Melanie Buzgan Dower

Melanie Buzgan Dower is a Principal and the Director of Culture at Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. She has led the firm in the advancement of workplace excellence and reinforces a collaborative atmosphere. Melanie promotes the firm culture to clients and contractors through her role as a project manager and project architect.

Melanie is a graduate of Kent State University where she received both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Urban Design degrees. While at Kent, she studied for two semesters in Florence, Italy for her graduate and undergraduate program, beginning an analytical study of historic urban spaces with a concentration on understanding the source of their good design. Melanie also participated in the Shrinking Cities Charette held in Youngstown where she explored the urban design issue of ‘what to do with a shrinking city’. Here, she focused on planning a sustainable future for forgotten and abandoned urban neighborhoods.

Melanie currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design. She is active in the architectural community as the past Associate Director on the AIA Pittsburgh Board and past Chair of AIA Pittsburgh’s Young Architects Forum. Melanie is also Co-Captain of the Rothschild Doyno Collaborative Softball Team.