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Melissa Currie

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Ph.D. Student
1021E Colvard South

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
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Phone: 704 687-1211


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.


2015 expected, 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.


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.


Jul 30, 2013
Development patterns along Charlotte's Blue Line, which opened in November 2007, show a mixed bag of more low-density neighborhoods than planners recommend, but still a blend of homes, workplaces and stores. That means the corridor is brimming with...
Jul 10, 2013
In half the region’s 14 counties, more than 20 percent of the homes were built between 1990 and 1999 alone. Cabarrus, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Union, Lancaster and York counties also continued that 20-percent-plus growth rate into the 2000s. The survey...
Jun 24, 2013
It’s that time of year again – for changing skies and summer storms. A little more than a year ago, early on March 3, 2012, an unannounced tornado blew through parts of Harrisburg and eastern Mecklenburg County. The twister injured four...
Apr 09, 2013
Charlotte ranks near the bottom in a recent study of access to jobs via automobiles in the top 51 U.S. metro areas. Raleigh ranks even lower. The study, Access Across America, by David Levinson, the R.P. Braun/CTS Chair in Transportation Engineering...
Mar 19, 2013
“Art is awesome, poverty is not.” – The Urban Ministry Center In conjunction with the opening of the photographic exhibit, Favelas: Architecture of Survival, the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture will hold a reception...
Feb 28, 2013
If trees could talk, what stories they’d tell. They’ve been silent witness to children shinnying up their branches and young lovers picnicking beneath their shade. They endure, watching over us from cradle to grave, and beyond. ...
Feb 28, 2013
HOT (High Occupancy Toll) lanes proposed on I-77 are a red-hot topic, and residents were vocal about their concerns Wednesday at a public information meeting at Huntersville Town Hall. Jim Trogdon, chief financial officer for the N.C. Department of...
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...
Feb 18, 2013
Brightwalk is unique among Charlotte’s new developments. Part of that is size and location. It’s on 98 acres of redeveloped infill property along Statesville Avenue, about 2 miles from uptown. It will offer more than 1,000 single-family...