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.
Claire spent her formative years in Seattle where she immersed herself in the worlds of design, music and skateboarding. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001, she moved to London where she worked for the interior design studio Precious McBane. The exchange rate and the skateboard industry brought Claire to San Francisco. While working as the style editor for ReadyMade Magazine, Claire hired envelopeA+D for an extensive renovation of her home; three days after the completion of the project, Claire began working with envelopeA+D. After relocating to Los Angeles, Claire continues to lead the interiors division of the studio, engaging in projects based in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. She spends her time scouring some of the best showrooms, flea markets and 99 cent stores in the country.
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 envelopeA+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.
Nathan is a designer, writer and visual artist based in Oakland, California. Prior to joining envelopeA+D, Nathan’s work leveraged 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 management of envelopeA+D’s PG&E Hunters Point project. A child of the suburbs, he fell in love with cities while working as a bicycle messenger in Dublin, Ireland, and he’s been fascinated with them ever since.
Lauren joined envelopeA+D as an intern in 2010 and then as a full-time designer in 2011. Lauren received a masters in architecture from California College of the Arts and holds a bachelors in photography from Art Center College of Design. She has had professional stints as both a commercial and residential designer, studio photographer, photo editor, and art gallery manager. Grappling with the application of material and form to space, time and context is both fun and fulfilling to her, but in her spare time she likes to go on long walks with her two spotted cattle dogs, and work on her ever-expanding heirloom tomato garden. Lauren was born and raised in Los Angeles and has recently returned there to be closer to the palm trees.
Bobby came from halfway around the world in the sunny tropics of Singapore to further his education. He received his Bachelors of Architecture with High Distinction at California College of the Arts. Bobby was the recipient of several awards including the BArch Book Award, Stout Book Award as well as Jury honorable mention. Having an interest in photography since a young age, Bobby could be found exploring the city through the lens of his camera in his free time.
Patrick hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has a soft spot for taking his coworkers on tours of frozen custard shops in the Midwest via Google Earth. Patrick graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and received a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan.
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.
Director of Communications
Lindsey grew up on a farm in rural Iowa and spent a lot of time wishing she lived in a place where you could get a pizza delivered right to your door (if in fact that was a thing that existed). After graduating from Northwestern University she went West, young man, and easily adapted to a life of hiking, pour over coffee and placing casual importance on astrological signs. Following a brief stint in wine PR, Lindsey landed at envelopeA+D and manages the digital presence, identity and public relations for both the studio and their PROXY project in San Francisco.
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.
Originally from San Jose, Kevin moved to San Francisco to attend the California College of the Arts where he received his Bachelors of Architecture with Distinction. He also received the Stout Book Award as well as Jury honorable mention and nominations. After interning for envelopeA+D during his final semester, Kevin became a full time member in 2013. When not at work he's probably enjoying one of his home-brewed beers or enjoying life in The City.
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 envelopeA+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.