Principal and Founder
Douglas Burnham is founder and principal of envelope Architecture + Design (envelope A+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 envelope A+D.
Designer + Project Manager
Patrick comes to the field of architecture with an extensive background in computer science and a keen interest in technology’s influence on our understanding of place in the built environment. Patrick holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the California College of the Arts where he graduated with High Distinction, receiving awards in design, digital representation and building technology.
Designer + Project Manager
Grayson grew up in a back-to-the-land inspired household in Maine, which lent insights to the grittier qualities of food and building. Since joining envelope A+D, Grayson has attempted to supplement this understanding through bits of gloss afforded by technology. Alternately, Grayson hones his competitive edge by training for and playing quad rugby. Grayson took several top prizes upon earning his Bachelor’s of Architecture from the California College of the Arts, including the Henry J. Adams merit award.
Lauren grew up in Los Angeles proper, played soccer, and received her bachelor's degree in photography from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Lauren then spent a formative four years as a nun with the Poor Clare sisters, of Roswell, N.M. After four years Lauren lost her faith - and her creative interests began to drift from photography. She was, and still is, acutely attracted to the intelligently conceived and precisely crafted object and/or image. 380 miles later, in 2011, Lauren graduated from the M.Arch program at California College of the Arts. Since then Lauren has worked for envelope A+D. She plays soccer, pays her student loans, and produces beautiful things, which belie her incredibly active schedule.
Fabricator + Expeditor
Growing up at a small vineyard and winery in Oregon, Julian is well versed in the labour of love. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Julian moved back west to start his own furniture practice in Portland. Heavily Influenced by the act of making, Julian aims to find design solutions where the worlds of craft, material and function align.
Joseph earned his Master's of Architecture from the California College of the Arts in 2010 without winning many prestigious prizes. He joined envelope A+D that summer and has since been exploring what exactly architecture is through his own venn diagram; architecture / furniture / graphic design & photography. A passionate attention to craft and detail run through each of his interests, both digitally and handmade. His home is in a constant state of modification and his garage-turned-woodshop is always covered in fresh layers of sawdust. He imagines the kindly voice of Morgan Freeman when reading his bio.
David received his bachelors in economics from the University of California, San Diego, in 2001, and has worked in finance and accounting in the banking and nonprofit sectors. His expertise is in building business intelligence systems to help organizations understand the profitability of their business to make good decisions about project management and pricing. David is now studying to become an architect and is excited to be supporting envelopeA+D during his transition. He also serves as treasurer for Performing Arts Workshop, leads free walking tours of San Francisco, and enjoys going on motorcycle adventures throughout California.
Chloe found her passion for art and design at an early age through drawing classes at the Art Students League close to home in New York City. Her creative interests eventually brought her to the Rhode Island School of Design, where she discovered the emerging field of Interior Architecture. She was captivated by the field for its versatility; touching on furniture, textiles, industrial design and architecture and saw this as a opportunity to explore all of her interests at once. Chloe joined envelope A+D to help facilitate the design process through her current role as Studio Assistant and grow as a designer.
Designer + Project Manager
Lizzie received her undergraduate degree in furniture design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco. After a brief stint as a photo stylist back in Boston, she returned to (the newly re-branded) California College of Arts to explore her curiosities concerning the built environment, people, and space. Her Masters of Architecture included several competitive distinctions: Jury Prizes, Design Excellence Awards, and the highly regarded Thesis Prize. She has taught at CCA and continues to be active in the CCA community. Lizzie remains hungry to envision the future of design while bookmarking images of late ‘60s-early ‘70s muscle cars, which one day she will have...in white, of course.
Duncan earned his Bachelors of Architecture with distinction from the California College of The Arts in 2010. He also won several undergraduate awards including the History / Theory Award and the Award for Digital Representation. Duncan became a full-time member of the envelope A+D team upon his graduation in late 2010 after several months serving as an intern. Duncan resides in beautiful Sonoma county with his wife and their collection of horses and dogs. Additionally, Duncan trains for and competes in Ironman triathlons.