Kelly Sutherlin McLeod

Principal at Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc.


Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, FAIA, founded her Long Beach-based firm in 1988. A graduate of the USC School of Architecture, she is a fellow of The American Institute of Architects and a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Association for Preservation Technology International, the California Preservation Foundation, the USC Board of Counselors, and a lifetime member of the USC Architectural Guild. She is a former member of the Board of Directors, Vice Chair of Advocacy, and a Heritage Associate at Pasadena Heritage. She also serves as a member of the Redevelopment Agency Board, the Economic Development Commission, and the Cultural Heritage Commission for the City of Long Beach.

The first female recipient of the prestigious Gamble House Scholar-in-Residence program, Kelly resided in the House during her senior years as an architectural student at USC. This unique experience had a profound influence on her professional focus and approach to practicing architecture.

Kelly served as the Project Architect for the nationally-recognized conservation of the Gamble House, completed in 2004.

(The Gamble House Conservation Project team has developed a permanent website devoted to the conservation that shares the story in greater detail. For more information, visit

The Conservation project has been recognized by the Los Angeles Conservancy and the California Preservation Foundation; and the American Institute of Architects California Council.

Kelly has been priviledged to work on other distinctive Charles and Henry Greene projects, notably the Tichenor, De Forest, Jennie Reeve and Pitcairn houses.

Her creative design concepts not only address the special needs of historic preservation, revitalization and renovation but also encompass new construction and adaptive reuse projects. With a commitment to architectural integrity, Kelly embraces the challenge of seeking harmony between the old and the new and meeting the present-day needs of her clients with creative and innovative design solutions.