Kellen recently joined PYATOK after bolstering his experience in Live/Work and Affordable Housing, bringing his understanding of these housing types to the firm. He has since become an integral member of the firm’s 23rd and Valdez project team, Alta Waverly --- an anchor housing project in the City of Oakland’s Broadway-Valdez District Specific Plan. Kellen is committed to integrating contemporary aesthetics and sustainability with historic and vernacular traditions in the Bay Area’s rehabilitating urban landscape. He views urban exploration and film photography as essential aspects of his practice and has exhibited photographic work in Oakland, Los Angeles, and Eugene, OR.
While obtaining his Masters of Architecture at the University of Oregon, Kellen served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Architecture Department and as Woodshop Supervisor in the University’s Craft Center. In 2014, he received Oregon’s Louis C. Rosenberg scholarship to study Contemporary Housing in Historic Contexts in northern Italian cities including Venice, Milan, and Turin. He has studied architecture throughout Italy and southern Switzerland, and urban design in Tokyo.
Before turning to architecture, Kellen received a B.A. in Art History from UCLA and worked for several galleries and museums in Los Angeles and San Francisco.