KAREN KELLY

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

Bio:

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: 

In-Progress

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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