Steven Kells, AIA, LEED-AP (1950 - 2012)

Steve Kells co-founded Kells + Craig Architects with Jonathan Craig in 1984, and passed away suddenly in September 2012.

In his 38 years of experience, Steven focused on developing contemporary and customized designs that responded to the unique cultural and environmental context of the American Southwest. In addition to being involved in a wide variety of projects in both the public and private sectors, he had an extensive background in historic preservation, and prepared plans for the stabilization, maintenance and preservation of historic structures of adobe, masonry and wood construction. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1974.

Notable projects for which he was responsible include the Hitoric KiMo Theater renovation in 2000, the Center for New Mexico Archaeology in Santa Fe, the Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability for New Mexico State University, and the Armijo- Batten House Rehabilitation for the Albuquerque Museum Foundation. In 2013 he was recognized posthumously with a lifetime achievement award by the Cultural Properties Review Committee.