Taylor & Burns is an architecture studio founded in 1990 by Robert Taylor and Carol Burns, who craft each project with personal care and everyday hands-on leadership of design teams. We incorporated as Taylor MacDougall Burns from 1994 to 2000.

In our practice the goal is to design buildings and places that, in their composition, character and detail, embody the mission and values of those groups who commission architecture. We see architecture as the aspiration toward excellence in the art of construction.

We make buildings and places that relate to and shape their setting, natural and architectural, that capture and animate outdoor space as free exterior extension of the built area directly benefiting the people and activity inside.  We configure places where one can look out and see back in, that on even a small footprint can create layers of wonder and expanse while moving through. Spaces around buildings are as significant as the buildings themselves.

Carol and Robert respond with agility in navigating design projects along the journey from initial concept to realization, and enjoy collaborating with the people who contribute to the work along the way. As owner-operators able to deploy resources. 



Principal, AIA, LEED-Associate
rt [at] taylorburns.com

Robert Taylor has more than thirty years of experience as a leader of design teams formed for unique projects driven by cost and schedule. Robert pursues appropriate environmentally-responsible strategies on each project. With experience in a broad range of projects types, including design for education from K through college in the public and private sectors, Robert has recently focused on design of “big room” spaces for meetings and gatherings, often requiring special care for proportions, mechanical design, and acoustics. Robert oversees the firm’s drawing production and construction administration. 



Principal, FAIA, LEED-AP
cb [at] taylorburns.com

Carol Burns, an architect, educator, and author, has nationally-recognized expertise in integrating architectural design within its larger site context. She has specialized experience with design studies including programming, feasibility, and master plans. Bringing a passion for clear communication with complex client groups, her focus on preliminary services has provided to projects subsequently designed and built the invaluable benefit of testing preliminary concepts against real conditions in terms of buildability and cost control. Carol has most recently concentrated on design of buildings and interiors for not-for-profit and community organizations.