Sheila Kennedy is a principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd. (KVA), an interdisciplinary design practice that explores the relationships among architecture, digital technology, and emerging public needs. Recent projects at KVA include the IBA-Hamburg Soft House in Germany, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Harvard University’s Department of Film and Video, and the East River Public Ferry Terminal at 34th Street in Manhattan.
The work of KVA has been recognized by National Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Progressive Architecture Awards (P/A Awards), Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), the Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, the Green Council’s National Building Innovation Award, and the Public Work Award of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Kennedy directs MATx, KVA’s material research division, which works collaboratively with industry leaders, cultural institutions, and public agencies to realize designs that advance the use of sustainable digital technologies. MATx has developed designs and technology applications for Dupont, Siemens, Osram, Herman Miller, Saint-Gobain, BASF, Proctor & Gamble, The North Face, and the United States Department of Energy.
The MATx Portable Light Project, a nonprofit global initiative to create energy-harvesting textiles in the developing world, has been recognized with a 2009 Congressional Award, a 2009 Energy Globe Award, and a 2008 Tech Museum Award for technology that benefits humanity.
The work of KVA MATx has been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the TED conference in California, and was featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition on breakthrough designs for new technologies, Design & the Elastic Mind, in New York.
Kennedy’s work has been featured in journals of architecture, design culture, anthropology, and optoelectronics as well as National Public Radio, BBC World News, CBS News, Discovery Channel’s “Powering the Future: The Energy Revolution,” CNN’s Principal Voices, Wired, Science News, Elle, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and the New York Times.