Melanie Short, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, APT-RP

Architect / Senior Associate

Melanie joined BVH in July of 2020.  She grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota where her Mom was a college professor, meaning she pretty much grew up on a higher ed campus. She attended Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa for undergrad and got a degree in Art History. After that, it was on to the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee for Graduate School where she received an MArch and a certificate in Historic Preservation. Melanie moved to Denver right after graduation and has been there ever since!

Melanie has always had an interest in the built environment, in history, and in sustainable design. During her career, she has been fortunate to work primarily on community oriented architecture—schools, churches, unique historic structures, and civic buildings. She holds the belief that architects have the responsibility to create important community spaces as well as preserve the history of their communities. Excellent architecture and urban design are critical to create a true sense of place.

Melanie is a mom to 8 year-old boy/girl twins who keep her busy and honest. Her husband is also an architect so the kids have very little chance of being cool. As a family, they love to travel, garden, hike, cook, and keep active in their beautiful state of Colorado. Melanie has always had the good fortune to work and study in multiple countries including Greece, Northern Ireland, Japan and the Ukraine.

What is your favorite place you have visited?

What is your area of interest or research?
Sustainable Preservation.

What is your favorite building or who is your favorite architect and why?
Tadao Ando for his use of materials, light, and context in his work.

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