Melinda graduated from Purdue University in May of 2000 and has dedicated the last 20 years to designing functional and creative spaces for everyone to enjoy. After graduation, Melinda joined CSO Architects and quickly moved from Design Associate in tenant finish design to Lead Designer in corporate and higher education design. Melinda’s ability to work with customers to uncover a vision and bring it to reality created many amazing projects such as Eli Lilly K147 and the Purdue Technology Center. After deciding to work part-time to be with her children, Melinda began work with Lynn Hynes Design Associates. She was able to gain experience in residential and healthcare design. Her love for creating spaces that live and breathe was a perfect fit for this type of design; especially on her favorite project the Pediatric Oncology Office at IU North Hospital. The knowledge she gained from Lynn built a foundation in which would allow the rest of her career to succeed.
In 2009, Melinda started her own interior design business, Rooted Structure Design, and began to build her resume with additional fields of design such as religious and hospitality. Growing up as a PK (preacher’s kid), going to church, and leaning on faith has always been a huge part of Melinda’s life. Her knowledge of how churches operate, her love for God, and natural creativity allowed Melinda to design extraordinary children’s spaces. She transformed rooms into multifunctional spaces that were designed for play, recreation, and learning.
This understanding of space and diving deep into how each business functions is what inspires Melinda to design purposeful spaces that work wholly for individual businesses. This knowledge allowed Melinda to contract projects through Darwin Branded Environments. She designed spaces for small Indiana start-up companies, like Convivo and Vibenomics, who are focused on incorporating their branding and culture into their environment. Melinda helped these companies grow by shining a spotlight on their spaces’ simple design and aesthetics allowing for their products to shine.
In 2019 Melinda returned to working full time and was recruited by IDO Incorporated. She brings experience, insight, and energy to the group. She again loves working with a large team of talented designers. Melinda shares her vast knowledge of the design process and construction, through training and mentoring to those around her. Although she took the NCIDQ exam in 2004, she recently became a Registered Interior Designer (RID) with the state of Indiana. In her spare time, Melinda loves to hike and hang out with her amazing husband and teenagers. She is bettering her game of chess against her son (who always seems to win) and loves bike riding with her daughter.