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Melanie Fessel

She is an architect, urban designer and Director at Terreform ONE. Melanie was an associate
with the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. Her process focuses on the synergy of
design, urban studies, and ecological science. Melanie’s investigations are based on
assessing the opportunities as the crucial theoretical basis for developing a socio-ecological
framework.

She received her post-professional degree Master of Architecture II from The Cooper Union for
the Advancement of Science and Art with a focus on the history, theory, and criticism of
architecture and urban studies. Prior to Cooper Union, Melanie earned her Diploma in
Architecture and Engineering from Berlin University of Technology, Germany after attending the
Escuela Superior de Architectura, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.
Melanie was awarded the Socrates Erasmus grant from The European Commission,
Directorate-General for Education and Culture, which allowed her to continue her studies on
ecological urbanism abroad. She was trained and worked as an architect and urban designer
in Spain, Switzerland, and New York City, with a focus on municipal buildings and
masterplanning. Her work has been widely published in journals such as Bauwelt and Detail
Magazine (DE), Die Presse (AT), Architects Newspaper, Metropolis Magazine, and Topos 73
(US) and books such as Badlands New Horizons in Landscape, MIT Press, 2008. Melanie's
work has been exhibited at Houghton Gallery, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of
Science and Art, New York (NY), First International Tallinn Architecture Biennale (EE), Exhibition
Center Heiligenkreuzer Hof, University for Applied Arts, Vienna (AT), The Imagniarium,
Uferhallen, Berlin (DE), DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Prague (CZ), MassMOCA, North
Adams (MA), and the Eric Arthur Gallery, University of Toronto (CA). In addition, Melanie has
been serving as an invited juror at institutions such as Cooper Union and has been lecturing
and teaching workshops at ONE Lab Summer School in Brooklyn (NY) and the Darmstaedter
Architektur Sommer Rhein-Main, University of Darmstadt (DE).

Melanie initiated ONE (Open Network Ecology) Odyssey, an interdisciplinary research
enterprise based on philanthropic design principles, to integrate ecological issues into the
urban environment. Ecology in design is not only a philosophy that inspires visions of
sustainability and social justice, but also a focused scientific endeavor. Since creating ONE
Odyssey, Melanie has been increasingly commited to implementing her philosophy through
this network.

www.oneodyssey.org
cell: (917) 620-3720
e-mail: fessel@terreform.org
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