Kelly Nelson Doran is a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He teaches graduate studios and research seminars that investigate territorial resource development and related landscape infrastructures.
Professionally, Kelly is a project architect with regionalArchitects / rePlan, a multidisciplinary company comprised of architects, planners, engineers, lawyers, social scientists, and community engagement specialists providing a full range of services to natural resource companies worldwide. Currently he is engaged in resettlement, worker housing, physical and social closure projects in Ghana, Zambia, Mongolia, Turkey, Panama and Canada.
Kelly’s design research is focused on the potential effects of the (re)ordering, (re)construction and (re)configuration of active extraction processes. Past research has explored the reclamation and remediation of the Massachusetts’s Military Reserve, The Great Lakes’ limestone industry and the Alberta Oil Sands, through the use of digital representation, parameterization, and fabrication as tools in the critical assessment and recalibration of extraction urbanism. Portions of this design research have been published, exhibited and presented internationally, most notably at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the MAAXI, the Venice Biennale, the Princeton Architectural Press and Volume. He earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design at the University of Manitoba, a Masters of Architecture at the University of Toronto and is the recipient of several awards, notably the Canada Council for the Art’s Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners (2008).