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geek. lego enthusiast. art lover. tinkerer.

Ms. Callahan’s career has evolved over a series of roles and responsibilities always grounded in her interior architectural background.  Her multi-faceted path has allowed her to amass a unique set of leadership, design, construction and project management skills over her 20+ year profession.


A seasoned architect, interior designer and lighting professional with demonstrated experience in programming, design, project management, Universal Design/accessibility, LEED integration and subject matter expert on various art and exhibition related matters. Expertise in working through the design and construction administration on numerous interior renovation projects has resulted in thoughtful, creative spaces, showcasing a strong design sensibility.

A true collaborator; Kerri is skilled in addressing user programs and designing complex, phased projects, including flexible environments for projects incorporating Universal Design and sustainability throughout.

Outside the professional world, Kerri loves to travel, hang with her loyal pup Dirty Harry, and collect shoes.

press and other stuff...

Case Study - Color Tunable Lighting at the Art Institute of Chicago

Illuminating Art for Emotive Effect - St. Mark's Chapel, Geneva, IL

2018 AIA Chicago Design Excellence: Distinguished Building; University of Chicago Campus North

2017 1st International Museum Lighting Symposium; Speaker; Color Tunable LEDs

2016 AIA Chicago Small Project Award: Honor Award; Writers Theatre

2015 IES Chicago Illumination Award of Merit; Swift & Sons

2014 IES Chicago Section Award; Hillshire Brands Headquarters

2014 IES Chicago Illumination Awards, Award of Merit; Hillshire Brands Headquarters

2007 AIA Chicago Sustainable Design Award ; Access Living Headquarters

2007 AIA Chicago Sustainable Design Award; Access Living Headquarters

2007 Barrier-Free America Award; Access Living Headquarters

2007 Neocon Presenter; Access Living; Universal Design for All

American Institute of Architects (AIA), Member

The International Association for Lighting Designers (IALD), Member

WBE (Women-Owned Business Enterprise) Certified - City of Chicago

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