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Shin Shin will be exhibiting our project “Up Close” at Detroit Design 139, a biennial exhibition organized by Bedrock, City of Detroit, Design Core, and others. DD139 will host a variety of events, lectures and discussions throughout the month of September that focus on the future of Detroit’s built and natural environment. We’re honored to be included!

Melissa will be joining the faculty of USC as a part-time lecturer for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 academic year. This fall, she will be teaching in the 1st year undergraduate design studio, coordinated by Erin Kasimow.

Shin Shin has been featured in Detour Detroit, a website and newsletter dedicated to Detroit architecture and culture. Read a little about the office and some of our recent work in Detroit here. Thank you for the interview and feature!


“Somersault Terraces,” a proposal for affordable housing in London, is featured in a new publication from Archhive Books. The publication focuses on new ideas and platforms that are enabling people to own or purchase homes. Purchase your copy here!

2019-06-20 Shin Shin will be closing out the LA Design Festival with Dopium LA, a one night only installation featuring our project “No Vacancy.” Stop by and check out the project along with several local artists, tickets available here.

2019-06-06 Swing by and support the A+D Museum by purchasing one of Shin Shin’s “Retired Columns” from the Impermanent Collection, a curated space within the museum featuring a rotation of local artists and designers. “Retired Columns” are custom 3D printed vases inspired by the Japanese art of ikebana, also available for purchase here.

Melissa is excited to be speaking on the “Designing Products for All the Senses” panel hosted by Zendesk in San Francisco. See you there! Tickets available here


Shin Shin received an Honorable Mention for a proposal to create new affordable housing strategies in London, UK. View the proposal, “Somersault Terraces,” here and interview here.


Shin Shin received an Honorable Mention for a proposal that reimagines the future of housing in the Virginia Park Historic District of Detroit. View the proposal here.

Shin Shin is a finalist in the “Design Center in a Box” Competition, an opportunity to activate vacant storefronts in our hometown of Detroit. In Stage 2 we will be developing our proposal for a public presentation, where two winners will be selected for construction. Design Center in a Box is a collaboration between the City of Detroit Planning & Development Department and the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at UD Mercy. It is funded by the Knight Foundation’s Cities Challenge.

Shin Shin received a Directors’ Choice Award for "Tether", our proposal for a housing development along the Mumbai coastline. View the proposal here.

2018-04-19 Melissa will be on final review juries this week at USC (2nd year Undergraduate) and Sci-Arc (Mark Foster Gage Vertical Studio and Undergraduate Thesis Weekend.)

Shin Shin led the fabrication and project management of Geothermal Futures Lab, an installation designed by Mark Foster Gage Architects in the Sci-Arc gallery. Read more about the exhibit here. On view January 26-March 4.

Melissa will be teaching a Collaborative Studio between Sci-Arc and the Yale School of Architecture with Mark Foster Gage. Students will be exploring the future of American infrastructure (Spring 2018).

Shin Shin received an honorable mention for "Caustic Fictions", our proposal for a marker at the WIPP nuclear waste isolation site in New Mexico. View the results here.

Shin Shin is a finalist in the NXT City Prize for our proposal "The Wellington." Melissa will be traveling to Toronto for the final presentation next week! View the shortlist and finalists here.

A glimpse into Undergraduate Thesis Prep with Ferda Kolatan this semester: Archdaily.

Melissa will be teaching Undergraduate Thesis Prep (Fall 2017) with Ferda Kolatan at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc).

Shin Shin wins 2nd place in Eleven Magazine's urban ideas competition on Rome. Check out the entry on their website and on Archinect.

It's Sci-Arc Undergraduate Thesis Weekend! Melissa will be on final review juries this weekend for Undergraduate Thesis, where she was a thesis co-advisor with Michael Young, M. Casey Rehm, Marcelo Spina and Peter Testa. The thesis program was coordinated by Marcelyn Gow.

Melissa will be teaching Undergraduate Thesis (Spring 2017) with Michael Young at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc).

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