Douglas Burnham

Douglas Burnham is an architect and entrepreneur, designing buildings, environments, and strategic solutions for individuals, organizations, and communities. A practicing architect for more than twenty-five years, Douglas founded Envelope Architecture + Design in 2002 as a collaborative setting for the production of meaningful works of architecture, design, and public space. In 2012, Douglas gained international recognition for PROXY, a pioneering temporary cultural hub presenting film, music, food, and fitness in the heart of San Francisco. He speaks and consults widely on interim use as a strategic tool for cities and organizations, and is applying this design thinking to projects from Tucson, Arizona, to San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point and Tenderloin neighborhoods. His signature works span scales and typologies — from the Hollywood Hills House, recently featured in Wallpaper*, and the Pier 24 photography archive in San Francisco, to the temporary and new kitchens for The French Laundry (the latter in collaboration with Snøhetta). A past chair of the SFMOMA Architecture + Design Forum, Douglas currently serves on the Headlands Center for the Arts Audience Engagement Committee. In 2015, he founded HERE FOR NOW, a nonprofit dedicated to creating centers of cultural vibrancy through temporary art and design interventions.

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