She is a partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects. She is the design lead for many of the firm’s most complex academic and institutional projects and directs the Research Department. Building upon her education, that included an intensive study of classical architecture and a subsequent immersion into contemporary design, her work synthesizes tradition and invention, reinforcing the many visual, social, environmental, and cultural influences that give places identity and meaning. Melissa served as design lead for two new residential colleges at Yale University and is currently working on the restoration and adaptive reuse of the Schwarzman Center at Yale, a historic Carrère & Hastings building that will be transformed into a social hub for the university’s students; and the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art, the anchor for the University of Notre Dame’s new arts district. Melissa is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She is a member of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize and the Rafael Manzano Martos Prize juries. In Spring 2021, she will serve as the Robert A.M. Stern Visiting Professor of Classical Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture.
She is the research manager at Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA). She was co-editor of The New Residential Colleges at Yale: A Conversation Across Time (Monacelli Press, 2018), a monograph about the design and construction of Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray Colleges, and editor of Tradition and Invention: RAMSA Travel Fellowship 2013–17 (Robert A.M. Stern Architects, 2018), a book documenting the first five years of the student award. Recently, Arianne led the development of RAMSA Storyboard, a new page on RAMSA’s website that presents the firm’s research-based design process and office culture through short stories.