Melanie Kaba

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As cofounder of r a n g e collaborative, Melanie and her colleagues map and mine existing territories and environments to develop flexible infrastructures and built systems that reciprocate with surrounding ecologies and anticipate the inevitability of change. Following the thinking-through-making paradigm, her work investigates shifts that occur within multi-scalar and multi-territorial spaces as well as reactive forces in extreme environments.

Through a grant from the Architectural League of New York, Melanie is currently focusing on, 'Anticipating, Negotiating, Conditioning: Tidal [Infra]Structures of Patagonia,' a design research project which looks at how infrastructure responds to intense tide and wind patterns from the materially local scale out to the read of the long zoom.

Born in the Great Plains and spending much time in the American Desert, Melanie is drawn to meandering horizon lines and feels at home in landscapes that drift, where there are no trees in sight.
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Melanie earned her bachelor's degree in Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University and her Master's degree in Architecture as well as a duel degree in Design Research from the University of Michigan. Among other design awards her thesis, 'Everything Nothing; Into a Simultaneity of the Radically Disparate', was given a Thesis Prize and displayed in the M.A.T. 2008 Exhibition as well as published in Dimensions 22. She has worked for design practices worldwide that are committed to architecture as a means of cultural production, including M1/DTW in Detroit and DADA in Beijing. Having previously taught at the Museum of Modern Art and University of Michigan, she teaches design as it relates to issues of representation and theory. Melanie currently teaches in the undergraduate programs at CCA and UC Berkeley.

Adjunct Professor, Architecture
Adjunct Professor, Interior Design

BA, Cornell University; MArch, University of Michigan, Taubman School of Architecture