Melynda is the Principal and Owner at Ink:Built, a hive mind collective that takes design from pen to built form – translating imagination to realization – and listening into action. She and her team at Ink:Built want to make the world better, make us better; restore life, spread beauty, and maximize our collective potential. Ink:built strives to catalyze change through projects that focus on sustainability, inclusion, equity, justice, health, and community.
After graduating from Portland’s Franklin High School, Melynda earned a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon and then moved to San Francisco to develop affordable housing and complete school renovations around the Bay Area. She is a licensed architect in Oregon and Washington and LEED AP BD&C with nearly 20 years of experience in architecture and real estate development. Melynda has served on the Board of Trillium Charter School, and is currently the chair for the Green Building Interest Group (GBIG) – a sub-committee of the Cascadia Portland Collaborative of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and International Living Futures Institute (ILFI). GBIG organizes panel discussions every other month on green building and operations topics of interest to real estate, construction and design professionals in the metro area. Melynda is an alumni of Camp Namanu, and spends her free time backpacking and paddling in the northwest and tending her garden and chickens with her family.