My practice is a small one by design, with a passion for crafting a better built environment through genuine collaboration with craftspeople and clients. I bring to bear enthusiasm, informed by my experience in related disciplines, to make better Projects for clients and their communities.




Incorporating a background in the Fine Arts, lifelong exposure to the construction industry, and a passion for the physical sciences, Architect Darren M. Kelly has spent 19 years of professional practice focusing on the various aspects of planning and design both in the United States and abroad. Rather than specialize in one particular facet of architectural practice, Mr. Kelly has deliberately committed his energy to the overall process of creating environments that promote wellness for building occupants and, by extension, communities. His work has garnered numerous awards and encompasses the entirety of architectural practice:

Existing Facility Assessment
Project Management
Medical Equipment Planning
Interior Architecture
Technical Documentation
Construction Administration
Post-Occupancy Review
Forensic Testing and Investigation

Mr. Kelly’s ongoing research includes the neurophysiological response to affective environments as they relate to the promotion of wellness in the design of buildings. As a John C. Patterson, AIA Memorial Research Fellowship recipient, he delivered a paper in 2009 proposing the first structural model for the Biophilic Effect involving Orchestrated Objective Reduction within sub-neuronal protein tubelin dimer assemblies.

More recently, clients have asked Mr. Kelly to apply the planning and design principles that create successful healthcare environments to other building types, including private residences. Occupant-centered design coupled with rigorous technical documentation not usually seen in residential and commercial Projects has generated well-received solutions.


Chinese Hospital New Tower, San Francisco, California

Mount Diablo/Solano Oncology Group, Concord, California

Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California

Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center, Redwood City, California

New Yangsan Hospital, Pusan National University, Pusan, South Korea

Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York

St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, California

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Allegany Regional Hospital, Low Moor, Virginia

Riverside Methodist Hospitals, Columbus, Ohio

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Bed Building 1, Santa Clara, California

Trinity Health System, Steubenville, Ohio


O Boutique, Concord, California

Colfax Street Gallery, Concord, California

Center for Wellness, Columbus, Ohio