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Melody Stein

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Melody Stein is a landscape architect and the founder of studio VISIT: a creative practice for land-based research, strategy, and design. Melody believes that public space is a human right, that environmental justice is foundational, and that intentional and ongoing community involvement is essential to the design process. As an interdisciplinary agency, studio VISIT works alongside public and private partners to develop and implement environmental and landscape projects across scales.

Before starting studio VISIT, Melody worked at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) on large-scale public space projects around the country. She is currently a Forefront Fellow at Urban Design Forum and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Pratt Institute. She views teaching and academic work as a laboratory for exploring and critiquing current modes of landscape architectural practice and their social, political, and environmental impacts and implications. Her courses are focused on developing the technical and critical skills that empower students to enter the industry as leaders and change-makers. Melody’s writing and research has been published in the Architect’s Newspaper, Urban Omnibus, and Places Journal.

Melody holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (2019), and a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Cornell University (2016). She is a licensed Landscape Architect in the State of Connecticut.

MLA, Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design