Melissa Currie takes post with Department of Landscape Architecture
By: Norman Martin
Melissa Currie has been named an assistant professor in Texas Tech University's Department of Landscape Architecture, according to officials with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She officially stepped into her new teaching and research post on Sept. 1.
Currie's research interests include community resiliency, foreclosure effects from the Great Recession, and the impacts of the built environment on health with implications for how communities rebuild following disaster. Her work has recently been published in the Journal of Urban Design, Community Development Journal, and Action Research.
Prior to rejoining the Tech faculty, Currie served as an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University at Albany-State University of New York; and as a lecturer in the University of Alabama-Huntsville's Political Science Department. She previously served as an assistant professor in Texas Tech's Department of Landscape Architecture department before leaving to pursue her doctoral degree in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Currie worked in the civil engineering field for many years, building expertise in site design and engineering before transitioning into a career in academics. She has been the president-owner of two design-oriented companies in Florida, and was the head of planning and a project manager at a multi-disciplinary firm in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She has applied her academic and professional experience to numerous projects, with an emphasis on master planning, zoning cases, urban design, downtown revitalization, and sustainable and low impact development.
She received her bachelor's degree in landscape architecture (Magna Cum Laude) and her master's degree with concentrations in sustainable development and urban design, respectively, from Cornell University.
Currie, a registered landscape architect in Alabama and Virginia, holds Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Board certification, is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Urban Affairs Association, National Honor Society of Geographers, Association of American Geographers, and Sigma Lambda Alpha, the honor society for landscape architecture.
Recent awards for Currie include the Joanna R. Baker Memorial Graduate Fellowship at UNC-Charlotte (2014-2015); a Graduate Assistant Support Plan Scholar at UNC-Charlotte (2012-2015); and second place winner at the American Planning Association's National Student Case Competition (2014).
CONTACT: Eric Bernard, Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-3482 or firstname.lastname@example.org