Senior Research & Communications Designer

Melanie joined Hickok Cole Architects in 2016 as a graphic designer to help build a strong research presence and strengthen communications. She has been working as a graphic designer for over 10 years, 6 of which have been in the field of architecture at both non-profits and large firms. She has a background in print and digital design and enjoys working in both. From designing books and to creating custom infographics, she loves the challenge of bringing complex stories to life.

In addition to graphic design she’s passionate about finding sustainable design solutions to today’s problems and is a member of the Sustainability Committee. This is an extension of a lifelong pursuit; she completed her master’s thesis on the principles and applications of Bio mimicry at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Previously she studied photography and printmaking as an undergrad at the University of California, Santa Cruz (yup, banana slugs).

In addition to designing she loves to be outdoors, hiking, kayaking, camping and learning from natural organisms and ecosystems. When not at her desk designing she can usually be found sitting by the Potomac, watching urban wildlife at play. She’s also hoping to become more involved with DC’s chapter of the Open Architecture Collaborative.