Melissa studied architecture in Johannesburg and completed a Masters in Development and Emergency Practice at Oxford Brookes University. She has worked in a variety of architectural offices in both South Africa and the UK, mostly focusing on housing projects with a strong commitment to sustainable design. In 2004, she co-founded Architecture Sans Frontières – UK (ASF-UK) where she currently holds the position of Associate. She has been tutoring at Oxford Brookes University in a design studio for undergraduates which focuses on issues including: democracy and space; resilience; globalising culture and identity; and post traumatic urbanism, since 2006. She is deeply committed to social and economic sustainability especially when applied to the built environment.