Chuck Burleigh was born in 1955 and grew up in the Boston suburb of Winchester, Massachusetts. He came to Parsons School of Design directly from high school, earning a BFA in Environmental Design in 1977. Upon graduating, Burleigh went straight into the design world, working first for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, then designing for commercial and residential clients at a number of firms.
A project of which Burleigh is particularly proud is the 1989 design of the national headquarters of the Natural Resources Defense Council. One of the first environmentally conscious office interiors, the project won several honors including Interiors magazine 1991 National Award for Socially Conscious Design, and the AIA 1991 Committee on the Environment's “Top Ten.” It is recognized as a seminal sustainable project and the cornerstone for many initiatives that characterize this still emerging field. In 1996, Burleigh opened his own office, specializing in high-end residential interiors. He currently serves as director of Interior Design for the interiors division of Allan Greenberg Architect.
Burleigh has served on the board of Manitoga /The Russell Wright Design Center in Garrison, New York and, for the last five years, on the vestry of the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields in lower Manhattan. Burleigh and his husband, Lithgow Osborne, recently curated and designed an exhibition for the opening of 1stdibs, the company's first showroom, featuring sixty dealers at the New York Design Center. Burleigh and Osborne recently completed renovations on a new home in Garrison, a formerly fire-gutted 1960s ranch style house.
Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons (1955-1985) oral history project