Kelly Hayes McAlonie, AIA LEED AP

Director of the Capital Planning Group , University at Buffalo

Kelly Hayes McAlonie


Kelly Hayes McAlonie, AIA, LEED AP is the Director of the Capital Planning Group at the University at Buffalo and 2012 President of the American Institute of Architects New York State. Kelly has dedicated her profession to educational architecture. She previously was Associate Vice President of Cannon Design, where served in their Education Practice. In 2011 Kelly and colleague Despina Stratigakos collaborated with Mattel on the design and launch of Barbie I Can Be…Architect. That year she also co-curated with her husband Brian McAlonie the first exhibit in 25 years on Louise Bethune, America’s first woman architect, at the Buffalo History Museum. She is currently writing a biography of Louise Bethune and has written widely on her for over ten years. She also speaks widely about managing a disability in the workplace. Her Buffalo TEDx talk “The Power Dress” has received over 4000 views.

In 2012 she was the recipient of the AIANYS Del Gaudio Award and in 2011 she won the EB Green Distinguished Service Award from AIA Buffalo/WNY. In 2008 she was a recipient of the American Institute of Architect’s National Young Architects Award and in 2006 she won the Young Architect of the Year Award in AIA Buffalo/WNY. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Dalhousie University where she received the Alumni Award.