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Melissa Stickland


Job Title: Principal, Managing Director of New Jersey

Expertise: Workplace


Melissa Strickland, NCIDQ is a Principal and Managing Director of HLW’s New Jersey office. With more than 20 years of design experience, she has developed strong relationships with clients across the technology, life sciences, pharmaceutical, legal, and financial industries throughout New Jersey. Melissa leads programming, planning, and design with special focus on large, complex projects. Her professionalism and compassion are displayed through her interactions with clients, her colleagues, and the project’s end-users. She is a member of the CoreNet New Jersey chapter.


All Work
Contemporary office break room with vibrant blue egg chairs, sleek white high-top tables, and people in casual conversation. Textured columns with purple accents complement the neutral-toned flooring and wooden slatted ceiling design.


Nutley, NJ

Spacious lobby with high ceiling, illuminated by an angular modern chandelier. Central floating staircase with glass balustrades and wood accents. Comfortable seating areas feature a mix of red armchairs and gray sofas. Large windows allow natural light to complement the warm interior tones.


Warren, NJ

Modern corporate reception area featuring bold Kyowa Kirin brand wall, pops of orange in the upholstered armchairs, sleek black center tables, and dynamic lighting overhead, creating a welcoming ambiance for professionals and guests.

Kyowa Kirin Bedminster

Bedminster, NJ

Modern office lobby featuring a sleek reception desk with a lit company sign, vibrant orange chairs adding a pop of color, and pendant lighting illuminating the open, airy space.

Kyowa Kirin Princeton

Princeton, NJ

Spacious, modern interior features tiered wooden seating with people casually scattered, engaging in discussions and work. Above, a white industrial ceiling with exposed ductwork contrasts starkly with the warm-toned flooring and matte black partitions, highlighting a contemporary, collaborative workspace design.

Kering Americas

Wayne, NJ