Tess Kelly

LEED® Green Associate



Bachelor of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


LEED® Green Associate



  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW DC)

Tess Kelly joined KGD Architecture in 2012 and has since worked as a designer and project architect on a variety of projects. While she specializes in Multifamily residential her experience ranges from commercial base building to retail interiors. Tess enjoys a client-focused approach to design and finds fulfillment in creating an inspiring environment. She sees the importance of every phase of a project and appreciates maintaining an active role from start to finish.

While earning her Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, Tess also pursued a minor in industrial design and a study abroad in Switzerland. She was an active student involved in the Residential Leadership Community and several outdoor activity programs including Sailing Club.

Tess brings her positive energy and leadership skills to the office through involvement in recruiting efforts, social committee, and design competitions.  She is always looking for opportunities to connect and give back within the design community through fundraising events including Cosmo Couture, Canstruction, Make-a-wish, and DCBIA Community improvement days. Tess is a LEED® Green Associate through USGBC and is working towards becoming a Registered Architect.

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