HOLT Continues to Strengthen Leadership with New Associates

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HOLT Architects, a leading architecture firm in Central New York, has named two new Associates: Kelly Maher, AIA and Krysta Aten-Schell, AIA, LEED BD+C, WELL AP. The Associate designation recognizes their exceptional leadership, high professional standards, and innovative design approaches that will strengthen and enhance the future of HOLT.

“Kelly and Krysta are exceptional Architects who are recognized, sought after, and appreciated by clients and colleagues…

…They are key members of their project teams and bring creative ideas, high-quality designs, and great leadership to their projects. We look forward to the positive influence that their leadership style, perspectives, and knowledge will have on future projects and on the future of our firm” states HOLT President, Paul Levesque.

Meet our new associates


Photo of architect and new associate Kelly Maher

Kelly has been a critical member of HOLT Architects since joining the firm in 2015. During her tenure, Kelly has contributed to the success of over 40 healthcare projects through her distinctive ability to manage multi-disciplinary teams, analyze and find resolutions to complex design problems, and offer innovative solutions to client needs and goals. Kelly is known as one of HOLT’s in-house Behavioral Health design specialists, and in 2018 conducted a workshop focusing on “How Design Can Improve the Patient Experience” at the Northeast Behavioral Health Conference in Syracuse.



A photo of architect and associate Krysta Aten-Schell

Constantly driven to improve, Krysta Aten-Schell, a member of the HOLT Architects team since 2018, continually looks for opportunities to learn and grow as a Healthcare Architect.  Working with healthcare institutions across New York State, Krysta brings her LEED and WELL design accreditations and affinity for innovation to each project she undertakes. She strives for excellence – not just for her clients, but also for her own career and the future of HOLT. Krysta has helped influence HOLT with new ideas and technologies, is a member of HOLT’s in-house Revit production team, and is always willing to put in the extra effort and go the extra mile to make her projects better.


Three Questions with Krysta & Kelly – click to watch!


Kelly and Krysta’s promotions add to the promotions earlier this year of Richard J. Wagner to Principal Associate and Catherine R. Blakemore to Associate.

Celebrating over 57 Years in Business, HOLT Architects – one of Central New York’s Best Places to Work – is an award-winning architecture, planning, and interior design firm employing 40 professionals throughout the region and providing socially and environmentally responsible architecture to healthcare, higher education, housing, banking, and community clientele.

If you would like to connect with Kelly or Krysta on LinkedIn click here: Kelly Maher, AIA   |  Krysta Aten-Schell, AIA, LEED BD+C, WELL AP.

For more information on HOLT, call  607-273-7600 ext 145, or visit www.holt.com