Melanie Anderson

Associate / Project Architect

Melanie Anderson has joined us as a project architect. She brings twelve years of design experience to the firm, focusing primarily on college residence hall and multi-family projects, plus a deep commitment to restorative design and volunteer work.

Having passed her LEED exam, Melanie wants to do more multi-family and community space projects. As she notes about her new home, “I saw the opportunity here and loved the vibe and the work ethic. The people at Johnston Design are laid-back, but forward-thinking in their commitment to restorative design and making our community better.”

When she’s not working, Melanie spends some of her time leading an all-women’s trail running group and doing therapy dog work with her husband. “I just wanted to give back,” she notes. “Women aren’t as outspoken and often don’t have the support they need, so running trails with these women helps inspire them to lead their best lives.”

Melanie and her husband, Alex, also visit senior living facilities with their border collie mix, Bugg. Bugg loves people and makes them happy, and as Melanie says, these seniors usually don’t have many chances to enjoy dogs, so it’s a treat for everyone.

Trail running, hiking, kayaking, reading, and crocheting

Favorite destination
Queenstown, NZ (Bryson City, NC local)

Recent read
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Favorite quote
“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it”
— Robin Williams

Melanie Anderson - Johnston Design