LEO A DALY hires Elissa Kellett, AIA, as global higher education practice leader

Kellett is a recognized expert in higher education with more than 35 years of master planning, programming and design experience


LEO A DALY is pleased to announce that Elissa Kellett, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined the firm as vice president, global higher education practice leader. In this role, Kellett collaborates with design and planning experts to lead and grow our global education practice. She is based in our Washington, D.C., design studio.

Kellett has devoted a 36-year career to helping colleges and universities envision and realize capital projects that further their mission and reflect the unique character of their institutions. Her expertise is comprehensive, covering all phases of planning, visioning, design, construction and post-occupancy evaluation across the continuum of higher education, including community colleges, four-year institutions, graduate programs, and translational research facilities. She joins LEO A DALY from EYP, where she was a project executive for the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions.

“LEO A DALY is dedicated to helping colleges and universities transform futures through exceptional design. We are thrilled to have Elissa lead our higher education practice, leveraging a wealth of knowledge across our firm to help clients solve their toughest planning, programming, funding and design challenges,” said LEO A DALY president, Steven Lichtenberger, AIA.

“Elissa is a recognized thought leader in design for higher education, and a passionate advocate for innovative, fiscally responsible and sustainable design that enhances student performance. Her approach is to collaborate with clients to arrive at solutions unique to them. Our clients will benefit from her expertise developing programs, envisioning transformative architecture and creating solutions that engage students and scale to institutions,” said Ignacio Reyes, AIA, vice president and global director of business development.

Kellett is a registered architect in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., with higher-level accreditation in sustainable design and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan. She shares her expertise through mentorship, publications and presentations for professional organizations such as the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU), and Tradeline.

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