Melissa is passionate about creating innovative public buildings where communities come together, and is a believer in the power of architecture and design as a catalyst for positive change in the world. As a Principal, she enjoys working closely with clients to find creative solutions to their unique design challenges. Her focus has been designing recreation facilities and arts and culture projects, including the award-winning Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey, BC. She is also experienced with long-range vision plans, including Granville Island 2040 and the Vancouver Aquatic Strategy. Melissa also plays a key role in managing and developing the cross-disciplinary aspects of HCMA Architecture +Design, including communication design and community and stakeholder engagement to augment our architecture and to enhance our reach and impact. She believes that true collaboration and cross-disciplinary design has the power to improve creative outcomes across all project types and scales. The influence of this work can be seen in her Clayton Community Hub project, which includes the #ConnectingClayton engagement strategy. In 2014, Melissa co-taught the Social Sustainability in Practice course at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), and for the past two years taught an architectural design studio at SALA. She is a past member of AIBC’s Diverse Membership Group and the City of Surrey’s Advisory Design Panel, and a current member of the Policy Advisory Council for the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA). Melissa loves being an architect because of the opportunities it provides to innovate, be curious, and give back to her community.