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In Memoriam: Emanuel Kelly, FAIA

Emanuel Kelly, renowned Black architect
Emanuel Kelly, renowned Black architect

Emanuel Kelly, 80, of Philadelphia, renowned Black architect, longtime Temple University professor, and prolific social equity and affordable housing advocate, died Friday, Jan. 12, of complications from a pulmonary embolism at his home in University City.

Mr. Kelly was a founding partner of Kelly Maiello Architects, one of the first Black-owned architectural firms in the city and the design inspiration behind such local landmarks as the President’s House at Independence National Historical Park, and the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Reading Terminal Market in Center City.

He was an expert at city planning, urban design, and neighborhood revitalization, and he and his colleagues refurbished the courthouses at City Hall and created the new West Philadelphia High School. He worked on the Criminal Justice Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, John Coltrane Museum, Philadelphia Zoo, and numerous other public places and churches in the region.

He never retired and was, among other things, on the current design team for the African American Museum of Bucks County. His work was recognized by the Delaware-based Beyond the Built Environment advocacy group and many other organizations, and his honors include the Minority Enterprise Development Committee’s 2002 Pioneer Award, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s 2010 Visionary in Historic Preservation Award, and the 2020 Medal of Distinction from the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

In addition to his wife, sons, and daughter-in-law, Mr. Kelly is survived by four grandchildren and other relatives. His daughter, former wife, and a brother died earlier.

Memorial services are to be held later.

Donations in his name may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, N.Y. 10016.

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AIA Philadelphia Board of Director's Statement on Emanuel Kelly: HERE

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