Melissa Erikson (PLA, ASLA, BFQP) is an accomplished landscape architect and designer who grew up finger-tracing land contours on National Geographic maps, and is now shaping them in the public realm for people of all ages and abilities. Her work encompasses a diverse range of outdoor spaces from parks and plazas to trails and streets—with the common purpose of connecting people to nature and fostering positive associations to story, memory, and place. A collaborative problem-solver, Melissa finds inspiration in bringing together multiple disciplines and perspectives to create designs that respond to the physical, environmental, and cultural characteristics of a site. With her creativity and attention to detail, she listens thoughtfully and makes the appropriate connections between people and ideas to arrive at consensus-based solutions. She focuses her passion and enthusiasm toward developing sustainable public landscapes that engage the senses, promote interaction, and give voice to each community’s story.
Melissa is Director of Community Design Services and coordinates the landscape architecture practice throughout the firm.