Melissa’s work focuses on strengthening human connections to quality, shared public space.
Starting her career in New Zealand, Melissa has worked on rebuild projects following the Christchurch Earthquake, designed new school developments, and she has used landscape design to facilitate and deepen the connection between indigenous people and New Zealand’s landscape.
Bringing this sensitivity to the UK, Melissa’s work at FHA focuses on using landscape design to help build communities, including a masterplan design for Maydew House Square. The challenge here was to provide quality, shared urban community space for a variety of different user groups, all with different needs.
Melissa’s passion for building community is coupled with a horticultural background; having spent almost 10 years working in nurseries, vineyards and orchards, Melissa has a talent for navigating the careful balance between human needs and environmental needs.
Melissa enjoys discovering new cultures and has travelled across the globe, spending time in South America and Canada; the newest country she getting to know is the British Culture. She also enjoys keeping active, playing netball or running and hiking.
2008-2011 | BA Landscape Architecture, Lincoln University (New Zealand)