Rowan Melville


BSc (Hons), MA, ARB

Rowan received an undergraduate degree from the University of Bath in 2010; her final project was a programmatic hybrid incorporating carpentry workshops and homeless accommodation by way of social enterprise. She continued her studies at the Royal College of Art where she was awarded an MA in 2014 with distinction for her written thesis which examined three typologies: housing estates, young offenders’ institutions and suburban sprawl. Rowan gained her RIBA Part III and ARB accreditation following graduation from the University of Westminster with distinction in 2016.

Since joining ABA in 2014, she initially worked on preparing the first phase of Barton Park, a 885-home masterplan in Oxford, for a successful detailed planning submission. She has since worked on the delivery stages of Exeter College’s Cohen Quadrangle in Oxford and the Northwest Cambridge Development’s 240-home Athena development. She lead the development of a design code and brand standard suite of documents for a PRS housing developer, and has also worked on detailed planning submissions for two more recent phases of the Northwest Cambridge Development.

Rowan’s previous professional experience includes Local Authority-led social housing and regeneration projects at Karakusevic Carson Architects and seeing a range of commercial fit-out and renovation projects through from feasibility to completion at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, both in London.