Melissa M. Farling
As a principal of Gould Evans, Melissa provides leadership to the Phoenix, Arizona studio and within the design profession with a primary focus on the impacts of architecture on people. She believes this knowledge is essential to enabling the creation of sustaining and appropriate environments and increasing society’s expectations of the built environment while elevating the profession. She was co-chair for the National American Institute of Architecture’s Academy of Justice for Architecture (AAJ) Research and Technology Committee for ten years, now serving as a member of the AAJ Leadership Group. Melissa was one of the principal investigators on a National Institute of Corrections funded study to examine impacts of views of nature on stress in a jail intake area. In 2018, she was the AAJ Leadership Group Chair for the annual conference, “Enlightened Justice: Advancing Treatment”, which focused on mental health in the U.S justice system.
In an effort to create positive impact, much of Melissa’s work has focused on social justice and public projects of all sizes. She has successfully applied research to design, resulting in measurable outcomes. She has contributed to many publications and gives frequent presentations on evidence-based design applications. Believing that empathy and respect are the foundations for conversation and design, she excels at bringing multi-disciplinary expertise to the studio to facilitate more informed and rigorous explorations.
Melissa is a registered architect in Arizona and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Arizona.