As a practicing Part II Architect, Melanie Wavamunno currently works at the London based practice, Adjaye Associates.
Melanie has worked on completed projects in Uganda and Lebanon, and has ongoing work in the cities of London, Johannesburg, Los Angeles and Munich. Her projects range in scale and typology from small residences to large public museums. Melanie has an AA certificate and holds Bachelors degrees in Fine Arts and Architecture (BFA and BArch) from Rhode Island School of Design, as well as a Master’s of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a certificate from the AA. In 2014, Melanie was one of two students selected for Harvard Art Museum’s Division of Academic and Public Programs’ highly competitive annual graduate internship programme. There, she developed interpretive materials for the 2014 Renzo Piano Harvard Art Museum extension.
During her time at RISD, Melanie engaged with her interests in form, material and the representation of space by developing a variety of visual experiments in film, photography and printmaking.These were exhibited in the Granoff Gallery at Brown University and the Bayard Ewing Building at RISD. Melanie was also a teaching assistant under RISD Professor James Barnes and has participated on jury panels at RISD and Harvard University GSD’s Career Discovery.
In practice, as in teaching, Melanie enjoys the critical discourse that emerges out of design saturated in culture and difference, in theory and physicality. There are meaningful discoveries and revelations to be made in mistakes, in awkwardness and misalignment, in bodily experience, in appropriation, in mistranslation, in getting lost.
The profession of architecture allows us the means to enter other cultures intensely and playfully, but also responsibly.