Kelly McCain

Originally from Erie Pennsylvania, Kelly joined Wheeler Kearns Architects (WKA) in January 2016 as an Intern Architect.

Kelly received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture with a Minor in Interactive Media Studies from Miami University in Ohio in 2012. Throughout her undergraduate degree, Kelly interned for Michael Grab Architect for three consecutive summers and one full year as an IDP intern in her hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania. By being the sole intern in the practice, Kelly gained a unique level of responsibility as project manager on various residential, educational, and light commercial projects, brought to completion through constant interaction with clients and contractors.

Kelly received her Masters of Architecture degree with an emphasis in Materials and Fabrication from the University of Washington in Seattle. Kelly’s focus varied from tectonic detailing to urban master planning, earning her Third Place in the 2014 ACSA Steel Competition Open Category for her project “Engage: Seattle Greyhound Bus Station,” which was also nominated for the AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Student Design Awards. Kelly completed her architectural education in December of 2015 through her thesis titled, “The Fluid City – the integration of architecture and urban design to reconnect the city of Erie to its post-industrial waterfront and the temporal environment beyond”, which was chosen to be archived in the university records.

Before moving to Chicago, Kelly interned at NAC Architecture in Seattle where she worked as both an architectural and marketing team member as both a full-time and part-time student intern throughout the completion of her Master’s Degree. Her multidisciplinary background allows her to have a strong understanding of the profession from all scales and viewpoints.

Kelly is currently working on a new single-family residence in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, and a food pantry renovation on the city’s north side. She is working towards becoming a licensed architect.

2015                    . MArch, University of Washington
2012 BArch, Miami University, Ohio
Minor, Interactive Media Studies
Professional Experience
2016-present Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago, Project Architect
2014-2015 NAC Architecture, Architectural Intern
2010-2013 Michael Grab Architect, Architectural Intern
Professional Affiliations
2016-present Chicago Women in Architecture (CWA)
Individual Honors
2014 ACSA Steel Competition, Open Category