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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 EdSurge.com.

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. 

Publications

The 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. More

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. More

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.  More

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. More

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. More

Trinity Center for the Sciences & Innovation exterior

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

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. More

College of the Holy Cross Exterior

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

Representative Projects

Exterior facade at dusk

Integrated Science Complex

College of the Holy Cross

STEM

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

Exterior of Virginia Tech New Classroom Building

Classroom Building

Virginia Tech

Academic Innovation

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

Innovation Forum in the new Bryant University Classroom Building

Academic Innovation Center

Bryant University

Academic Innovation

Immersive environment fosters real-world Design Thinking and business partnerships.

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Science Building

Middle Tennessee State University

STEM

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

exterior view at dusk

Integrated Science Center

Concordia College

STEM

"T-search" spaces activate learning across disciplines.

Exterior view of building

Center for the Sciences

Radford University

STEM

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

Exterior facade of Loyola Science Center at dusk

Loyola Science Center

University of Scranton

STEM

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

Unified Science Center

Swarthmore College

STEM

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