Kip Ellis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Design Principal


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. 


Research shows that environments that embrace the outdoors not only improve productivity and increase interaction, but they are critical to successfully creating spaces where people want to study, create, work, and live. More

A Design Museum article explores the art of design for Academic Innovation spaces.

Today’s best academic institutions are catalysts for innovation. They host environments in which their people make things. They foster learning experiences that open up both students and professors to creative thinkers from a variety of fields, from the academy to the business world. They teach their students to be lifelong learners. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Representative Projects