Melanie Wood

Melanie Wood

Dallas, TX, US



Associate architect with over five years of experience in all phases of architectural design and construction with a background in K-12 and higher education projects; special focus on public interest design.

Proven ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team in both support and leadership roles, prioritizing work to meet simultaneous deadlines on multiple projects.

Project management experience includes coordinating work across teams, maintaining client and community relationships, and managing budgets and schedules.

Proficient in a wide range of software including AutoCAD, Architectural Desktop, Rhino, Sketchup, VRay, and the Adobe Creative Suite; basic experience in Revit.

Actively pursuing licensure through the Intern Development Program; LEED Green Associate.


bcWORKSHOP, Dallas, TX, US, Community Design and Development Fellow

Designed and led a community-engaged design process for facilities for the Lincoln High School Entrepreneurial Culinary Arts Program, creating a conceptual design and renderings to support fundraising efforts. Facilitated a group of students, faculty, school district representatives, and community members over the course of five workshops to create an identity for the program.

Managed the Neighborhood Stories project, a series of exhibitions on the history of six Dallas neighborhoods funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Led a team of eight designers, developed relationships with community leaders, curated exhibit content, managed budget and schedule.

Collaborated with the Executive Director to raise over $350,000 in funding from private foundations and government.

Apr 2011 - current

Schmidt Associates, Indianapolis, IN, US, Graduate Architect

Managed the production of construction documents for the exterior building envelope of Decatur Central High School, creating a detailed building model to generate elevations, details, and cost estimates; involved in all aspects of the building envelope throughout design and construction including writing specifications and reviewing submittals and shop drawings.

Worked closely with project manager to develop design and documentation for classroom addition to Abe Lincoln Elementary School, including engineering coordination, building code analysis, and client presentations.

Produced renderings and construction documents for the Indiana State University Bayh College of Education, performed archival research and on-site assessment to uncover original features of building.

Apr 2004 - Aug 2007

J. W. McQuiston Architecture + Interior Design, Indianapolis, IN, US, Architectural Intern

Provided support throughout design and construction for high-end residential and religious projects.

May 2001 - Aug 2001


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Architecture

Master of Architecture with High Distinction
American Association of University Women Science and Technology Fellow, 2009 - 2010
University of Michigan Annual Architecture Student Show, 2009 - 2010
Spring Break Internship, Estudio Teddy Cruz, San Diego, California, 2009
Summer Studio, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2008

Sep 2007 - May 2010

Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Cum Laude
Denmark’s International Study Program, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2002

Aug 1999 - May 2003

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