Livable Cities Studio is an urban design and landscape architecture studio focused on addressing the needs of the contemporary city by uniting people through public spaces and connections to the natural environment. The studio is based on the idea of creating places for people and human experience. We focus on city building and addressing the complex needs of urbanization and change in our cities. We aim to create livable cities that unite people through public spaces that are designed for inclusion, social purpose and emphasize human experience. We put people first.
We see the future of cities being built on collaborative partnerships that fit the specific needs of each city, neighborhood and community. Our process starts with design collaboration, creative partnerships and a desire to bring diverse people together in intense collaborations to provide the springboard for unforeseen futures and solutions, resulting in ongoing innovation, refinement and reapplication.
To address the needs of rapid urbanization, growth and transformation of cities, our work reconsiders the traditional role of infrastructure by emphasizing people, natural systems and new forms of public space that benefit from the investment and need for infrastructure. This contemporary approach to infrastructure suggests that all forms of infrastructure are mutually beneficial by providing critical services and capacity while also creating new amenities and forms of public space that considers all aspects of the environment and broader community.
We are a certified WBE, DBE, EBE and SBE in the City and County of Denver.
MEET OUR TEAM
President and Owner of Livable Cities Studio, Meredith has over 18 years of expertise in urban redevelopment, parks and public space design. She is distinguished for her leadership, design and project management of large-scale complex efforts. She has worked on public parks, streetscapes and urban design projects focusing on developing responsible and innovative designs that respond to the needs of the place and community. Meredith’s projects emphasize the role of public space as a way to stimulate redevelopment and create socially active spaces that provide long-term benefits for cities. Meredith is known for her interdisciplinary team leadership, her responsiveness to clients and her excellent communication skills. A firm believer in the benefits of collaboration, she forms strong long-term working relationships with design teams and clients. Meredith is recognized for her rigor and follow-through and for instilling discipline and accountability into design processes.
Todd is an Urban Designer and Principal at Livable Cities Studio and has over 20 years of planning and redevelopment experience in both the public and private sectors. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for leading numerous multi-disciplinary teams, establishing long-range visions and guiding them through strategic implementation with an emphasis on the role of public open-space as a way to stimulate growth and create socially active spaces. He specializes in complicated urban design and planning projects focused on redevelopment, mobility, public space design, community outreach and city building. Most recently, in his role as Deputy Director of Denver Mayor Hancock’s North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC), Todd directed and oversaw a portfolio of planning initiatives and capital projects totaling over $100 million in public investment of multi-modal infrastructure, parks, and waterfronts. In addition, Todd has been a regular studio instructor and critic at the University of Colorado Denver, a studio critic at the University of Texas, Auburn University and a Career Discovery instructor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
senior associate, landscape architect
Will Viitanen is a landscape architect at Livable Cities Studio with extensive experience leading and designing unique projects in a variety of sectors, from civic and university campuses to public gardens. Working collaboratively on multi-disciplinary efforts, Wil is most interested in the power of landscape in addressing complex social, economic, and environmental issues through powerful narratives interventions that weave architecture and landscape as one. His background in architecture informs a sensibility in design thinking, craft, and detailing and he brings design excellence to the team from design concept to documentation and construction observation. Will holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Will’s recent projects include design for The Butterfly Pavilion at Baseline Development in Broomfield, Co, The Pollinators’ and Bird Garden at the Arboretum at Penn State University and the University of Denver Advantage projects at the University of Denver.
associate, landscape designer
Yishuen is a landscape designer and visual communications team leader at Livable Cities Studio, and has diverse interests in urban design, architectural visualization, user experience design, and emerging technologies. Her project experience includes public spaces and parks, urban design, master planning, transit-oriented development, and mixed use development. Prior to joining Livable Cities Studio, Yishuen initiated and launched virtual reality system at Design Workshop, and lead firm-wide training on 3D modeling and virtual reality. Yishuen believes great design starts with the end-users in mind, and is interested in using emerging technologies and landscape architecture to design human experiences for people and communities. Yishuen received her B.A. Urban Studies and Master of Landscape Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin, and enjoys cycling, hiking, coding, doodling, and VR games in her spare time.
Conrey is a Landscape Designer at Livable Cities Studio and brings broad skills in landscape architecture, planning, 3-D modeling and graphic visualizations to the team. Originally from Alexandria, VA, Conrey earned his Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University in 2017 where his studies focused on global environmental sustainability and sociology. At CSU, Conrey served as President of CSU’s Student Chapter ASLA and was awarded the ASLA Student Merit Award for demonstrated excellence in the study of landscape architecture in addition to the department’s Exemplary Leadership Award. While in university, Conrey participated in an internship program with Michael Van Valkenburg Associates in Cambridge, MA and worked as a freelance designer and digital renderer on numerous local projects in Fort Collins, gaining valuable experience on projects at all scales. Conrey sees landscape architecture as a medium for social improvement and change and aims to positively influence community and tackle key issues through compelling and influential design.
Melanie Schroeder is a landscape architect at Livable Cities Studio whose talents and experience span an extensive range of project types, both public and private. She has worked both nationally and internationally, equipping her with a depth of experience in streetscapes, parks, playgrounds, and on-structure spaces. Her driven attitude pushes her to seek the best outcomes possible for a project and dig deep to uncover a site’s inherent identity. Melanie’s projects celebrate each project site individually, recognizing each site’s context and narrative as unique. She is passionate about seeing projects through construction and creating meaningful and tangible impacts for communities. Melanie holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree, also from the University of Minnesota.
Chelsea is a landscape designer at Livable Cities Studio with experience in public and private projects. She earned her Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver in 2021 where her studies focused on environmental justice through landscape planning, and she was awarded the ASLA Student Honor Award for her project work. Her diverse educational background informs her systems thinking throughout the creative process. She is passionate about combining research, public engagement, and artistic intervention to design places for communities and the environment.
Urban Design & Planning
Civic & Ecological Infrastructure Design
Project Management & Client Representative
3858 Walnut St #135
Denver, Colorado 80205