Melissa Potter Ix,
Melissa has over thirty years of experience as an award-winning designer of community based urban open space initiatives which champion environmental education. During the course of her career, she has been involved in the design of a diverse spectrum of projects ranging from large-scale public parks, commercial revitalization efforts, streetscapes and transportation interchanges. The fundamental basis of her design strategy is to understand the ecology of a site and maximize its potential opportunities while minimizing its constraints.
Of particular interest to Melissa is the pursuit of dynamic and sustainable designs as a collaborative effort, using a participatory design process which enables communities to actively participate in the design of their communities. Melissa’s creative place making skills have earned her the position of Principal-in-charge of the Trust for Public Land’s New York City Playgrounds Program in collaboration with the New York City School Construction Authority and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. This collaboration received a New York Chapter ASLA Honor Award in 2019 for their work on The Art of Collaboration: Bringing Landscape Architecture into the Classroom. In 2016 Melissa was honored by NYASLA with its President’s Award for Inspiring the Next Generation. Her work at P.S. 261 School and Community Playground received the 2014 New York Municipal society’s Masterworks’ Award for the “Best Green Design Initiative” and serves as a model for sustainable playgrounds in urban environments.
Award winning master planning efforts in which Melissa was the principal designer include Fishers Island Recreational Path, Fishers Island, NY, Marine Park, Brooklyn, NY, Johnson Oak Park Bridgeport, CT and Southpoint Park on Roosevelt Island.
Melissa is also a ISA Certified Arborist who actively protects urban trees and promotes the greening of our cities.