Brian Kelly Named Associate Dean for Development and Faculty Affairs



Professor of Architecture Brian Kelly has been named Associate Dean for Development and Faculty Affairs, at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. A staple of the school for 30 years, Kelly will leverage his relationships and program expertise to assist with the school's development and fundraising campaign. In his new role, he will also assume responsibilities regarding faculty affairs issues from Professor Don Linebaugh. Kelly begins his new role July 1.


“Professor Kelly will be a great addition to the school's senior leadership team, helping us cultivate new strategic directions in development, and supporting our faculty to succeed in their scholarship and teaching enterprises,” said Dr. Don Linebaugh, Interim Dean of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. “I look forward to working with Brian and am confident that his leadership will move us forward as a school and community of scholars.”


Professor Kelly joined the University of Maryland in 1987, with extensive experience in both professional and academic venues, including SOM Chicago and teaching positions at The Catholic University of America, Syracuse University and Arizona State University. Kelly was hired to teach the foundational studios, drawing and architectural theory courses. In the early 1990s, Kelly joined Professors Matt Bell and Tom Schumacher to develop the legendary Rome program. In the shadows of the Pantheon, Kelly taught generations of Terps to draw en plein air, using graphite, charcoal and watercolors. He was also instrumental in creating the school’s in-residence semester in Florence, which debuted in 2017. In 1996, Kelly began collaborating with Baltimore-based Ayers Saint Gross (ASG) Architects and Planners on campus planning projects across the country. Kelly has helped develop master plans for many institutions, including Harvard, Wake Forest, UNC Chapel Hill, Emory University and University of Georgia. He is most proud of the work executed at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame where, since the adoption of the ASG master plan in 2002, the university has executed projects for its campus and surrounding community totaling over $2.2 billion in investments in infrastructure, landscape and architectural improvements. Kelly became the director of the Architecture Program in the mid-90s. During his tenure as director/area chair, Professor Kelly led the development of several strategic plans for the program, numerous successful accreditation visits and revisions to the program’s curriculum. In recent years, Kelly has provided leadership for the architecture thesis program. He continues to teach an introductory course in theory and periodically offers a History of the Italian Renaissance course. 


Professor Kelly earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Master of Architecture from Cornell University. He will continue to serve as director and chair of the Architecture Program. 


Posted on June 12, 2018 by Maggie Haslam