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
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.