People

Melissa Burns, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Academic Planning & Design

Principal

Melissa has experience on a broad range of projects for government, college and university clients. With a focus on academic facilities at undergraduate institutions, she has been responsible for strategic planning, programming, design implementation, engineering coordination, managing the production of construction documents and construction administration. These projects often include complex renovations and technical laboratory spaces that benefit from her years of experience.

Melissa is a LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of the American Institute of Architects. She has also been certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Publications

Academic Planning & Design Expert Melissa Burns & Studio Design Principal John Smith share insights into how designers can ensure safety, flexibility and promote collaboration in maker spaces in an article by Tradeline

Research shows that environments that embrace the outdoors not only improve productivity and increase interaction, but they are critical to successfully creating spaces where people want to study, create, work, and live. More

College and university makerspaces provide key opportunities for academic and entrepreneurial innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and ways to facilitate new paradigms for learning and teaching, but importantly, they can also provide the campus with a renewed sense of community. More

Our feature in Tradeline reports on how the increased focus on STEM across higher education has a pronounced impact on liberal arts colleges, typically resulting in new construction or the renovation of existing science buildings.