Prof. Mark Burry
Professor Mark Burry is one of the most influential architects of his generation, establishing a reputation as a thought leader in the domain of smart cities and cities research. He is an Order of Australia (OA) recipient for his distinguished service to architecture, awarded in the 2018 Australia Day Honours. Mark’s innovative approach to architecture has been felt the world-over, tackling a number of demographic challenges in an attempt to create accessible cities to their resident populations as part of his involvement with the University of Melbourne’s Urban Futures program.
Professor Burry is perhaps most famed for his role as the executive architect and lead researcher at the Sagrada Família Basílica, tasked with reverse engineering models originally designed by the late Antoni Gaudí in order to complete the famed Barcelona cathedral. Mark worked on the structure until 2016, after beginning work in 1979 immediately following the completion of his Architecture degree at Cambridge University.
Following his extensive involvement with the Sagrada Família Basílica, Mark will lead Swinburne’s upstart Smart Cities Research Institute as the Foundation Director, where he will tackle a number of research themes encompassing: new urban governance, future urban mobility, smart spaces for home and work and future urban infrastructure, services and delivery systems. In addition, Professor Burry will also consult with the Centre for Design Innovation on a number of projects, with a particular focus on the Architecture and Habitat program upstart.