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Melanie Bontusa

Project Manager

Melanie Bontusa is a project manager in Brightworks’ Los Angeles Office.

Before joining Brightworks, Melanie worked on the new DeYoung Museum, the San Francisco General Hospital, the UCSF Medical Center, and the Stanford University Medical Center as an architectural designer with the San Francisco-based firm, Fong and Chan Architects.

Embodying Brightworks’ high-touch approach to project management while managing two projects for USC, Melanie is routinely invited as a guest speaker at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering and a mentor to Viterbi School students seeking LEED accreditation.


  • LEED v4
  • LEED for Homes
  • LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED CI)
  • LEED for New Construction (LEED NC)
  • LEED for Core & Shell (LEED CS)
  • LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED B:O&M)
  • CalGreen
  • Living Building Challenge


  • University of California, Berkeley
    Bachelor of Architecture

Technical Credentials & Professional Memberships

  • U. S. Green Building Council
    LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)
    LEED Accredited Professional, Homes (LEED AP Homes)
  • International Living Future Institute
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Selected Experience

  • Fong & Chan Architects


  • U. S. Green Building Council
    Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group, Member 
  • U. S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles Chapter
    Westside Branch Steering Committee, Member