Carrie Meinberg Burke, AIA



Carrie co-founded Parabola Architecture with Kevin Burke in 2010.

Carrie’s work evolves form from the forces of nature, drawing upon her expertise in calibrating light and human perception. She finds inspiration in designing the nuances of sensorial experience, applying technical rigor at a range of scales.

Parabola’s built work includes 1212 Bordeaux for Google, offices in New York City and San Francisco for First Look Media, and the development of Google’s workplace design process and Global Project Guide. Carrie was lead designer and contractor for Timepiece, Parabola’s live/work “laboratory”, and for an ecologically aspirational residence in California.

Carrie received a Masters in Architecture from Yale, and Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and studied at the Architectural Association, London.

Awards with Parabola include ILFI Biophilic Design Award (finalist), Architectural Record “Good Design is Good Business”, and DBIA Western Regional award for 1212 Bordeaux and the Virginia AIA Award for Design Excellence for Timepiece. Carrie was the Esherick Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley with Kevin Burke.

Carrie’s other design awards include the Yale Feldman Prize for “Design Solutions that Achieve the Practical and the Poetic”; the Richard Kelly Grant for Innovative Lighting Design; and a National Science Foundation EFRI-SEED grant for interdisciplinary engineering research.

Kevin Burke, AIA



Kevin is a recognized leader in integrated design. His award-winning designs have achieved the highest levels of environmental performance while creating inspiring places of community, connectivity and well-being.

Kevin co-founded Parabola with Carrie Meinberg Burke in 2010. Parabola’s holistic design approach is embodied in 1212 Bordeaux, Google’s first completed ground-up construction. 1212 Bordeaux recently received Architectural Record’s “Good Design is Good Business” award, and was a finalist in ILFI’s Biophilic Design Award. Additional work with Parabola includes the New York City offices of First Look Media, and the development of Google’s workplace design process and Global Project Guide.

Prior to Parabola, Kevin was managing partner at William McDonough + Partners. He directed the 50-person international practice, and opened studios in San Francisco and Amsterdam. Working closely with Bill McDonough, Kevin guided the firm’s implementation of the Cradle to Cradle sustainability protocol within the firm’s building and community designs.

Kevin’s diverse design portfolio with WM+P includes NASA’s Sustainability Base, the Adam Joseph Lewis Environmental Studies Center at Oberlin College, the Fuller Theological Seminary Worship Center, VMWare’s corporate campus in Palo Alto, and Google’s initial masterplan in Mountain View.

Kevin received his undergraduate degree in International Relations from Stanford University, and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Virginia. In 2010, he was the Esherick Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design with Carrie Meinberg Burke.

Ryan Carbone, Architectural Associate



Ryan’s work integrates site-specific factors and the social history of place to create thoughtful and authentic architecture. Drawn to architecture as a means of building imagined worlds within our perceived environment, he has pursued challenges that emphasize the nature of making. As a faculty lecturer at the University of Virginia, he has taught a range of courses including design studios on housing, iterative design, and urban interventions in parallel with workshops on visualization and communication strategies.

Ryan joined Parabola as a full-time consultant in November 2016, and previously worked as a designer and assistant project manager at Euclidean Construction in Chicago and Vidar Lerum Architects in Urbana, Illinois. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, with highest honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia, where he was the recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Medal.

Joseph Brookover, Architectural Associate



Joseph’s work is guided by thorough research and exploration of natural and human forces at play on a given site, designing to both reveal and shape these evolving socioecological conditions. Driven by an understanding that architecture reflects cultural values, he is interested in how the pairing of ancient knowledge and contemporary science can guide the design of the built environment to reflect society’s aspirations. He has edited, designed, and authored a variety of books and articles communicating the role of design research and architecture in addressing complex issues facing built environments.

Prior to joining Parabola in June 2018, Joseph worked as a research fellow with the University of Virginia’s Yamuna River Project in New Delhi, India, and has professional experience from firms in India, China, and Columbus, Ohio. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, magna cum laude, from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia, where he served as President of the Student Association of Graduate Architects and was the recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Certificate. His graduate design work received first place at the 9th International Biennial of Landscape Architecture and a 2016 Washington D.C. AIA Honor Award for Unbuilt Work.