Faculty portfolios

  • A Guide to Boundary Resistance, Harvard GSD.
    A Guide to Boundary Resistance, Harvard GSD.
  • A Guide to Boundary Resistance, Harvard GSD.
    A Guide to Boundary Resistance, Harvard GSD.
  • A History of Design, 1860-2018, with Shira Grosman at Harvard GSD.
    A History of Design, 1860-2018, with Shira Grosman at Harvard GSD.
  • Landform/Perform.
    Landform/Perform.
  • Footprint Landscape.
    Footprint Landscape.

Alexandra Mei

Lecturer

Campus Box 1079
Biography 

MLA, Harvard Graduate School of Design; BDes in Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis

 

Alexandra Mei is a landscape designer with Merritt Chase. Her interests lie in the interpersonal experiences that are informed by our everyday interactions with our surroundings. She believes that design has an exciting responsibility to recognize the power embedded in local landscapes, and to celebrate and share the ways in which they can provide agency and joy.

For the past two years, Mei has been studying patterns of weathering and decay in the design of public landscapes, learning from cultures in the United States and in Southeast and East Asia. As part of the Harvard GSD Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship, she has learned firsthand how these various cultures engage with their landscapes over time. Additionally, since her time at WashU, Mei has been conducting research on the history of women in design with fellow alum Shira Grosman, and has exhibited this work at both WashU and Harvard GSD.

Prior to joining Merritt Chase, Mei worked at Marta Fry Landscape Associates, Surfacedesign, and Gensler. She graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Master in Landscape Architecture and earned her Bachelor of Design in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. She has received multiple honors including the GSD Thesis Award in Landscape Architecture, the Landscape Architecture Foundation's University Olmsted Scholar Nomination, and the 2017 Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship from the GSD. Mei has also been published in UC Berkeley's Ground Up journal and Peking University's LAF Magazine.