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Kip Ellis

Principal / Science + Technology Practice Leader


For as far back as he can recall, Kip has been fascinated by the power of design to convey the spirit of its community and inspire people to do great things. Kip uses design to examine the enduring qualities and innate character of buildings to foster innovation and discovery among students. His inclusive collaboration style enables him to explore a variety of diverse perspectives and voices; as a result, the spaces and places he designs cultivate a sense of inclusivity and connectivity among students and faculty. 

Kip leads Goody Clancy’s Science & Technology practice, which spans a diverse range of programs from the subatomic to the stellar: genetics to data science, biochemistry to bioengineering, theoretical physics to hands-on fabrication, and everything in between. A believer in the power of convergence, he considers users first and foremost, reflecting on how the built environment can improve well-being, strengthen community, and inspire discovery. Whether it be a cutting-edge signature building or a complex multi-phased renovation, Kip thrives on the challenge of designing versatile spaces that foster experiential learning and science research.  

Outside of the office, Kip enjoys spending time with his husband and their canine/feline associates. He has two basset hounds (Sheriff and Napoleon) and three cats (Paxton, Barnabas, and Tiberius)—names he is never embarrassed to call out in public. Bonus fun fact: Kip marched in the Tournament of Roses parade alongside his high school band.  

I believe that design can help make our world a better place, bringing joy and positivity in our lives. Architecture can make a memorable difference, with lasting impact.
Kip Ellis Principal / Science + Technology Practice Leader
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