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MELISA BETTS

DESIGNER

Master of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis
Master of Urban Design, Washington University in St. Louis
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies-Interior Design, University of Missouri

“At SPACE, I feel encouraged to explore outside of the typical design world. Not only do I get to design amazing spaces in St. Louis that are utilized and admired by St. Louis residents, but I also feel the freedom to engage with and nurture community relationships, which is often overlooked by design firms in the area.”

As a St. Louis native, Melisa knew she wanted to be an architect since drawing “sections” at age 5. Her undergraduate studies of Interior Design at the University of Missouri and her Graduate studies of Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University have allowed her to travel to 6 countries and live in 2 while studying the “architecture of division”, global architecture and equity through design. Through it all, she calls St. Louis her home base (Go Cardinals!) and is excited to see the city reach its full potential! When she’s not nerding out over architecture (which happens a lot) you could find her enjoying a glass of wine, exploring anything new and different (especially with wine) or gardening (aka trying not to kill her plants).

Favorite space in St. Louis (inside or outside): There is a little trail in Forest Park that I call Narnia, it comes with a hilarious story about how I found it.
Favorite Book: The Aesthetics of Equity by Craig L. Wilkins
Favorite local restaurant: That’s hard, there are soo many good ones! Clementine’s Creamery in
LaFayette Square is becoming an addiction.
Last Concert Attended: Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life Tour
Last Song Downloaded From iTunes: Kendrick Lamar’s Untitled Unmastered project
Favorite Sandwich: The Italian Beef from Fozzie’s. I could eat it every day, even though I hate bread.
Favorite Architect(s): SANAA but Enric Miralles’ drawings are amazing.
Confession: I’m terrified of heights but I’ve promised myself that I would never let that stop me from doing crazy thing… So far I’ve climbed Table Mountain in South Africa, jumped off (paraglided off) the top of Lion’s Head mountain in Cape Town, and stood on the top of the Sagrada Familia’s bell tower (while the bells were going off). My first day at SPACE, I stood on a 16 story rooftop on a very windy day. You would think I would be over my fear of heights by now but NOPE.