Joseph Michael Kelly, Architect, Engineer and Construction Manager

About the Studio



Architectural services encompass program development, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding and negotiation, construction administration and/or construction management. Building Conservation services involve research, building assessment, documentation and material analysis to understand the building before making any changes, its architectural or historic significance, its structural performance and the pattern of air movement. They also involve energy and thermal modeling, solar and light studies, computational fluid dynamics to analyze wind and fluid flow, and building physics investigations. Building Services Engineering addresses the dynamics in a static structure, providing movement, facilities, communications and comfort. 

JMK sailing in the Gulf of Mexico

About Joseph Michael Kelly

Michael maintains a geographically diverse studio with diverse projects. The work includes a wide range of architectural design activities and the design of engineering systems incidental to the practice of architecture. His expertise ranges from traditional architectural and engineering commissions, to the conservation of historic buildings. The architectural approach is focused on integrating engineering technology to improve the social and environmental performance of buildings, with sustainable and low carbon design at the core of the decision making process. All documents are produced by digital production, with the designs built exclusively within the virtual space of the computer. His method of working involves artists, craftsmen, preservationists, technicians, technologists and subcontractors early in the design phase, and he maintains a close relationship through the completion of construction to insure the way things are detailed and go together. Michael is dedicated to the deepest level of involvement in the design and construction of all projects to deliver the highest possible standards of excellence. He is a firm believer in the historic concept of master builder where there was no division between architect, engineer, and builder. He acts as the construction manager on approximately 75% of all projects. The studio was established in 1961 by John Kelly in Greenville, SC as "Kelly Architects." Work completed consists of over one thousand projects. Before joining the studio in 1988, Michael was a project manager for Robert Lamb Hart, Architects and Planners, and Emory Roth and Sons, Architects, New York, NY.

Michael continues to make regular contributions to academia as a guest critic; he was formerly a Research Fellow and Associate Professor in Architecture at Temple University and Adjunct Professor at the American College of Building Arts. He holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University, a PD in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MSc in Building Services Engineering and an MSc in Building Conservation from Heriot-Watt University-Edinburgh. He is a Registered Architect in FL, GA, NC, NY, PA, SC, and holds an NCARB Certificate. He is also a Certified Construction Manager in SC. Michael is registered as a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom, European Engineer with FEANI and International Professional Engineer. He is a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and Society of Facade Engineers. 

Michael is a merchant mariner and holds a Master's license with the United States Coast Guard. Authorized to engage in Commercial Assistance Towing and Sailing Endorsement. Deck: Able Seaman and Lifeboatman. He has sailed thousands of nautical miles in the Gulf of Maine, North Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Since 2005 he has been the skipper of the United States Documented sailing vessel "Beauty" which under the laws of the United States is permitted to engage in coastwise trade and function as the offshore studio in and out of international waters. Beauty is set up for single-handed sailing and her hailing port is Charleston, SC. "The 6 most awesome things to know about the Merchant Marine."

Qualifications: EUR ING, BET, PD, MSc, RA, NCARB, CEng, MCIBSE, IntPE(UK)


November/December 2018, Good Old Boat, The sailing magazine for the rest of us! Bristol 32 A lovely full-keel cruiser in the classic CCA style

Architectural Engineer Interview North Dakota State Government

Times Union: New owners may restore spires edifice lost to fire, Buyers pay $800,000, seek historically correct repairs for landmark

Brownstone Renovation – A work in Progress at # 13 First Street

The Stone Residence was selected to be featured in a book of the world's exceptional residential designs entitled, "50+ Vacation Homes." Imaging  Publishing Group. 

Several architectural projects featured in the book entitled, "Landscape Design for Energy Efficiency".


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Joseph Michael Kelly

PO BOX 1356, Greenville, SC 29602 USA


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