Mary Burnham Architect

Mary Burnham, AIA, Partner

Mary Burnham brings highly regarded expertise to cultural, educational, commercial, and residential projects. She views architecture as a multi-disciplinary process that blurs the lines between context, buildings, landscapes, and interiors.  With a perceptive ability to grasp a project’s big picture, she is also highly skilled in designing at all scales large and small, and attending to its smallest details.

Mary brings an acute experiential and humanistic perspective to design.  As leader of the multi-phased St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s School project, the school transformed from a conventional mid-20th century model to a progressive 21st century school paradigm. In a project for New York University, Mary’s design of the Abu Dhabi Institute provides a remote academic and cultural portal for the new NYU campus in the United Arab Emirates. The design created a nexus of high-tech, flexible communal spaces with a design vocabulary that evokes the desert environment of Abu Dhabi.  Mary has created technology-savvy workspaces across the city. Her design of new offices for Union Square Ventures as an “ideas incubator” expressed the firm’s edgy profile.

Mary graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Art & Architectural History, and received a Master of Architecture from Yale University School of Architecture, where she received the Robert Allen Ward Award. She has served as a critic on design juries at Pratt, Parsons, and Yale. Mary currently serves on the Board of the Architectural League of New York, has served on the Honors Committee of the New York Chapter of the AIA and is the Founding Board Chair of Lighthouse Works, an artists’ resident fellowship program.