Keith HempelFAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Design Director, Commercial

Irvine, California

Keith Hempel specializes in the design of buildings with a sustainable focus. Throughout his 20-year career, he has contributed to numerous award-winning and LEED certified projects, championing strategic and sustainable design practices to improve the lives of the end users and the project’s response to the environment.

Keith leads an integrated, client-centered design process. As Design Director, he works with developer and workplace clients to create sustainably focused designs that balance the practical and poetic. He is known for his collaborative approach and thoughtful engagement with the team and client throughout a project’s entirety.

He particularly enjoys adaptive reuse and renovation work. To Keith, the re-imagining of an outdated building is environmentally responsible, brings value to the building owner and positively impacts the surrounding community.

Keith is responsible for the refinement of design concepts and ideas from a project’s initial phases through construction documents. His involvement includes envisioning, development of design concepts, design leadership with clients and project teams, design presentations and reinforcing original design intent throughout the documentation of the project. He brings valuable experience related to building performance and the potential effectiveness of design strategies and goals.

Keith graduated from Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Environmental Design with a Bachelor of Architecture. He is a member of the AIA and USGBC and is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in building design and construction.