Allison McElheny believes in the power of design to affect positive change – for individuals, communities, and the future of our shared environment. A critical thinker, she values conceptual clarity in response to each project site and program, and seeks the simplest solution to address a client’s specific, often complex needs. Allison believes that sustainability and resilience are integral to every project, and that design solutions should be efficient, adaptable, and responsive to human and environmental conditions.
Allison’s portfolio includes many award-winning adaptive use and historic renovations of cultural institutions and urban community landmarks. She enjoys the process of discovering a building’s story and creating new relevancy for aging structures. Allison has also worked closely with K-12 and university clients to deliver thoughtfully designed learning facilities and campus plans.
“As a designer, I value the storytelling potential of the built environment. I look for opportunities to reveal authenticity and enhance sensory experience with the ultimate goal of fostering human curiosity and connection.”
- The New School, Parsons School of Design, Master of Architecture, 2006
- Emory University, Bachelor of Arts in Art History, 2000
- American Institute of Architects