Austin Kelly
January 29, 1966 - April 12, 2015 George Lafayette Austin Kelly III, known as Austin, passed away on April 12, 2015, in Los Angeles, California after a brief illness. The cause of death was cancer. He was 49 years old. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Austin Kelly was a graduate of the Taft School and Williams College, and received his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University. After working for several years in the design offices of Frank Israel, Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss, and DMJM/Keating, he and his design partner Monika Haefelfinger founded their firm, XTEN Architecture in 2000. In its fifteen years under Austin's and Monika's direction, XTEN Architecture has become known for buildings of striking beauty, deeply integrated into their natural setting, that have won numerous national and international awards and have been published in books and exhibited in museums around the world. Among the best known projects are the Openhouse, Madisonhouse and Nakahouse, which Architectural Record (cover, 2012) chose as one of only nine " Record Houses of the Year" selected internationally for advancing the discipline of architecture and which was included in the New Sculpturalism exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (2013). Austin is also remembered for his extraordinarily generous, kind nature and his mentorship of young architects, both within their firm and in the design studios he taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the University of Southern California. Architectural design was his life's passion, surpassed only by his love for and dedication to his wife and children. He was also a voracious reader; a lover of art, music and soccer; and a caring and loyal friend. He is survived by his wife Monika; his children, Prescott and Nita; his parents, Prescott Kelly and Judith Paine McBrien; his stepparents, Pamela Kelly and Vincent McBrien; his sister Samantha Kelly and her family and his stepbrothers, Matthew Raffety and Andrew McBrien and their families. A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, May 16th at 1PM at All Saints Church, 504 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA. In lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations may be made to: MD Anderson/Dr. Miland Javle Research in memory of Austin Kelly, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486.
Published by Los Angeles Times on Apr. 24, 2015.
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All I can say is I remember your laugh Austin and your smile, and that is everlasting.
Zelda Thomas Curti
May 17, 2015
May Austin's light continue to shine through his beautiful children, lovely family and those touched by his life.
Teresa Treviño Gacnik and Family
Teresa Gacnik
May 14, 2015
Dearest Monika,
Our love is with you in this time of grief...and always.
Our deepest sympathy.
Teresa Treviño Gacnik and Family
Teresa Gacnik
May 14, 2015
Talent is a "Rare" gift..!
Clearly, a unique ability to balance family, profession and life in such a productive life - too short!!
Alberto & Dolores Treviño + family - Laguna Beach, California
May 14, 2015
Austin was a smart, funny and self effacing gentleman scholar. I had the pleasure of working side by side with him years ago when we were young architects just starting out- A true talent and great guy. He will be missed.
Scott Hunter
May 11, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss--my thoughts are with you during this time of grief and remembering.
Patricia Pfitsch
May 9, 2015
Prescott and Pam, I was so sorry to hear about your deep loss. I can't imagine anything more difficult. Both of you, plus Austin's wife and children, are in my prayers.
Kristi Holl
May 9, 2015
My prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow.
Mary Ryan
May 9, 2015
We are stricken and heartbroken for you and your family, Judith. What an amazing and brilliant person your lovely son was. We send all our love and deepest condolences.
Sara and John Stassen
John Stassen
May 8, 2015
Our prayers are with you and all your family. Requiescat in pace.
Vijaya Bodach
May 7, 2015
With sadness in my heart for his wife and children and for his parents. I can think of no greater loss for loved ones. May memories of the goodness and wonder of his life overshadow the pain of loss.
Mary Blount Christian
May 7, 2015
I am so, so sad to hear this news of Austin. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues. Austin and I were also close friends during our high school years. I always could depend on him to be game to go to a concert or other adventure during our long summer and vacation breaks from boarding school. He was full of enthusiasm for life - friendship, culture, travel and intellectual pursuits - you name it. From what I can see Austin continued to apply this same energy and creativity to his career and "grown-up" life. We miss you Austin!
Katrina Millard
May 7, 2015
Having shared time with Austin in Watertown and Williamstown, I now wish I had taken that time to get to know him better than I did. I recall clearly that he saw people and the world through his own creative lens, and his path since records his inspiration to pursue that vision. A reminder for us. Beth and I send prayers to his family.
Adam Kimberly
May 6, 2015
I was a friend and soccer teammate of Austin's in high school (Taft), and I wanted to convey my deep sadness to hear of his passing. He was a great friend in high school, and reading about his successes in his professional and personal life, I see their remarkable alignment with the clearly stated goals he'd expressed when we were teens. He was a fun, highly intelligent, compassionate and focused young man who'd set his sights on becoming a top architect. My deepest condolences to his family.
Amani Martin
May 5, 2015
Following the shock and waves of sadness following the phone call I received with the news of Austin's passing, I've enjoyed the memory of our time together at Williams and on the rugby pitch. As I reviewed his and Monika's work at XTEN, I was warmed by the creative passion and core values evident in their work. I take comfort in the hope that his spirit and compassion will live on in his work, Monika's future projects, and the lives of their children. Love and prayers to all of you. Peace.
Nils D Christoffersen
May 3, 2015
I played rugby with Austin @ Williams. He was one of a kind, always blazing new trail. Happy trails Austin
Steve Troyer
May 2, 2015
I'm so saddened to hear of this loss. Austin was a great inspiration to me. As a coworker I will always remember his cool and composed demeanor even in moments of great stress. More than anyone, he led me to choose Yale as a place to study architecture and continued to inspire me with the great work produced by Xten. I will think of him often as I pass by the Kim Sing theatre almost daily. My deepest condolences to all those close to him.
Claude Eshaghian
May 2, 2015
Our deepest condolences at this time.
Jon and Suki Paine Pocatello, Idaho
May 2, 2015
Austin was a kind and influential member of our Architecture class at Yale. His death is a great loss. Wishing you love and comfort in this difficult time.
Dana Reed
May 2, 2015
Deepest condolences to the family. Austin was an inspiration to me -- insightful, industrious, sensitive and creative. I thought of him often over the years.
Tim Geisler
May 2, 2015
As Austin's Williams classmate, I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a talented and warm man, though I feel fortunate to have shared my Williams years with him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this most difficult time.
Lisa Tenerowicz
May 1, 2015
So sad. Such a talent and what a wonderful and gracious person he was. I can only imagine what he would have accomplished, but luckily we have the built work through which his rich legacy will live on. He is missed...
Michael Stern
April 29, 2015
Austin, you and Monika provided me a great summer position so many years ago, for which I will always be thankful. Your example as a quality boss (for lack of a better word) and as a design collaborator with Monika has remained with me over the years. Thank you for helping set my path as a professional.
Travis Tarr
April 29, 2015
Condolences to Austin's family and friends.
Ryan Hines
April 29, 2015
Incredible loss, Austin, you will be very missed. I regret not spending more time together, it always was an enrichment to be in your presence.
Don Dimster
April 29, 2015
Austin was a great friend and teammate at Williams. I enjoyed wonderful times with him in Williamstown, Greece and New Orleans among other spots. I will always remember him as a kind and thoughtful friend who went out of his way to befriend others. It is no surprise he became such an accomplished architect as well as a great mentor to many. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Jack Gillis
April 28, 2015
With prayers and condolences for Austin's family. May his soul rest in peace. In a short life, he gave so much love and joy to all those who knew him. God bless, Sr. Theresa Lee (Williams'88)
April 28, 2015
What a tremendous talent, and a terrible loss. I will remember his incredible creativity & work ethic, and genuine warmth.
Annie Cordova
April 27, 2015
Austin was a pivotal figure in my Williams College experience. I've never met anyone remotely like him, as that's not even remotely possible. I'll never understand that level of creativity and genius.
Mark Huffman
April 27, 2015
Austin was tremendous fun to be around, but unlike many of us he always had a plan. Despite this terrible loss, it's good to know that his plan manifested itself in a lifelong passion for his work and love for his family. The world was a brighter and more interesting place for his presence in it.
Chris Oldham
April 27, 2015
Creative, thoughtful, courageous on the pitch. Austin always added something to a gathering. May the Lord give his family strength.
Bill Mead
April 27, 2015
As a classmate of Austin's, I have always remembered his obvious talent and kindness to those of us with a lot less of it. I pray for his family and thank God for having Austin in my life at Williams College
Mac Hines
April 27, 2015
I am so saddened to learn i won't have another chance to share in Austin's mischievous smile and see the bright twinkle in his eyes. My condolences to Austin's Family. So grateful our paths crossed at Williams.
Tal Klein
April 27, 2015
Austin always impressed me with his creativity, professionalism and sense of humor. His work will endure, a testament to the gifts he shared with us all. Our hearts go out to his family.
Esu Anahata
April 27, 2015
We knew Austin as a warm and handsome man and friend and a wonderful husband and father. It is such a devastating loss that this young, talented, contributing man and father would be taken so soon. I am so very sorry and send my love and prayers to and for Moni, Prescott, and Nita and their whole family.
Jeannie Abts
April 26, 2015
Vibrant, creative, genuine. I am stunned and saddened by this news. I will miss you and send thoughts of strength to Monika and progeny.
Bill Hilty
April 26, 2015
Heartfelt condolences to Austin's family. God Bless. J.R. Robinson (Williams '88)
April 26, 2015
I remember Austin for his dashingly mischievous smile and love of Corvairs. I admire the way he put his artistry into his work. My heart goes out to Austin's family.
Russell Werkman
April 26, 2015
Sincere condolences from an Eph classmate. My thoughts are with Austin's family during this difficult time.
Catherine Eaton Coakley
April 26, 2015
Grace, amazing energy and intelligence - your spirit was an inspiration - always!
Kristina Loock
April 25, 2015
All of us at Minotti Los Angeles are shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of such a talented man. More than his obvious talent,Austin was a kind, genuine and good person. He will be greatly missed and we are so glad to hear his vision will carry on through Monika and the X-Ten team.
Our thoughts are with you all.
Minotti Los Angeles.
April 25, 2015
We remember a wonderful man with a big heart and a great eye. Our deepest sympathies to Monika, his children and his family. With love, Maria and Kevan Jenson
Kevan Jenson
April 25, 2015
Rest in peace my friend,i will miss you
Philip Dumican
April 24, 2015
May God bless you and your entire family and may the grief in time turn into joyful memories of a wonderful human being. With much love from the Opman family.
Laurent Opman
April 24, 2015
Jerry and I are sorry we didn't get to meet this obviously beautiful man who was blessed in so many ways. Words are inadequate to express our sorrow for your loss. All our love.
Deborah Charlup
April 24, 2015
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