Allison McElheny

A talented designer and critical thinker, Allison values conceptual clarity in responding to each project site and program, and seeks the simplest and most elegant solution to address client requirements. She believes that sustainability and resilience are integral to every project, focusing on design solutions that are efficient, adaptable, and responsive to human and environmental conditions.

Allison’s portfolio includes adaptive use and renovations of cultural institutions and urban landmarks. She also works closely with university and school clients to deliver thoughtfully designed classroom buildings, K-12 projects, and campus plans.

Allison believes in the power of design to affect positive change for individuals, communities, and the future of our shared environment. She appreciates the storytelling potential of the built environment and looks for opportunities to reveal authenticity and enhance sensory experience, ultimately fostering curiosity and human connection.


Master of Architecture, The New School, Parsons School of Design, 2006

Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Emory University, 2000


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