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Texas Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

My clients and the ability to positively affect their future.



The great designerMelissa Walker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP is a member of Parkhill's Higher Ed Sector, Melissa leverages her WELL Design strategies and certification through USGBC to diversify and strengthen or design skills, contributing to over 100 projects in the Texas panhandle and Eastern New Mexico. Melissa actively contributes to her profession having served as a past president for AIA and on the Amarillo Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

After finding out what an architect does at an elementary school career fair, I couldn't imagine doing anything else. As a child one of my favorite activities was to sketch my neighbor's houses and make edits for improvement.

What do you do?

As a project architect at Parkhill in the Higher Education sector I work on a variety of project types coordinating large teams of engineers and production staff by day and mom by night.

What excites you in the work you do?

Helping people bring their dreams to life. I love meeting new clients and getting them through the process.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

My clients and the ability to positively affect their future.


What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Thus far in my career, I have only been working for about fifteen years, but in that time I have been involved in over 100 projects.

Featured Project Name: 

Abilene Christian University- Science & Engineering Research Center

Featured Project Location: 


Featured Project Completion Date: 

Unbuilt- Scheduled 2022

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Architect

Featured Project Description:

This new facility will be used for education, research, and business support. It will be the first building built by ACU on the recently acquired Taylor Elementary site oriented to provide connections to both campus and the Judge Ely Blvd while taking advantage of existing space and parking at Taylor Elementary. It will welcome visitors from all over the world and is designed to showcase NEXT Lab and the possibilities with molten salt reaction.

Photography Credit:

Hans Weber Visualization (for renderings)

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