“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” 

John Muir

meet our lead architect: marissa dionne mead

Marissa Dionne Mead has been selected as the Lead Architect to help design and construct Eli’s Garden of Healing. Marissa brings a wealth of passion and expertise to our mission. As the Lead Architect for the New Haven Botanical Garden of Healing Dedicated to Victims of Gun Violence, she has expertise working on deeply personal projects intentionally designed to deliver healing to our communities. In addition, Marissa is actively engaged in a project in Meriden which will include a sensory garden and has created a mobile memorial sculpture for lives lost to opioid addition.

“Marissa’s unique combination of experiences working on sensitive and personal topics, coupled with the enthusiasm and passion she brings to her work makes her the standout choice to partner with Eli’s Garden of Healing. Selecting Marissa to be the architect for the healing garden was an immediate and obvious choice for us. We feel confident that she will bring our vision to life, while influencing the garden design in a way that will be beneficial for our entire community. “

– Crystal Cathcart, President of Eli’s Garden of Healing

Marissa is a Hamden resident, an Associate Principal at Svigals + Partners and Co-Founder of design studio, Atelier Cue. She brings an expertise in community engagement, architectural design, public art and a variety of sculptural mediums. In 2022, Marissa was recognized by American Institute of Architects Connecticut (AIACT) with the 2022 Women in Architecture Award for her “potent and enduring commitment to creating welcoming environments within community spaces”.

To view examples of her works visit https://www.svigals.com/culture/marissa-mead & https://www.ateliercue.com/work

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