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Urban Design Guidelines
Urban Open Space
Therese Kelly is a licensed architect and social practice artist committed to creating a vibrant public realm. A member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and co-founder of the Los Angeles Urban Rangers, she creates innovative engagement tools in her projects to engage, build consensus, and empower social and environmental resilience.
She has re-envisioned and implemented award-winning L.A. landscapes including post-industrial Baldwin Hills and Downtown’s 12-acre Grand Park. She has also interpreted and activated forgotten infrastructural landscapes -- such as the L.A. River, urban sidewalks, and storm drains -- and built climate awareness through site-specific projects along the California coast. Her work has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Rotterdam Architecture Biennale, and the 2016 LA Public Art Biennial.
Previously, she worked at architectural firms Moore Ruble Yudell and Rios Clementi Hale Studios, and was an editor and book designer at Princeton Architectural Press. She has also taught at Otis College of Design, UC-Santa Barbara, UCLA, and the Royal Institute of Arts, Stockholm. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University and earned her M.Arch at University of California, Los Angeles, as a Regent's Fellow.