Kellen Shipley, AIA
Senior Designer (510) 465-7010 x129

Kellen brings to the firm an enthusiasm for affordable and equitable housing, urban density and an attention to detail in design. He has used these principles to support a number of PYATOK projects: Alta Waverly, Camino 23 and West Grand & Brush in Oakland, Tabora Gardens in Antioch, and Altamira Family Apartments in Sonoma. Kellen is committed to integrating contemporary aesthetics and sustainability with historic and vernacular building traditions within the Bay Area’s urban fabric. He has spent his much of his tenure at PYATOK seeking creative solutions to his home state’s housing crisis through Project work, in-Office events, and participating in community-organizing like the East Bay Housing Organization’s Leadership Academy. He views travel, urban exploration and 35mm photography as essential aspects of his practice and has exhibited photographic work in Oakland, Los Angeles, and Eugene, Oregon.

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 the University’s Louis C. Rosenberg scholarship to study Contemporary Housing in Historic Contexts in northern Italian cities including Venice, Milan, Genoa and Turin. He has studied Architecture in programs abroad throughout Italy and southern Switzerland, as well Urban Design in Japan.

Before pursuing architecture, Kellen received a B.A. in Art History from UCLA and worked for several art galleries and museums in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He enjoys playing music and cooking, and was born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA.

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