Kip Ellis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Lead Designer

Kip brings a love of the history of American culture and its influence on architectural design on college and university campuses to every project. He specializes in the design of sophisticated science buildings that promote innovative learning while celebrating each institution’s unique culture and place. As a member of EYP’s STEM Research Team, he has provided strategic and creative contributions to many of EYP’s science education projects, as well as thought leadership on a significant number of planning and studies. His award-winning project for Bryant University's unique Academic Innovation Center is currently featured on

Kip writes and speaks on the special challenges and issues of designing for higher education for such organizations as Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), the Society for College and University Planners (SCUP), Labs 21, and Tradeline. He shares his passion for design by leading design studios at the Boston Architectural College. 


The Maker Movement… What’s Next?

by Kip Ellis, Toni Loiacano

Trinity Cube

The Maker experience represents a profound change in how things are being created today, which in turn requires a paradigm shift in how and where students can most effectively be educated.

How Colleges & Universities Invigorate Campuses Through A New Genre of STEM Buildings

by Leila Kamal, Kip Ellis, Toni Loiacano, Charles Kirby

Trinity's Garage Doors

Amidst research and reports showing that a third of U.S. post-secondary institutions are struggling financially, many of them see a highly competitive STEM program as a key to their future success and survival.

UNM selects architects to design Physics & Astronomy Interdisciplinary Science building

by Jeff Schantz, Kip Ellis

UNM Site Map

Albuquerque-based Van H. Gilbert Architects (VHGA) and EYP's Boston-based Science & Technology team have been selected to design The University of New Mexico's new Physics & Astronomy Interdisciplinary Science (PAIS) building. 

Assessment of the College of the Holy Cross Integrated Science Complex II: Analysis of Administrative Data

by Leila Kamal, Charles Kirby, Kip Ellis, Toni Loiacano

Integrated Science Complex exterior

To further assess the impact of the new Integrated Science Complex (ISC) at the College of the Holy Cross, EYP analyzed trend data from several administrative offices.

Wheaton College, Mars Center for Science and Technology: Post-Occupancy Evaluation Surveys

by Leila Kamal, Toni Loiacano, Kip Ellis, Charles Kirby

Mars Center for Science and Technology exterior

EYP conducted two post-occupancy surveys, one of faculty and theother of students, in spring 2013. Based on survey responses, the new Mars Center has succeeded in accomplishing several goals.

Assessment of Trinity University STEM Buildings: Pre-Occupancy Evaluation Surveys

by Leila Kamal, Toni Loiacano, Charles Kirby, Kip Ellis

Trinity Center for the Sciences & Innovation exterior

We assessed existing STEM buildings on the Trinity campus in comparison to an EYP-designed facility. 

Plan to Evaluate the Impact of STEM Buildings on College and University Campuses, Volume 1: Dimensions of Assessment

by Leila Kamal, Charles Kirby, Kip Ellis, Toni Loiacano

Integrated Science Center exterior

Our mission is to design buildings that improve the quality of science education. To go beyond anecdotal evidence that it is fulfilling this mission, we aim to develop a plan to systematically evaluate its designs.

Evaluating the Impact of STEM Buildings on College and University Campuses, Volume 2: Pilot Assessment - College of the Holy Cross

by Leila Kamal, Charles Kirby, Kip Ellis, Toni Loiacano

College of the Holy Cross Exterior

This report analyzes the research results of the pilot assessment conducted at the College of the Holy Cross.

Representative Projects

Exterior facade at dusk

College of the Holy Cross

Integrated Science Complex


Transparent design brings science out from behind closed doors to make this interdisciplinary center a campus destination.

Exterior of Virginia Tech New Classroom Building

Virginia Tech

Classroom Building

Academic Innovation

A first-of-its-kind facility is redefining the collegiate educational experience.

Innovation Forum in the new Bryant University Classroom Building

Bryant University

Academic Innovation Center

Academic Innovation

An immersive, collaborative environment enables students to learn through iterative, hands-on design and experimentation.

exterior view of building showing main entrance

Middle Tennessee State University

Science Building


Tomorrow’s leaders in science education are testing experimental learning spaces today.

Rendering of atrium

Concordia College

Science Facility


Hybrid "T-search" spaces increase space utilization in the STEM building year-round.

Exterior view of building

Radford University

Center for the Sciences


An immersive "Main Street," complete with planetarium, presents a pervasive science experience.

Exterior facade of Loyola Science Center at dusk

University of Scranton

Loyola Science Center


Prominently sited alongside a highway, this signature campus gateway communicates the intellectual rigor that is a hallmark of the Jesuit tradition.

exterior view of building

Swarthmore College

Unified Science Center


Through the consolidation of science programs, this inter-connected center helps foster the interdisciplinary activities inherent in contemporary science education and research.