KELSEY JORDAN

Ittner Architects

SAY IT LOUD - NOW Exhibitor

Missouri Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Nature has always been a required inspirational expression in the places I design. Professionally, I find the philanthropical spirit of change makers and the ideas of children inspire me the most as they both live in a world without limitations.

Kelsey Jordan

Bio:

As a catalyst for equity, diversity, and inclusion, Kelsey is a published, acclaimed designer whose work focuses on wellness and education as a mean to empower relationships between communities and the built environment. Altruistically serving on various design-based, empowerment-focused, and public-EDI boards throughout her career, she has exhibited excellence in challenging conventional perceptions and embracing cultural traditions to envision a communally strengthened quality of life.

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

Growing up, I always was drawing. Early in col- lege, I learned architecture was an imminent factor in guiding how people experienced envi- ronments. It was then I knew architecture was the best profession to passively instill meaningful positive change.

 

What do you do?

As an educational designer with an emphasis on well-being I strive to inspire and champion for traditionally underrepresented communities and individuals both professionally and philanthropi- cally by encouraging equitable access to educa- tion for all.

What excites you in the work you do?

Collaborating with clients to understand their unique solutions, designing interactive, engaging environments as a tool to provide child-like joy, & creating a change-making platform for social and equitable expressions are all extremely fulfilling.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Nature has always been a required inspirational expression in the places I design. Professionally, I find the philanthropical spirit of change makers and the ideas of children inspire me the most as they both live in a world without limitations.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

My proudest achievement is elevated when I educate the influences of design to young minds so they may strengthen themselves and their communities. Educated youth and design are the future of positive change in our communities and the profession.

Featured Project Name: 

Academy

 

Featured Project Location: 

Mississippi

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Unbuilt

Role in Featured Project: 

Designer, Researcher, Visualization Specialist

Featured Project Description:

Academy is a research project to understand the ideologies behind implementing passive and active wellness strategies in an educational environment while engaging the contextual systematic inequalities such as cycling poverty, culturally divided educational systems, food disparity, and obesity stemming from years of corrupt racial injustices. The community’s needs are engaged through conceptualizing a community-empowered pedagogy incorporating agricultural heritage with wellness principals.

Photography Credit:

Rendering Completed by Kelsey Jordan

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