Caitlin Kelley |  MArch AIA NCARB


Caitlin is an award-winning Architect practicing architecture in Southern California for over thirty years, and as of recent, in Bentonville, Arkansas. Specializing in high-end custom residential design and unique commercial projects, her diverse abilities in design, music, and art are fused together to create eclectic architectural designs. The focus is on creating enlivening architecture through unique, sustainable designs for today’s environmentally aware community.


She holds a Master of Architecture degree from NewSchool of Architecture + Design in San Diego where she has also been an adjunct faculty member teaching in the Graduate Thesis Design Studio, Thesis Research, and 2nd Year Graduate Design Studio. Her undergraduate degree is in Music from Mills College in Oakland, California, where she was acknowledged for her abilities in musical performance through numerous awards.


Caitlin has been recognized for her work, among others, on the redevelopment of Sun Harbor Marina in San Diego with the SDG&E Earth Award. As the first LEED Certified Marina globally, this project set a precedence for the Port of San Diego to require all future port projects to meet LEED criteria. Further, the design team developed Blue Standards, LEED criteria for the marina industry. Caitlin’s work has been published in Eco-Structure, Marina Dockage, San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles, and San Diego Living. 


Prior to becoming an architect, Caitlin was a professional musician and painter. Her studies took her to Europe where she lived for over a decade, performing and exhibiting her work. Along with architecture and painting, musical performance and composition are her long-time passion. Her current work is creating performance art that addresses the relationship between sound (music) and shape (architecture).


At present Caitlin lives in Bentonville, Arkansas where she is focused on developing residential and commercial projects.