Melody Stein
Senior Designer
Melody is originally from Sebastopol, California, a small town north of San Francisco, where she grew up exploring rocky tidepools along the windy coast, hiking in the redwoods, and sitting in the branches of the coast live oak tree that stood in front of her house. She also witnessed changes in the regional landscape resulting from the wine industry’s shift north into Sonoma County and the transformation of the Bay Area with technology and venture capital investment. Driving past endless almond orchards and the dusty remains of former rivers in the California valleys first sparked her interest in the complex cultural and environmental impacts of food systems and the landscapes they create.

Melody received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in biology from Cornell, and a Master of Landscape Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where her co-authored thesis explored the role of wild rice as a catalyst for increased indigenous sovereignty in the St. Louis River Estuary in Duluth, Minnesota. At Harvard, she received the Jacob Weidenmann Prize and the Landscape Architecture Thesis Prize. She has interned at SWA Group in Los Angeles and Inside Outside Petra Blaisse in Amsterdam.

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