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Alexandra Mei



Alexandra Mei is a landscape architect and educator in design. Her work crosses practice, academia, and advocacy to push toward a more environmentally just and ecologically resilient public realm. Mei’s research centers around the weathering, maintenance, and care of public landscapes, exploring their holistic lifespans to understand their effects on resource extraction and public investment.

As an associate with Merritt Chase, an award-winning landscape architecture firm working across the Midwest, Mei has worked on projects ranging from park planning to site design. These include Pittsburgh’s Emerald View Park Master Plan, Cleveland’s Dunham Tavern Museum, and Detroit’s Manistique Treehouse. In St. Louis, Mei is a faculty advisor for the WashU Sustainability Exchange, where she collaborates with students and community organizations to design, implement, and maintain public spaces. She is also the current President-Elect of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) St. Louis chapter.

Mei graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Master in Landscape Architecture and earned a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. She has received multiple honors including the WxLA 2020 Scholar Nomination, the Harvard GSD Thesis Award, the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholar Nomination, and the Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship from the GSD. Mei has also published and exhibited her work at Harvard University, in UC Berkeley’s Ground Up journal, and in Peking University’s LAF magazine.


Work by Alexandra Mei

A collage with images and a drawing of flow patterns overlayed in white on a muted green fill

A Guide to Boundary Resistance

A Guide to Boundary Resistance, Harvard GSD
A photograph of a book with drawings of tools on the left and writing on the right all to describe methods of "staining or discoloring natural or man-made objects due to the frequent presence of water"

A Guide to Boundary Resistance

A Guide to Boundary Resistance, Harvard GSD
A timeline of various designers in different contexts from 1860-2018

A History of Design

A History of Design, 1860-2018, with Shira Grosman at Harvard GSD
View of an empty green lot at a park

Dunham Tavern Museum

Cleveland,
Merritt Chase
Birds eye view of a plaza with parallel stripes going different directions and white bottle crate-like seats arranged side by side each other

Birch Street Plaza

Boston,
Merritt Chase
Groups of people painting geometric blue shapes on a curved pathway by a park

West End Community Park

St. Louis
Plan view of proposed areas for a large park with labels highlighting different areas

Emerald View Park Master Plan

Pittsburgh,
Merritt Chase