Editor: Nina Chase (Merritt Chase)
Team: Chris Merritt, Alexandra Mei, and Nicholas Cook (Merritt Chase); Design Distill
Editorial Consultant: Sarah Rafson and Candace Opper (Point Line Projects)

Photo courtesy of Nina Chase.

Nina Chase is a principal and cofounder of Merritt Chase, a landscape architecture and research practice based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A native of Morgantown, West Virginia, Chase is a graduate of West Virginia University and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She works across Appalachia to plan and design public realm projects, including regional park master plans, riverfront parks, and trail systems.

Merritt Chase is a landscape architecture firm founded by Nina Chase and Chris Merritt. The office is a collection of landscape architects and urban designers dedicated to planning and designing meaningful public spaces, including streets, plazas, parks, waterfronts, gardens, and campuses. By constructing permanent landscapes, developing master plans, building temporary installations, and initiating research, their work builds momentum for the transformation of the public realm. Based in the Midwest and Appalachia, their work contributes to emerging regional identities.

Sarah Rafson is an architectural writer, researcher, and editor; founder of Point Line Projects, a Pittsburgh-based editorial and curatorial agency; and an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Columbia University’s Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices program, Rafson has worked on books with Kenneth Frampton, Bernard Tschumi, and Barry Bergdoll, and has collaborated on exhibitions at MoMA, Centre Pompidou, and the Center for Architecture in New York. She writes on a range of issues in architecture and design for The Architect’s Newspaper and Metropolis.