Madame Architect interviewed alumna Melanie Meyers '82 on her transition from architecture to law and her roles in city planning and real estate development in New York.
Melanie Meyers is a member of the Real Estate Department in Fried Frank's New York office, focusing on real estate development, land use, zoning, environmental review, public approvals, and private/public partnerships. She has worked on some of New York City's most transformative projects, including Hudson Yards, Pacific Park, Greenpoint Landing, and Cornell Technion University on Roosevelt Island.
Prior to joining Fried Frank, Melanie served as general counsel to the New York City Department of City Planning. She began her career as an architect, earning her degree in architecture from MIT and her degree in law from Columbia Law School. In her interview, Melanie talks about her transition from architecture to law and her role in some of New York City’s greatest moments of urban change, advising young architects to try different things and to learn as much as they can in the process.
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