Alexis Donnelly

Alexis Donnelly, M. Arch.


Alexis is proud to call Buffalo her lifelong home. She has an eclectic background that has fostered her passion for accessibility, diversity, and inclusion. As a high school and collegiate athlete, and coach, Alexis has experienced first-hand the challenges faced by those with unique needs. Her decade of experience working alongside children with autism, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, and her volunteer work with the Special Olympics, has motivated her to impact the field of Inclusive Design.

Alexis’s path to architecture began at an early age, where she could be found creating 3-dimensional homes inside of her parents’ shoe boxes. Alexis has worked at the IDEA Center since 2017, first as a research assistant as she pursued her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University at Buffalo. Her love for travel combined with her educational background has awarded her the opportunity to present at national conferences on the topic of how to improve the airport experience through inclusive design.

In her spare time, Alexis can be found tapping into her creativity “DIY-ing” or being outdoors with her husband Mitchell and Goldendoodle, Champ. Alexis also enjoys spending time with her family, often marveling at the inclusive design implementation showcased at Walt Disney World.

Email | Phone: 716-829-5921