Kristen Ellsworth

Kristen Ellsworth

Quincy, MA, US



I am an architectural designer with more than ten years of experience in all phases of design and construction. I've recently relocated to the Boston area due to my husband's work, and I am looking for a challenging new position.

Since graduating from the Master’s of Architecture program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, I have worked at Sacco + McKinney Architects, a six person firm in Latham, NY; at HOLT Architects, a forty person firm in Ithaca, NY; and as a designer for Campus Planning, Design, & Construction at Syracuse University. Over the past decade, my work has emphasized higher education projects, but I have also worked on residential, commercial, and health care projects, as a team leader, as part of a team, and independently.

As my experience has grown, my responsibilities have expanded to include feasibility studies, client and planning board presentations, managerial, and construction administration duties. I have also created 3D computer models used for interior design, exterior architecture, or site planning purposes for many of these projects. I enjoy communicating with clients and consultants as well as with my co-workers. I have been a LEED AP (BD+C) for several years, and plan to sit for my ARE exams in the near future.


Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, Architectural Designer

• Carnegie Library. Phases I & II of renovations to Math Department classroom and accessory spaces. Construction Documents.
• Eggers Hall. Renovation of 100 seat tiered seminar room. Schematic Design through Construction Documents.
• Bird Library, Plastics Pioneers Reading Room. Alterations to create a gallery and reading room for the study of plastics in history. Schematic Design through Construction Documents.
• Regent Theater Complex. Schematic Design for signage and branding.
• Lyman Hall, Environmental Health & Safety Services. Renovation of former laboratory as office and seminar spaces. Schematic design through Construction Administration.
• Women’s Building, Laboratory Renovation. Construction Documents and Administration.
• Kimmel Hall, Office of Residence Life Apartment. Modernization of Resident Advisor living quarters. Feasibility Study, Cost Estimate, 3D Model & Schematic Designs, Client Presentation, Finish and Product Selection, Construction Adminstration.
• Link Hall, Dean’s Suite. Renovation. Schematic Design and Construction Documents.
• Smith Hall. College of Visual and Performing Arts Department of Design, studios and public spaces. Schematic Design through Construction Administration.
• HB Crouse, Gifford Auditorium. Renovation of 398 seat Auditorium. Schematic design including 3D model through Construction Administration.
• Whitman School of Management, Academic Support Space. Renovation of office and conference space. Schematic design through Construction Administration.
• Walnut Hall. Conversion of dormitory “gang” bathrooms to private baths. Schematic Design through Construction Administration.
• Campuswide Accessibility Renovations. Surveyed the campus and documented modifications required to meet the accessibility requirements for the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights.

Oct 2007 - Jul 2012

HOLT Architects, P.C., Ithaca, NY, US, Architectural Designer

• Little Falls Hospital. Lead team for renovation of Hospital Registration and Main Entrance, Emergency Department, Ambulatory Procedures, & Intensive Care Unit. Design Development , Code Review, including NYS Dept of Health requirements, Construction Documents, Coordination with Owner and Consultants.
• Ithaca College, Peggy Ryan Williams Center. New construction of College Admissions Building, 57,500sf, LEED Platinum Certified. Construction Documents.
• Ithaca College, Classroom Addition & Pedestrian Concourse. New construction, 8,500sf, LEED Gold Certified. Schematic Design & Construction Documents
• Auburn Memorial Hospital, Behavioral Health Unit. Renovation of unused hospital wing to 14 bed inpatient unit. Schematic design.

Oct 2006 - Sep 2007

Sacco + McKinney Architects, PC, Latham, NY, US, Architectural Designer

• St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Carondelet Hospitality Center. Renovations and Alterations to Auditorium and Guest Wing. Prepared Feasibility Report and Presentation to St. Joseph’s Community. Schematic Designs, Construction Documents, Construction Administration.
• International Charter School of Schenectady. Renovation to elementary school. Supervised Construction Documents. Construction Administration.
• Union College, Butterfield Hall Bio-engineering Labs. Renovation of 1919 classroom building to contemporary bioengineering laboratory. Determined faculty requirements. Schematic Layout, 3D model. Construction Documents, Construction Administration.
• Amherst College, Morrow Hall. Historic renovation of 1926 McKim, Meade and White dormitory. Schematic Design through Construction Documents.
• M&T Bank, Niskayuna Branch. Renovation and Addition. Construction Documents, including Site Design, Planning Board Presentation, Construction Administration.
• Union College, The Inn at College Park. Renovation of former 7 story hotel to College Dormitory and Conference Center. Fast-track project. Prepared Construction Documents. Assisted with Construction Administration.
• First Niagara Bank. Schematic Designs and Construction Documents for various branches.
• RPI Guest House. Renovation of historic house to “Bed & Breakfast”. Preparation of Construction Documents.
• Amherst College, North & South Halls. Historic Renovation of 1820s dormitories. Schematic Design through Construction Documents.
• Chinese American Heritage School. New Building. Construction Documents, Code Analysis, Bid Administration.
• Amherst College, Williston Hall. Historic renovation of 1850 classroom building to freshman dormitory. Schematic Design through Construction Documents.
• RPI Service Building. Redesign shops & shipping. Schematics, Construction Documents.

Dec 2001 - Sep 2006

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, School of Architecture, Troy, NY, US, Teaching Assistant

Aug 1998 - Dec 2000

Cotler & Horsch Architects, PC, Latham, NY, US, Architectural Intern

Feb 2000 - Aug 2000

Ferraro Choi, Albany, NY, US, Architectural Intern

May 1999 - Aug 1999


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, US, MArch, M.Arch I

GPA 3.8. Dean's List. Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies, 1998, 1999. Waxman Service Award 1999. Student representative on Curriculum Council 1999.

May 1997 - May 2002

HARVARD COLLEGE, Cambridge, MA, US, Bachelors, Applied Mathematics

Cum Laude.

Sep 1991 - Jun 1995

Brighton High School, Brighton, MI, US, High School, High School

Aug 1986 - Jun 1991

Areas of Specialization