Ashley Scott Kelly

Ashley Scott Kelly

Ashley Scott Kelly

My work focuses on scenario-building and filling knowledge gaps for environmental conservation and sustainable development, especially in regions that lack adequate knowledge or transparency in development information and spatial data. I apply landscape and architecture design methods to land change and landscape ecology, with wide expertise on the manipulation of geospatial data for the study, advocacy, design and delivery of projects in ecologically complex and contested landscapes. Recent works include design guidelines for tropical road infrastructure, corridor modelling for wildlife crossing design, and a Development and Conservation Awareness Map for southern Myanmar and Hong Kong. Key professional works range widely in scale, from new town planning to the winning entry for New York City’s 46,000-acre Gateway National Park. I offer studio and lecture courses on regional landscape planning, landscape media, and GIS and research-based seminars on environmental conservation, modernization and rural development in Hong Kong, China, South and Southeast Asia (Myanmar, Laos), and Latin America. I have coordinated the thesis in landscape architecture at The University of Hong Kong for four years.

In these efforts, I've led students on international field research to the Western Amazon, Nepal, Laos, and Myanmar. Recent exhibits include work on the Western Amazon at the Buenos Aires Architecture Bienal and on climate change in the Pearl River Delta at the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Biennale. These works bridge important disciplinary and scalar gaps, connecting design, mathematics, geography and anthropology through tangible narratives and media that offer wide-reaching practical and pedagogical implications.

I have advanced fluency in data analysis, visualization and spatial modeling, including web development, databases and data-mining, and discipline-specific knowledge in geospatial and CAD automation and scripted graphics. This allow me to gather, query and manipulate diverse forms of data with specific research intentions.

Studio, Lecture and Seminar Courses

The Road to Dawei: Planning sustainable transport infrastructure and wildlife connectivity in southern Myanmar

Critical Linkages Handbook: Identification guidelines for sites of variable data and team capacities

  • Kelly, A. S. (2018). Critical Linkages. Presented at Landscape Connectivity Workshop, hosted by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), New Delhi, India.

The South America Project: Protected Areas in the Peruvian Amazon

  • Kelly, A. S., & Pryor, M. R. (2013). Governing the road to China: Design, territory and data in the Peruvian Amazon. Landscape Architecture Frontiers, 1(6), 144-154.
  • Kelly, A. S. (2014). Design for Conservation. Delivered at Dali University, Yunnan. Hosted by Institute of Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Research.
  • Kelly, A. S., & Pryor, M. R. (2013). Design for Conservation. Exhibited in South America Project: Works in Progress at the 14th International Buenos Aires Bienal of Architecture.
  • Kelly, A. S. (2013). Governing the road to China. Paper presented at The South America Project: Projects in Process, Roundtable and Symposium, Buenos Aires.
  • Kelly, A. S. (2013). Design for conservation: Perception and narration of the ecological crisis in cases from the Peruvian Amazon. Conference Proceedings. Geodesign International Conference: Maximizing Beneficial Impacts, Beijing, China.

Automated Monitoring of Potential Wildlife Trade Cases in the Hong Kong Judiciary

  • Automated querying and notification system for detecting wildlife trade-related court cases in Hong Kong.

Development and Conservation Awareness Map (DCAM)

Hong Kong Ground: Parametric approaches to discontinuous spatial data

  • Kelly, A. S. (2014). Design at Near-regional Scales. Paper presented at SmartGeometry: Urban Compaction, Hong Kong.
  • On Proposal Review Committee and Host Committee for 11th annual SmartGeometry conference, Hong Kong (2014).
  • Kelly, A. S. (2013). Hong Kong Ground. Online interactive map:

Counterpart Cities: Climate Change and Collaborative Action in Hong Kong and Shenzhen

  • Riley, T., Solomon, J., Tang, D., Kelly, A. S., Al, S., Feng, G., … Zhang, Q. C. (2011). Counterpart Cities: Climate Change and Collaborative Action in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Exhibited in Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture and Hong Kong Central Market Gallery.

Mapping the Ecotone, Gateway National Recreation Area, New York

  • First Prize (Co-Principal entrant, with Rikako Wakabayashi), Van Alen Institute's Envisioning Gateway, International Competition, New York (2007).
  • Kelly, A. S., & Wakabayashi, R. (2013). Mapping the Ecotone. Exhibited at Airport Landscape: Urban Ecologies in the Aerial Age. Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge.
  • Kelly, A. S., & Wakabayashi, R. (2011). Mapping the Ecotone. In A. Brash, J. Hand & K. Orff (Eds.), Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press.
  • Kelly, A.S., Wakabayashi, R. (2007). Mapping the Ecotone. Landscape Architecture Journal, China 2007:6, 13-19.
  • Featured in Amidon, J. (2010). Big Nature. In L. Tilder & L. Blotstein (Eds.), Design Ecologies: Essays on the Nature of Design. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press.

Prospect on Structure, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

  • Honorable Mention (Principal entrant), Design Trust for Public Space's Reinventing Grand Army Plaza, International Competition, New York (2008).
  • Kelly, A. S. (2008). Prospect on Structure. Exhibited at Design Trust for Public Space's Reinventing Grand Army Plaza, New York.

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge

TEN Arquitectos Enrique Norten, New York, NY

  • Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Arts Center & Residential Tower, Brooklyn.
  • Rutgers Campus and Business School, New Jersey.

HOK New York, NY

  • New York Penn Station (Moynihan) Redevelopment.
  • Arverne East Mixed-use Master Plan, The Rockaways, Queens.
  • US Congressional Master Plan, Washington DC.
  • Jaipur Township Master Plan, Rajasthan, India.
  • Other projects: Me Tri District Master Plan, Hanoi; Yeshiva University open space systems study, Manhattan, New York; New Songdo Office Tower and Landscape, South Korea; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Master Plan, Saudi Arabia; Moscow Pole Development Master Plan, Moscow; Adarsh Technological Park, Bangalore; Canon Long Island Headquarters, New York.

Forum for Urban Design, New York

  • Invited membership, 2007–2011.