Karen Zellner, AIA

Karen Zellner, AIA

Brooklyn, NY, US



Architecture always has a story behind it- narratives that weave together clients, physical environments and cultural contexts. Truly great buildings are more than just the beautiful spaces, they are the catalyst that allow for great ideas and important discoveries to happen. My mission as a designer is to understand each client's vision and work with them to make a place that best fits their unique identity.


EYP Architecture & Engineering, New York, NY, US, Senior Designer

The most important part of my role as Senior Designer is to champion good design and promote an integrated design approach. My responsibilities include providing creative input and design throughout all phases of projects, working in collaboration with large project teams, assisting Project Executives and the marketing team in new pursuits and making design presentations to clients. In addition to my project related work, I’m a regular contributor to the EYP’s Instagram feed and organize a monthly book club for the NYC office.

North Carolina A&T State University's Engineering & Research Innovation Complex
Monmouth University Edison Hall & New Addition (West Long Branch, NJ)
Fulton State Hospital (Fulton, MO)
Onondaga Lake Science Center (Syracuse, NY)
Project Orange Space - EYP Research Initiative

Instagram - Creative direction & Contributor (@EYPAE)

Oct 2013 - Sep 2017

Fradkin & McAlpin Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

-Landmark College Science Building, Putney Vermont - Spearheaded this firm’s first Revit project, Acted as design consultant to local Vermont architect, Collaborated and coordinated BIM models between firms, Produce presentation drawings and renderings.

-Tiffany & Co. Times Square Flagship Store, Hong Kong - In role of project architect, Worked closely with client to meet corporate design standards, managed production of construction documents using AutoCAD, Responsible for both consultant and contractor coordination and construction administration.

Sep 2012 - Oct 2013

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Architectural Designer

-University of Wisconsin School of Freshwater Sciences, Milwaukee WI - Schematic Design and Space Planning, Design Development, Construction Documentation, Consultant Coordination, Lab Planning, Interior Design, Facade Studies/Design, Manager of Revit Model

-Disney’s Grand Central Creative Campus Corporate Campus, Glendale, CA - Design Development, Construction Documentation, Detailing (Railings, Stairs, Glass Pylons), Presentation Materials, Design Iterations in Revit, Administrative Assistance to Project Management (tracking drawing issuances and correspondence)

-The Environmental Center at Frick Park, Pittsburgh, PA - Schematic Design, Intention to achieve the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge, Presentation Drawings, Design Studies/Iterations, Worked between Rhino and Revit to explore complex designs.
NuSkin Corporate Headquarters, Provo, UT - Sent to the Seattle office for three months to join the project team working on this design due to my Revit expertise. Interior Design, Material Selections, Retail Design, Casework, Rendered Presentation Materials.

Sep 2009 - Jun 2012

A Drink For Tomorrow, Moorestown, NJ, US, Graphic Designer/Volunteer

Involved in early branding of a start up nonprofit focused on providing clean drinking water and sanitation to those in the world living without. Before dissolving in late 2012, the organization brought clean water to over 13,000 people. Provided graphic identity including the creation of promotional materials, business cards & letterhead, as well as designing presentation graphics for use in fund-raising.

Jul 2009 - Apr 2010

TBS Services Inc., Haddon Heights, NJ, US, Intern

Building Envelope, Facade Detailing, Historic Preservation, Site Surveying, Diagnosis of malfunctioning building systems.

Jan 2008 - Sep 2009


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Awards: Winner of the 2009 School of Architecture’s Harriet Peck Prize for Best Thesis, 2007 Selected for Exhibit of RPI Student & Staff Work, Deans List 9 Semesters

Aug 2004 - May 2009

Areas of Specialization