Melissa A. Currie, PhD, RLA
Office: CASNR Annex 125
PhD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Geography and Urban Regional Analysis
MLA, Cornell University: Concentration in Urban Design
BSLA, Cornell University (Magna cum Laude): Concentration in Sustainable Development
Dr. Melissa 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 recent work has been published in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Housing and Society, Journal of Urban Design, Community Development Journal, and Action Research. She has presented her research at many major conferences for prominent organizations such as the APA, CELA, ACSP, and the Urban Affairs Association.
Prior to rejoining the Tech faculty, Dr. 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 a doctoral degree in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Dr. Currie worked in the civil engineering field for many years, building expertise in site design, master planning, low impact development, and New Urbanist design 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.
Dr. 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.