is a design architect and associate at Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA), a multidisciplinary design firm based in Detroit. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and her Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University. Her design projects have been featured in Constellations: Constructing Urban Design Practices
and Constructing Urbanisms: Design Competitions
. Her articles on architecture, urban design theory, post industrial strategies and professional practice have been published in Topos
and The Plan
She is the co-creator and director of rogueHAA, a design and research studio based in HAA’s Detroit office. While HAA focuses on the thoughtful design and construction of buildings and landscapes, rogueHAA operates beyond the traditional practice boundaries to consider post-industrial strategies, branding, media, pop-culture, publishing and the facilitation of design discourse.
Most recently, Melissa has been working on the Detroit Works Project, a multi-disciplinary, international effort to define the future of a depopulated, post-industrial city.
MDittmer [at] hamilton-anderson.com