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Arete Design Group

SAY IT LOUD - NOW Exhibitor

Wyoming Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Simply put, nature and people are forces that inspire my work.

Karen Kelly


The Great designer, Karen specializes in education design, programming and planning. Her extensive experience in new
and renovation education projects working with a variety of institutions, gives her a broad perspective on the needs and driving factors in education today. She works to embrace an open and inclusive communication style, allowing for effective and efficient projects. Karen is a seasoned project manager with exceptional leadership skills that help to foster a collaborative team environment.

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

I remember sitting in built environments every day, whether it was my childhood home, my school, or my dentist office, and daydreaming about how to renovate the existing space for a new or different use, from a very young age.

What do you do?

As a principal at a small firm, I do everything. From negotiating with clients and pursuing private and public work, to designing, redlining, and drafting, I am actively involved in all aspects of the design process.

What excites you in the work you do?

Everything. I absolutely love working with clients, imagining the great things that a new space will provide to the clients, and watching their dreams turn into a reality in their new spaces.


Who or what inspires you professionally?

Simply put, nature and people are forces that inspire my work.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

I am the proudest of my work when I see people exist- ing in and enjoying a space that I designed.

Featured Project Name: 

WYO Theater Performing Arts


Featured Project Location: 

Sheridan, Wyoming

Featured Project Completion Date: 


Role in Featured Project: 

Lead Architect


Featured Project Description:

Located in Sheridan’s Historic District, the Hallmark building that is currently adjacent and connected to The WYO Theater, has been a staple in the community since opening for the very first time in 1923. Having recently begun renovation is 2016, the WYO is an architectural centerpiece and a thriving performing arts facility. The Hallmark renovation added an extension of stage left, a dance studio, a green room, reception/ ticking, administrative offices, and full stage-sized rehearsal space.


Photography Credit:

Arete Design Group

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