Ms. Melichar is President of Melichar Architects. With over thirty years of architectural
design and construction experience, Ms. Melichar provides the vision, leadership, and
design direction that are the cornerstones of the quality work done by the firm.
Additionally she coordinates and supervises all activities of the architectural team, and
is responsible for design and technical services including design development,
construction documentation, budgets and construction supervision. Her wide range of
experience in exterior and interior architecture for residential, corporate, commercial,
civic, and historic preservation projects assures effective management of the
complexities of any project. Ms. Melichar is committed to providing exceptional results
with excellent value for clients of Melichar Architects.
Ms. Melichar holds a Master of Architecture and Urban Design degree from Columbia
University in New York City and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tulane
University in New Orleans. She is registered as an architect, an interior designer and
previously held her real estate license for 15 years. Her professional memberships
include the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of
Architectural Registration boards (NCARB). Taking her professional commitment even
further, Ms. Melichar served for five years as a Commissioner of the Preservation
Commission in Highland Park, IL, reviewing proposed projects and generating public
awareness of preservation. Additionally, she participated in community forums and
committees; has been one of only twelve national Small Project Forum Advisors for the
AIA; and regularly contributes to architectural and preservation publications. Ms.
Melichar has been a juror for preservation awards reviews along the North Shore,
including Chicago, Evanston, Highland Park and Lake Forest. She also actively
participated in the historic renovation of the City of Lake Forest’s Ragdale artist’s
residence, on Ragdale’s Renovation Task Force Committee. Ms. Melichar is currently
on the Board of Directors for the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce, as well
as the Board of Directors for a leading manufacturer and technical innovator for the
green energy industry.