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Andrew Keller, architect, teacher and father



Andrew Keller, architect, teacher and father

Andrew Keller of Montpelier, Vermont, known to many friends as Andy, died of a sudden heart attack on May 3, 2021 while walking his dog along local trails.

Andy was born on April 2, 1968 in Burlington, VT, to David and Natalie Keller. He grew up in Farmington Connecticut and Mendon, Vermont. Andy was an accomplished athlete who excelled in many sports. During high school he was the state tennis champion in Vermont and won the giant slalom in the eastern United States when he was 13. He played soccer in high school and Bates College and graduated with a degree in English. During and after college he studied in Japan. Andy earned two Masters degrees from the University of California at Berkley: Master of Rural and Urban Planning and Master of Architecture.

Andy brought his love of the design process to his work as an architect in various settings. He was licensed, worked with firms in Montpelier and Burlington, and then started his own company. He shared his fascination with the relationships between people, objects and places as a teacher at Vermont Tech, Green Mountain College and Prescott College, combining interdisciplinary systems thinking with an architectural approach that used design to improve human life. Most recently, he shared his skills with Watershed Construction and Renovation.

However, his greatest love was that of his two daughters Maeve and Rowan Keller, who were born in 2009. Andy was a warm, empathetic, and goofy dad known for his quirky conversation starters, willingness to be the loser in snowball fights, affectionate nicknames for favorite people, and his joy in seeing his kids lovingly beat him up. He was happiest with Rowan and Maeve exploring their interests, watching Avatar with them, doing soccer practice, experimenting with design projects, or going outside with them to swim, ski, go for a walk, or flow tubes to drive.

Andy’s dedication to his children led him to coach soccer for the Montpelier Recreation soccer team, where many aspiring soccer players benefited from his guidance and encouragement.
Andy also hiked the Appalachian Trail as a young man, deeply cherished art, felt just as comfortable in the middle of New York City as he was in the Vermont woods, made fabulous creative pizza, and could engage anyone in conversation. Most of all, he and his kids loved their cute and enthusiastic Australian Shepherd Dog Obi very much.

Andy left this world way too soon. He will be greatly missed by his children Maeve Keller and Rowan Keller, their mother Sarah Erb, his parents Natalie and David Keller, his brother Kurt Keller, his extended family and his good friends. If so moved, instead of sending flowers, donate to Montpelier Parks for the Benefit of Hubbard Park and mail them to: Montpelier Parks, 39 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602-2950

Andy’s two daughters, Maeve and Rowan, love him.

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