Melissa Currie

The University of Alabama
Adjunct Instructor

Biography

Melissa Currie is a licensed landscape architect in the states of Virginia and Alabama, CLARB certified, and an accredited professional of the Congress of New Urbanism.  She has extensive educational and professional experience in the land planning, landscape architecture, and civil engineering fields.  Prior to coming to UNC Charlotte for doctoral studies in geography and urban regional analysis, she was an assistant professor of landscape architecture at Texas Tech University, teaching studios in urban design, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and regional planning.

Education

Doctorate in geography and urban regional analysis, UNC Charlotte; master of landscape architecture, concentration in urban design, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; bachelor of science in landscape architecture, magna cum laude, concentration in sustainable development; Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; associate degree, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, Fla.

Expertise

Melissa’s research interests include regional planning and how regions can transform themselves into a more sustainable model in which they are empowered to reverse decline and embrace the future; how communities can be rebuilt following disaster or collapse; and how the design of the built environment impacts mental and physical health.

Articles

  • plancharlotte.org
    Feb 28, 2013
    The historic Duke Mansion was nearly lost once to fire and later to plans to convert it to condominiums. Its historic landscape is just as vulnerable. But some outstanding efforts are preserving its tree-studded setting. (Image: Bing Maps)
  • plancharlotte.org
    Feb 28, 2013
    Huntersville Town Hall was the setting for Wednesday afternoon’s public information meeting about HOT (High Occupancy Toll) lanes proposed on I-77. HOT lanes are a red-hot topic, and citizens were vocal about their concerns. Is the region ready to accept pay-as-you-go highways? (Photo: Melissa Currie)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 28, 2013
    Huntersville Town Hall was the setting for Wednesday afternoon’s public information meeting about HOT (High Occupancy Toll) lanes proposed on I-77. HOT lanes are a red-hot topic, and citizens were vocal about their concerns. Is the region ready to accept pay-as-you-go highways? (Photo: Melissa Currie)
  • plancharlotte.org
    Feb 20, 2013
    Defining environmental art is about as difficult as defining art itself. It’s a catch-all term encompassing different types of art-environment fusion. Writer Melissa Currie tries to sort out the different types of art that, together, make up environmental art in this article.  ...
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 20, 2013
    Defining environmental art is about as difficult as defining art itself. It’s a catch-all term encompassing different types of art-environment fusion. Writer Melissa Currie tries to sort out the different types of art that, together, make up environmental art in this article.  ...
  • plancharlotte.org
    Feb 18, 2013
    Brightwalk is unique among Charlotte’s new developments, and not just for its size and location –1,000 homes on 98 acres 2 miles from uptown. What also sets Brightwalk apart is that it will make environmental art a central part of the neighborhood. (Don’t know what environmental art is? We have an article and photos that explain it.)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 18, 2013
    Brightwalk is unique among Charlotte’s new developments, and not just for its size and location –1,000 homes on 98 acres 2 miles from uptown. What also sets Brightwalk apart is that it will make environmental art a central part of the neighborhood. (Don’t know what environmental art is? We have an article and photos that explain it.)
  • plancharlotte.org
    Feb 18, 2013
    Defining environmental art is about as difficult as defining art itself. The term encompasses different types of art-environment fusion. Writer Melissa Currie sorts it all out.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 18, 2013
    Defining environmental art is about as difficult as defining art itself. The term encompasses different types of art-environment fusion. Writer Melissa Currie sorts it all out.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Feb 04, 2013
    New single-family residential building permits in Mecklenburg County have been on a roller coaster ride since 2003. But preliminary numbers show a promising upswing heading into 2013. Using U.S. Census Bureau data1 to examine the previous decade's trends tracking back to 2003, what can we expect for new construction as we move forward in 2013?