Philip J. Kinsella ’58
Partner, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates LLC
School of Architecture
Following Philip Kinsella’s graduation from University of Detroit in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering, he began his architectural internship with Eero Saarinen and Associates Architects, the predecessor firm to Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates LLC (KRJDA). Kinsella received his initial Architectural License in 1965 in Connecticut and is currently a registered architect in thirteen states and the District of Columbia.
He has practiced architecture with KRJDA since 1966 and became a managing partner of the firm in 1982. He provides leadership for the firm in securing and managing projects, and he is highly regarded for his astute allocation of human and financial resources throughout the multiple phases of each build. His resumé includes numerous multi-building and mixed-use projects throughout the United States and abroad.
Collaborating closely with Kevin Roche during the development of design concepts, Kinsella has overseen and coordinated design development and
execution for many of his firm’s projects as project architect, partner in charge and managing principal. In his 50 years of experience in design development and construction of major projects, he has successfully completed nearly 2.5 million square feet of museums, visual arts and cultural facilities as well as over 14 million square feet of office and multi-use buildings, including adaptive reuse and historical restoration.
Kinsella provides his expertise and insight to such professional organizations as the American Institute of Architects, Connecticut Chapter; the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certification; the Building Officials Congress of America; the International Code Council; and the Construction Specification Institute. He is an emeritus member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for UDM’s School of Architecture.
Kinsella and his wife, Charlotte, live in North Haven, Conn.
Below is an excerpt from Philip Kinsella’s remarks upon accepting his award at the Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards, April 11, 2014. View a video of his remarks and those of the other awardees.
“I am delighted to be among the inaugural group of special alumni receiving the University of Detroit Mercy’s Alumni Achievement Award this evening.
This is a very special occasion for us all, and I am a proud alumnus and grateful for this honor.
Development of our students, faculty and University Community has truly been remarkable over these years and is testimony to UDM principles and traditions, which we proudly support.
During my junior, pre-senior and senior years, the Cooperative Work/Study Program complemented our development, adding purpose in classroom and studio, as well as income to cover tuition. Those three-month work/study periods in engineering and architectural design were inspirational.”