Melissa Burns AIA, LEED AP BD+C


Academic Planning & Design


I am a problem solver, and I think it's important to recognize that not every problem and solution is the same for every project or institution.

In my 15 years at EYP, I have cultivated a range of experience in academic buildings – whether it is Student Services, Integrated Science Complexes, Engineering Teaching Labs, or a Maker Space – I'm in! I've been responsible for strategic planning, programming, design implementation, engineering coordination, documentation, and construction administration. I especially enjoy projects that involve complex renovations and technical laboratory spaces.

What gets me up in the morning? All the great people I get to work with! I love making personal connections with colleagues and clients. Collaboration on a complicated lab renovation is just more fun when we also catch up on a Netflix series or talk about our kids playing baseball.

That same connection is essential for translating a large project vision into the details of your project. Not every project is a breeze — the best projects go through multiple iterations to find the solution that fits. Communication is key to ensuring tasks are understood, deadlines are clear, and the end product matches your vision and mission.