that schools offered. Architecture struck me as the only major that mixed problem solving (design) with art (drawing).

What do you do?

I recently graduated in May of 2019 from Carnegie Mellon University with a Masters of Urban Design. Now I work as an Urban Planner doing a mix of large scale Master Planning and smaller scale Community and Neighborhood Design.

What excites you in the work you do?

As an Urban Designer with a background in Architecture, being able to design at multiple scales is always exciting for me. The variety of projects and the variety of scales always keeps my work interesting.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am always inspired by simple solutions to complex problems. I admire Architects and Planners that are able to take designs of the past and transform them into designs of the future.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

My proudest professional achievement thus far in my career would have to be receiving my LEED BD+C certification. I have always valued sustainable design, and this represented a milestone for me.

Featured Project Name: 

A New Gateway for Millvale

 

Featured Project Location: 

Millvale, PA

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Conceptual

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Design Team Member

Featured Project Description:

Millvale is a small borough that sits on the Allegheny River not too far from Pittsburgh, PA. Like many small towns centered around one industrial center, Millvale suffered dramatically with the loss of the crucial Steel Mill. Working with a team of designers, we came up with a proposal that create a new Gateway for Millvale. The proposal introduces new and safe connections to the riverfront, a new park for the community that incorporates passive flood mitigation, and affordable housing for residents.

Photography Credit:

Chase Kea, Sujan Das Shrestha, Jianxiao Ge

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