Andrea Sessa is a Licensed Architect, Landscape Architect and the Founder of studio M MERGE. Her background includes 20 years of experience in architectural design and landscape architecture. Prior to founding studio M MERGE, Andrea was a founding partner of Sessa Wadlund Design Studio. She practiced with Turnbull Griffin Haesloop, where she served as project manager on numerous residential projects including the Boyd Residence, published in The Sea Ranch, by Donlyn Lyndon. Her resume includes work at Design Studios West, Denver, where she served as team member on the urban waterfront project HARP, the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, and campus planning for NIST the National Institute for Standards and Technology.
While working for RTKL, Washington D.C., Andrea served as Landscape Architect for a United States ambassador’s residence and worked on multi-disciplinary teams for various government agency projects. Her residential design experience also includes work with studio URBIS and Mark English Architects. In addition to her design practice Andrea’s focus on academics has remained a priority throughout her career.
Andrea practices open, frequent, and clear communication between clients, contractors, and the team. As an outgrowth of that practice, Andrea created the seminar, Building Relationships, designed to foster better communication between client and contractor.
As a lecturer and instructor at her alma mater, UC Berkeley, (MARCH) she taught several Environmental Design and Architecture courses, and still serves as a visiting juror for architecture studio design reviews. In an effort to begin the education of the environment at its earliest stages, Andrea has also developed an Architecture Unit of Study for Montessori Preschool-age to 3rd grade children. To serve as a responsible environmental citizen, one must learn about and respect the environment from an early age.