Scott D. Baker, ASLA
Principal - Landscape Architecture

As a Principal with Meléndrez, Scott Baker manages and directs a broad range of project types, providing oversight and leadership to the firm's professional staff. Scott's top priority is dealing directly with clients to thoroughly understand their needs and ensure their project is ultimately user focused and transformative. His extensive knowledge stems from sixteen years of working at the intersection of residential, civic, transportation, commercial and academic districts within the urban context. Recent projects include, Vdara condo Hotel at MGM CityCenter Las Vegas, Pao Huei Condo towers in Taiwan, USC Health Sciences Campus Landscape Master Plan, award-winning LAPD Police Administration Building in downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica College Campus Quad. As a passionate participant in the Landscape Architecture profession, Scott continues to raise the bar on the quality of the firm's work, living the firm's mission to have a positive impact on the urban environment.

Melani Smith
President, Principal - Planning and Urban Design

Melani Smith brings to her work at Meléndrez communication, management, leadership, and facilitation skills born out of a diverse background in urban planning, marketing and public relations. As Principal and Director of Meléndrez's planning practice, Smith works at regional, community and site-specific scales, from engaging project stakeholders, visioning, and creating conceptual and master plans and design guidelines, through to grant writing for funding and implementation. Sensitivity to long term livability and sustainability of the urban environment is a cornerstone of Meléndrez philosophy. Key issues, including walkability and bicycle friendliness, placemaking, and resource and energy conservation are addressed as a core part of each planning assignment the firm undertakes. Melani is President of the Downtown Breakfast Club in Los Angeles, was recently appointed to Mayor Villaraigosa's Design Advisory Panel in the City of Los Angeles, and in 2007 she was appointed to the City of Long Beach's Planning commission.