Joseph Michael Kelly, Architect, Engineer and Construction Manager

About the Studio



Projects are of various scope and scale including resorts, commercial, residential, academic, agricultural, recreational buildings and swimming pools. Architectural services encompass program development, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding and negotiation, construction administration and/or construction management. Architectural 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. Construction management service is provided from conception to completion on approximately 75% of all projects.

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. Michael practices alone and produces all documents by digital production, with the designs built and managed within the virtual space of the computer. His method of working involves landscape architects, artists, craftsmen, preservationists, technicians, and technologists early in the design phase, and he maintains a close relationship through the completion of construction to ensure 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 modern technological concept of Master Builder where there is no division between architect, engineer, and builder. The studio was established in 1961 by John Kelly in Greenville, SC as "Kelly Architects." Work completed consists of over one thousand projects. 

Michael believes in lifelong learning and 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, Adjunct Professor at the American College of Building Arts and Instructor in Engineering Technology at Greenville Technical College. 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. 

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

About Sailing Vessel Beauty

Michael is a merchant mariner and holds a 100 ton 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 carries cargo, crew and provides all studio functions when sailing to different coastal job locations. Beauty is capable of bluewater sailing, set up to be single-handed and her hailing port is Charleston, SC. The Merchant Marine is important to our environment, economy and the construction industry.


May 22, 2020, Video: MARAD Commemorates National Maritime Day 

Three recently completed building conservation projects in Troy, NY have been included in a new book by Diana S. Waite. The book entitled, "The Architecture of Downtown Troy, An Illustrated History" tells the stories behind many significant buildings and how they were designed and constructed.

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


Steeplejack contractor - Individual or company that specializes in maintenance, repair and restoration. Work includes replacement of wood siding, trim and exterior painting. Bilingual - Both English and Spanish are spoken on our jobs. Immediate need for a project in Upstate South Carolina. 


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Joseph Michael Kelly

PO BOX 1356, Greenville, SC 29602 USA


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