Nina is an Adjunct Faculty member in Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture and the co-founding principal of Merritt Chase, a Pittsburgh-based landscape architecture and urban design practice. Nina works as a landscape architect and urban designer, positioning outdoor public spaces as foundational building blocks for cities. Nina is a registered landscape architect and formerly the Senior Project Manager at Riverlife, a non-profit planning organization in Pittsburgh, PA, and an Associate at Sasaki in Boston, MA.
A graduate of Harvard's Graduate School of Design and West Virginia University, Nina was named "Landscape Architect to Watch" by Green Building & Design Magazine and her mobile pop-up park concept, Kit of Parks, was named a winner of the 2016 KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challenge. Her graduate work along the Chicago River received a 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects Student Honor Award.
Nina's professional experience is additionally informed by a commitment to the design and planning community through teaching, writing and volunteering. Nina has lectured at MIT and Rhode Island School of Design, and she has served as a design critic at Harvard, the University of Toronto, and Ohio State University. Nina currently sits on the national Landscape Architecture Foundation Board, the City of Pittsburgh's Contextual Design Advisory Panel (CDAP), and the Lawrenceville Corporation Board. Her recent speaking engagements include the LAbash 2017 Keynote, Carnegie Science Center's SciTech Days, and the Landscape Architecture Foundation's Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future "Emerging Voices" Panel.