Kelly Castellano, AIA
Principal Architect
kelly@ewparchitects.com
(630) 580-3104

Kelly Castellano, AIA

Principal Architect

Licensed Architect in Illinois and Tennessee / Registered Interior Designer in Illinois / LEED Accredited Professional / NCARB Certified / Bachelor of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology

To me, EWP is: At EWP, our specialty lies in commercial interiors. Since our inception, we’ve been dedicated to guiding tenants, landlords, asset holders, and leasing teams in creating inspiring office environments and supporting amenities. We are a nimble, experienced, and creative team committed to realizing your agenda. What sets us apart is our responsiveness, desire to get it right, humility and exceptional level of expertise. We aim to be your partner, facilitating leasing agreements and navigating any construction challenges that may arise. With us, you have a dedicated partner throughout the entire project.

My path to architecture and design: As an only child of a mining family, my childhood was filled with international travel. We moved every two years, first around the U.S. and then to Australia and Papua New Guinea. I was fortunate to travel extensively with my parents during that time. From Africa, Egypt, and Italy to Asia and the U.K., I saw some of the world’s most iconic built works before I hit double digits. This early exposure to history, art, and construction cultivated my deep respect for architecture and design. I witnessed firsthand the power design has on influencing a visitor’s mood and movement. It’s this human component that fascinates me most about architecture—its capacity to shape human behavior and interaction within built environments.

My role at EWP: As a Principal Architect at EWP, I play a central role in our core leadership, overseeing teams and projects throughout all phases. Dedicated to finding the most optimal and economic solution for each project and client, I guide EWP’s highly talented, creative, and conscientious individuals along the way.

Outside of EWP: I love to explore and travel, drawing creative inspiration from new cities and restaurants. Whether it’s observing unique installation methods, public seating preferences, or how materials change color with the setting sun, I often find inspiration in unexpected ways. As a mother of an energetic 5-year-old, my hobbies have shifted, but I remain passionate about health and wellness. Before motherhood, much of my time was spent in yoga studios, meditating, and learning about healthy living. Now, I run a “weekly wellness” series at the office, where we watch videos, discuss books and podcasts, and engage in group meditation or fitness activities. Optimizing physical health for mental clarity and happiness fascinates me, even if I sometimes struggle to practice what I learn!

“It’s this human component that fascinates me most about architecture—its capacity to shape human behavior and interaction within built environments.”