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We are fundraising! The Architects Foundation is creating a scholarship specifically for Black Women earning their degree in Architecture. We are proud to be a matching sponsor of this effort - every dollar you donate here will be matched by a women-led design firm.

“Retired Column: Jimmy” will be available for purchase at Design Yard Sale. 100% of the net proceeds will go to the Bail Project and Colloqate, two organizations leading the fight against racial injustice and inequity. (Update: Sold!)


Melissa was awarded a USCA faculty research grant for a study of demolished buildings in Detroit. Check out the press release here

“Retired Columns” will be available for purchase at Pop Up In Place. Proceeds will support the LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Check out Melissa’s first year studio work in the USC School of Architecture Virtual Expo.

Join us for Melissa’s first year studio reviews at the USC School of Architecture. The studio “Paloma to Rose: Primitives, Curiosities, Collage” explores geometric primitives and hybrids through a series of pavilions and interventions on an existing section of Venice Beach. The review will be live via Zoom and Miro, please email us for an invitation. 

During Frieze Week LA, Shin Shin will be exhibiting 2 pieces at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show as part of a group show entitled “Twofers”, curated by Patrick Geske and Cody Miner. Check it out February 14-16 at the ROW DTLA, more info here. You can purchase our pieces here!

Thank you to the Architect’s Newspaper for the great write-up on “Four Corners” - read more about our exhibition at the Wedge Gallery here. The show is on view during limited hours until March 6. 

Shin Shin is excited to present our first solo exhibition “Four Corners” at the Wedge Gallery of Woodbury University Burbank. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday February 7, 6:30-9:00pm. Read more about the exhibition here.

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 year, she will be teaching 1st year undergraduate design studio and a visualization course. 

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

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.

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

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