Ellen Merritt began teaching in the advanced architecture studios in 2007. She has served as lead
instructor for the hybrid studios that conjoin design theory and technology with sustainable systems and
site design practices since 2012, and has worked as faculty advisor on several Gateway Projects. She
believes landscape architecture and architecture are responses to essential human needs that include
beauty, nourishment, shelter and mobility and that these responses negotiate environmental forces to
shape an ecologically sound and aesthetically moving tectonic vision.
In practice, Ellen works on projects with a particular regard for the link between habitat and health. She
has worked with architecture and development firms in the New England area on institutional,
commercial, civic and residential design projects as a landscape consultant and designer. Current
undertakings include working with two local nonprofits implementing green technologies and
educational programs. Ellen is responsible for the site design of the Lewis Bay Research Center and is
involved with ecologic strategies to improve the water quality of Cape Cod bays and estuaries. She also
serves on the advisory board of Meetinghouse Farm and co‐authored a grant proposal to establish an
arboretum dedicated to the horticultural heritage of a former nursery in the Town of Barnstable. The
grant was received by Meetinghouse Farm in 2013 from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust.
Ellen received her Master of Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design where she
also served as an adjunct faculty member. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Kansas
City Art Institute in Missouri. Areas of research and special interest include urban agriculture, public art,
psychogeographic mapping and architectural interpretations of literary structures.