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Douglas Burnham
Principal and Founder

Douglas Burnham is founder and principal of envelope Architecture + Design (envelopeA+D), an award-winning collaborative design firm that advances new models of public and private space anchored in compelling visions of the emerging urban condition. A practicing architect for over twenty years, Mr. Burnham is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Architecture, where he received the Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Prize, awarded to one student in the graduating class for outstanding final thesis work. Burnham’s range of experience includes residential, educational, commercial, civic and hospitality building and renovation projects, as well as exhibition design, product design, furniture and custom lighting fixtures. He has been an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts since 2004. From 2007-2010 he led the SFMOMA’s Architecture + Design Forum as Chair, and now serves on the Forum’s Executive Committee. Burnham’s work has been published in magazines and journals including dwell, Architectural Record, Metropolitan Home, and Interior Design, among others. He frequently gives lectures in the U.S. and Europe on the work of envelopeA+D.

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Caren Currie
Project Designer

Caren grew up in Boston, Toronto and the San Francisco Bay area. She studied Art History at UC Berkeley, and later went on to receive her Masters of Architecture at UCLA. Since graduating, Caren has worked in design offices in New York, Copenhagen and San Francisco, working on a number of award winning commercial interior projects for tech companies. In parallel with her design endeavors, Caren takes inspiration from a wide variety of cultures that she has experienced throughout her travels, which she then uses to provide refreshing inspiration and opportunities for design collaboration.

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Sarah Hirschman
Project Architect

Sarah Hirschman is a researcher and architect licensed in California, working as Project Architect with the Berkeley practice Envelope A+D. She was the 2017-18 Howard E. LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at the Ohio State University, where she taught design studios and conducted research into the role of patterning, illusion, and humor in architecture. Paranomasiac, an exhibition of design proposals related to this research, was mounted at the Banvard Gallery in 2018 and will travel. Sarah was previously the founding director of the Keller Gallery at MIT Architecture and the Director of Publications and Exhibitions there. She curated the exhibition “Objects by Architects” (2012) and co-curated and -designed the research exhibitions “Un/Fair Use,” “Fair Use” and “Project_Rorschach” with Ana Miljacki. She is a 2014 winner of the Lawrence B. Anderson Award and received the Alpha Rho Chi medal and the Marjorie Pierce Fellowship from MIT's Department of Architecture. Her chapter on architectural copyright was recently published in Terms of Appropriation. She has had articles and work published in Plat, Inflection, the Avery Review, Architect, Future Anterior, Clog, Thresholds, Mark, and the 2011 book Testing to Failure, which she edited. Sarah has also taught design studios at the Ohio State University, MIT, and the Boston Architectural College.

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Nathan John
Associate Partner

Nathan is a designer, writer and visual artist based in Oakland, California. Nathan’s work leverages the ethos and techniques of the hacker/maker movement and the material palette of the architectural avant-garde in testing the potential of small, temporary interventions to reorient our perceptions of urban environments. Nathan continues to build on this body of work as well as draw on his experience in community outreach through his leadership of envelopeA+D’s PG&E Hunters Point project. Nathan holds a Master of Architecture degree from University of California, Berkeley, where he received the Eisner Prize in Architecture, the department’s highest honor. He has also been the recipient of several fellowships supporting his research on public space, including the John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship, the UC Berkeley Arts Research Center Fellowship, and the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. A child of the suburbs, he fell in love with cities while working as a bicycle messenger in Dublin, Ireland, and has been fascinated with them ever since.

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Ben Leavitt
Designer

As the child of a metal sculptor, Ben took an early interest in the techniques of artistic form and material expression. Later during his undergraduate studies at Oberlin College, he took a generalist approach, completing an interdisciplinary degree in Environmental Studies along with minors in Politics and Studio Art. Upon graduation, Ben returned to his native Philadelphia and built skills in construction, initially through a year of service with Habitat for Humanity and subsequently through independent contract work in construction and carpentry. Soon after making a move to San Francisco, Ben decided architectural design would be a perfect confluence of these skills and interests. Equally concerned with the social and technical aspects of architecture, Ben achieved a Master of Architecture from California College of the Arts. When he’s not working in the studio, Ben enjoys exploring the urban and bucolic parts of the Bay Area by bicycle, improvising fresh cooked meals, and delving into his diverse record collection.

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Cassie McDonald
Designer

Cassiopea gained her Bachelors of Architecture at California College of the Arts, focusing her education on urban and community design while working in conjunction with various nonprofit agencies both at home and abroad. While there she was the recipient of several awards, including the Jury Honorable Mention and AIA Emerging Leader Scholarship. Since, she has continued to be inspired by the interaction of the built environment in social justice and reform. When not traveling the globe or backpacking some remote location, she can be found constantly creating, be it jewelry, furniture or a healthy dinner.

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Lex Phelan
Project Designer

Lexie was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania. Through her explorations while studying at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, her time living in Shanghai, China and her experience working as a licensed architect in Germany, Lexie came to recognize the profound but often dismissed effects of our surrounding built environment on us and developed a strong interest in a sensory approach to the design of spaces and their materiality. When not designing, Lexie can be found riding her bike or skating around the Bay, playing roller derby or petting a dog in the corner.

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Tali Reicher
Finance Manager

Tali grew up on an artists’ commune in rural Sonoma County where the free-spirit Kool Aid flowed. She escaped, spirit intact, to attend UC Berkeley with a major in Economics (surprising her parents for sure). Putting that degree to good use, Tali decided to pursue a Masters in Education and become a passionate teacher and teacher educator at Mills College in Oakland. After a stint as a stay-at-home parent (to three gorgeous children), she ran the business end of a metal fabrication shop where she learned a few things about design and a lot of things about the construction business. Tali joined envelopeA+D in the Spring of 2015 where she spends her days building and analyzing beautiful spreadsheets and telling people to stop spending money.

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Clarke Selman
Expeditor

For the last decade, Clarke has been designing, fabricating and producing art installations around the globe. Educated at St. John's College, UC Berkeley and Harvard, Clarke took to handicraft shortly after completing school. Contemporaneously with his work in the art world, Clarke was introduced to envelopeA+D through his work crafting bespoke woodworking for their clients as part of his high-end luxury cabinet and furniture making practice in Oakland. Drawing upon his experience within the trades, Clarke joined the firm as expeditor in 2010 to liaise between contractors, clients, designers, architects, city inspectors and planners. After taking some time off to do a tour through corporate America, Clarke returned to envelopeA+D to streamline and facilitate special projects. If he isn't busy expediting, he can probably be found hiking across some rugged wilderness or canoeing around the bay.

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Laura van den Bosch
Project Manager

Laura was raised in a quiet town on the shores of Lake Michigan. As a designer, she believes that sensitivity to the landscape and an enhanced relationship to the surrounding environment are fundamental to intelligent design. She strives to discover a sense of place through natural light rhythms, wind movement, and carefully composed views, and she savors the moments when structures are able to harmonize through materials and textures. Additionally, Laura appreciates the freedom and process of making with her hands, and she considers sketching and painting to be her primary tools for communication. Laura can be found hiking in the woods, snapping photographs on the coast, enjoying a vinyl record at home while perfecting a baking recipe, or riding her bike through the neighborhood. Laura is a Registered Architect in California. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and History of Art from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.