For nearly two decades, Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc. has provided full design services from the initial conceptual design through construction and administrative phases.

The firm has designed and directed a wide range of projects involving the adaptive reuse of existing buildings, historic preservation and revitalization of significant structures. The firm’s notable body of work has received numerous awards.

Each project and client is unique and our design solutions are specially tailored to each particular need and design challenge.


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Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, AIA, founded her Long Beach-based firm in 1988. A graduate of the USC School of Architecture, she is a member of The American Institute of Architects; Urban Land Institute; Pasadena Heritage, as a member of the Board of Directors, Vice Chair of Advocacy and a Heritage Associate, and a lifetime member of the USC Architectural Guild.  

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 is currently developing a permanent website devoted to the conservation that will, when launched, share the story in greater detail. For general information, visit

The Conservation project has been recognized by the Los Angeles Conservancy and the California Preservation Foundation; the American Institute of Architects California Council selected Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc. to receive a special honor for its work on the Gamble House Conservation Project.

Kelly has enjoyed the privilege of working 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.

Our Team

Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, AIA, serves as principal-in-charge/project architect and provides personal attention to every project and all design work produced by the company. She oversees and manages work produced by her staff and consultants.  In her working style as a “hands-on architect,” she believes that no detail is too small to be overlooked.

The firm comprises a diverse and specialized team of talented professionals, including architects, interior designers, production staff members and administrative support personnel who assist Ms. McLeod with project management, design development and technical production services.

Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc. is a California Corporation and a woman-owned business.

Design Process

Our distinctive design process begins with the belief that understanding our client’s unique needs and objectives ensures a strong project with optimum results.

Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc. creates a collaborative environment for all our clients by bringing together knowledgeable teams of professionals to provide innovative architectural solutions for even the most complex design challenges.

Clients are invited to participate as an integral part of the critical decision-making process. This ensures a shared vision, with specific goals and clearly defined project parameters.

Every project benefits from essential planning stages focused on information gathering and research, resulting in an informed conceptual design. This dynamic process includes vital interaction with our clients every step of the way.

For nearly two decades, the firm has earned a strong reputation for excellence in planning, preservation, restoration and design of community and residential projects.

Our Location

Edward Killingsworth Office Building, 3827 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, CA | map
Designated City Historic Landmark

Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc. is headquartered in an iconic International Style building designed in 1955 by noted architect Edward Killingsworth, FAIA, in Long Beach, California.

The interior of the building features eleven foot ceiling heights, walls of glass, and free-flowing space with a large exterior reflection pool embellishing Killingsworth’s innovative architectural style. The building won one of the coveted Honor Awards in the National American Institute of Architects (AIA) Architectural Competition and has been featured in many architectural journals throughout the world. Currently under consideration for National Register status, plans are underway for the restoration of the building.

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Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc. is an award-winning firm with a commitment to architectural integrity and innovative design.

Combining an intrinsic architectural design aesthetic for the preservation and restoration of historically significant buildings with design innovation for residential, light commercial, civic, urban planning and interior projects for public and private clientele, Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc. has earned a reputation for excellence.

Established in 1988, and headquartered in an historic landmark building in Long Beach, California, the company is founded on the design principles developed over the past 20 years by Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, AIA.


Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc.
3827 Long Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90807 | map
TEL 562.427.6697
FAX 562.427.0527

Long Beach, California · TEL 562.427.6697

Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc.