Kalen McNamara, Assoc. AIA

Kalen McNamara is an architectural designer with experience working across a broad range of scales, from small residences to large urban developments. She has previously worked at offices in Providence, New York, and Houston, including SWA Group in Houston and Tolila+Gilliland in Paris, France.

She received her Master of Architecture degree from Rice University, where she completed her thesis project Discontinuous Monument, a network of waypoints for touring musicians traveling across the United States. Sited in the no man’s land between the interstate highway and adjacent small towns, the project creates a new architectural language that is neither urban nor rural, a theme which she continues to revisit in her work through both writing and design.

While at Rice she received the Anderson Todd Award, The John Crowder Traveling Fellowship, and the Morris R. Pitman Award in Architecture. Her Totalization studio project with design partner Ningxin Cheng was the winner of the 2017 Vectorworks Richard Diehl Award.

Kalen received ­her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, she is a lifelong music lover whose latest obsession is underground techno, much to the chagrin of her officemates.