The founding director of transverse studio, Melissa Cate Christ is a registered landscape architect (Ontario, Canada) and a Research Assistant Professor of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Melissa’s design research and practice explores mechanisms of critical intervention at the juncture of landscape, culture, urbanism, and infrastructure.
Prior to teaching at PolyU, Melissa was an an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Hong Kong and a designer at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, where she was the project manager for CityCenter DC, a 10 acre mixed use development in downtown Washington DC which includes a public plaza and alley over structure, a public park, and extensive and intensive green roofs on four residential buildings. She has also worked as an urban designer at Dutoit, Allsop Hillier, and as an instructor and design critic at the University of Toronto and the University of Washington.
Melissa has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from St. John’s College.