Michelle Delk is a passionate advocate and designer of the public realm. Her work is evocative and representative of a foundational premise shared with Snûhetta: to create places that enhance the positive relationships between people and their environments.
As a landscape architect, Michelle encourages innovative approaches to collaboration that are non-hierarchical and trans-disciplinary. Throughout her career, she has engaged with a variety of landscape advocacy organizations, curatorial projects, and academic institutions. Clear thinking and conscientious principles characterize Michelle’s leadership and her natural ability for engaging diverse communities and clients. Informed by these involvements, she seeks to discover and expand the urban landscape vernacular; striving to express the subtleties of place through exploring the values and incongruities of memory, environment, and social perceptions. Both aspirational and pragmatic, her work reveals and engages both the sublime and the rational within the constructed environment.
Michelle’s diverse background grew from the humble yet expansive perspective of her childhood in rural Iowa, her graduate education in the rapidly evolving Denver, CO, and her current long-term home in New York City. She guides many complex projects ranging from master plans and brownfield redevelopments to realizations of urban plazas, parks, streetscapes, and riverfronts. Currently, she leads several efforts with Snûhetta, including the transformation of Ford’s Research & Engineering Campus in Dearborn, Michigan, the renovation of 550 Madison public garden in Midtown Manhattan, and the creation of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in Medora, North Dakota.