Melissa DeStout

Melissa DeStout


Associate Principal

"Listening with an open mind is the first step to creating inspiring and innovative designs. My approach to every project is to respond to my clients’ needs and discover ways to create spaces that inspire joy and meaningfully improve quality of life for all who use them."

Melissa began her career as a summer intern at Perkins Eastman, where she felt an immediate connection to her colleagues who share her passion for creating spaces that improve the lives of the people who live and work in them. Upon her return to the firm as an architect in 2012, she quickly honed in on the Senior Living practice, where she works closely with clients to understand their needs and translate them into physical spaces that inspire joy. She frequently works with clients from a project’s early strategic and master planning through its completion. Melissa’s passion for the well-being of a community’s residents and staff—as well as her love of nature—inspires her work with Senior Living clients and with sustainable applications to their projects.

Our Perkins Eastman

Melissa is always seeking ways to share her passion for inclusive, compassionate, and sustainable design, both in and out of the office. She’s served in a variety of roles, including local office coordinator of the Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Green Committee, and leader of the next-gen Senior Living group.


  • Phone:

  • +1 (412) 894-8392
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  • Education

  • The Pennsylvania State University; B.Arch
  • Associations

  • American Institute of Architects
  • U.S. Green Building Council, LEED AP BD+C
  • Passive House Institute, Certified Passive House Designer