Melissa L. Clarke, AIA, Director
Melissa attended RPI, graduating with Bachelor of Building Science and Bachelor of Architecture degrees. Licensed since 2008, her career began as an intern with local firms specializing in K-12 design and construction, progressed into higher education, and then changed focus to multi-family housing, creating the spaces in which we live.
Throughout her career, Melissa has been especially drawn to the project management aspect of being an architect, thriving on the client interaction and management and orchestration of the team and administrative materials that are so vital to executing a project. Having held positions at some of the area’s most prominent architectural firms, Melissa crossed over to the world of real estate development and construction management when she joined the construction management team at The Rosenblum Companies (one of her all-time favorite clients) in 2018. She currently holds the position of Construction Project Manager, also actively participating in new development projects, including solicitation of the design team, as well as providing interior design on many projects.
Melissa has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for AIA ENY since 2011, having held the offices of Secretary (two terms), VP of Programs, President Elect, President, and Past President prior to joining the Board of Directors. In addition to the offices held, Melissa has been an active participant in the annual design awards, having chaired the event for several years. Her personal priority in taking a leadership position with AIA ENY has been promoting the profession to the public, as well as working to connect the different facets of the industry to create a more cohesive design and construction network in the Capital District.