Melissa Marsh is part researcher and part innovator, a key member of the firm since joining in the summer of 2016. Melissa’s early career in workplace innovation was defined by projects in design, architecture and master planning around the world. Her past collaborations span multiple industries, from ground-breaking media and technology companies to influential financial and professional services firms. Over the years, she has advised transformative workplace projects for organizations on the forefront of leveraging the built environment to support corporate culture, employee experience and business strategy, including Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Nike and GSA.
Interested in further exploring the intersection of workplace, people and business, Melissa founded PLASTARC to enable organizations to independently advance their visions and leverage real estate through high-performance workplaces. Clients such as BOX, Informatica and the United Nations have benefited from PLASTARC’s research-based workplace insight. These capabilities are deployed to support Savills clients in the creation of environments that enhance knowledge, accelerate business and enrich the experience of employees. Her diverse team of social science and design specialists employs qualitative and quantitative research, design metrics, and real estate strategy to initiate and support a wide range of clients, including JDRF, Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA), Colonial Pipeline and SingTel.
Awards, Achievements and Activities
Melissa’s engagement with professional and research organizations is driven by a passion for knowledge sharing, diversity and advocacy. She has led programs that promote the advancement of the business of architecture through greater dialogue with other disciplines such as technology, real estate, business strategy, marketing and law. Melissa is a long-time contributor to AIANY, curating its Transforming Architectural Practice series before co-founding the chapter’s Social Science and Architecture Committee. Melissa is involved in multiple organizations dedicated to sustainable, human-centric development of the built environment, including CoreNet, IFMA, EDRA and more. She shares her practical knowledge through executive education and academic programs at institutions such as UVA, SVA and Cornell, and mentors future design professionals through MITdesignX and Barnard/Columbia Design for America.
Barnard College, Columbia University, BA, American Studies and Architecture
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Master of Architecture
- Spatial and Design Analytics
- Social Research
- Organizational Design
- Workplace Strategy