Kaitlin Messich joined the Institute of Government’s Planning and Environmental Services
Unit in 2013. Passionate about designing communities to improve the quality of life
for all Georgia residents, she focuses on creating strategic visioning and implementation
plans that help make creative solutions come to life.
Specializing in community branding and placemaking, Kaitlin believes all communities
have unique assets that can be strategically leveraged to encourage economic development,
positioning them to attract investment, improve quality of life, and retain sense
Since 2013, Kaitlin has completed more than 50 community projects as part of the Georgia
Downtown Renaissance Partnership, a master-planning process for downtowns that features
a three-phase community visioning and strategic planning process. Kaitlin creates
research-based, context sensitive designs, including adaptive reuse concepts, community
branding packages, space programming, and placemaking design concepts. Her background
is in historic preservation, graphic design, interior design, political science, and
the visual arts.
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Presbyterian College, 2007
Master of Historic Preservation, University of Georgia, 2010
Master of Fine Arts, Interior Design, University of Georgia, 2013
Certificate in Creative Placemaking, New Hampshire Institute of Art and the National
Consortium of Creative Placemaking
Areas of Expertise: community visioning, community branding, placemaking, public art, painting, historic
preservation, interior design, adaptive reuse, space programming, and graphic design.