Building Hope with Environmental Justice
M. Arch 2021
M. Arch 2021
Melonee is an architectural designer with a passion for empathetic design. She believes that successful places are built with a strong sense of the needs and desires of both their inhabitants and their environment. After winning the 2020 Ayers Saint Gross internship-scholarship, Melonee was able to hone her engagement skills as a designer for the Harlem Park Master Plan. The work ignited a passion for the neighborhood and residents: a passion that shaped her thesis, Strong Foundations. She has since joined Ayers Saint Gross’s Baltimore office, co-chairs the AIA Baltimore FAR/Kids in Design Committee, and looks forward to a future of empowering, inclusive spaces shaped by the land and the people that will inhabit it.
Jemimah is an architectural designer with Perkins Eastman in Washington D.C., on the project team for Art Place at Fort Totten, a commercial and cultural development located in Ward 5 along South Dakota Avenue. The non-profit Cafritz Foundation is a partner in the original master plan to support arts programs and engagement with local community groups. She earned a B.S. Arch and M. Arch from Kwame Nkrumah' University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana prior to coming to Maryland. She is the recipient of the David M. Schwarz Scholarship, Internship and Traveling Fellowship. Her master's thesis won the May 2021 Thesis Prize from University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation.