Keynote: Mark Burry

Keynote: Mark Burry

Professor Mark Burry has published internationally on two main themes: the life and work of the architect Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona, and putting theory into practice with regard to ‘challenging’ architecture; he has also published widely on broader issues of design, construction and the use of computers in design theory and practice. As consultant architect to the Temple Sagrada Família since 1979, Mark Burry has been a key member within the local design team based on site in Barcelona, untangling the mysteries of Gaudí’s compositional strategies for his greatest work, especially those coming from his later years, the implications of which are only now becoming fully apparent as they are resolved for building purposes. On February 18 2004, in recognition of his contribution to this project, Professor Burry was given the prestigious award … ‘Diploma i la insignia a l’acadèmic corresponent’ and the title Senyor Il.lustre by the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi. In May 2006 Mark was awarded an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship and he was recently the recipient of the USA Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) Award for Innovative Research.

Professor Burry is director of RMIT’s state-of-the-art Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL), which has been established as a holistic transdisciplinary research environment dedicated to almost all aspects of contemporary spatial design activity. The laboratory focuses on collocated design research and undergraduate and postgraduate teaching with associated advanced computer applications and the rapid prototyping of ideas. The laboratory has a design-practice emphasis and acts as a creative think-tank accessible to both local and international practices, including ARUP in Melbourne and London, dECOi in Paris and Gehry Partners in Los Angeles.

Professor Burry is the founding Director of RMIT University’s new research initiative, the Design Institute. The Institute facilitates User led design leading to new understandings, innovative products and enhanced performance and well-being. The Design Institute is funding five major research projects and seeding a number of smaller projects. The research program responds to focussed scenarios that cross RMIT disciplines from aeronautical engineering to fashion and from landscape architecture to applied communications. This challenges traditional design methodologies through an outcome focus and leads to new transdisciplinary ways of working and innovative real and virtual design solutions. Initial research projects are: Customising Space, Rapid Manufacture, Intervention through Art, Geoplaced Knowledges and Urban Liveability.

The Design Institute projects will result in refereed articles and books, programs, studies, products and key note conference presentations. The event program will include national and international lectures, symposia, exhibitions and sound performances engaging with the RMIT community and extending to the external design sector and general public. Both research and event partnerships with local, national and international education, industry and government individuals and sectors will characterise the program. The 2008 budget is $1.2m.

Professor of Innovation (Spatial Information Architecture) and Director of Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Founding Director, RMIT University’s Design Institute

Executive Architect and Researcher to the Temple Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain.

Visiting Professor, Liverpool University, UK.

Professorial Research Fellow, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand.

Conjoint Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia.

Member of the Advisory Board of Gehry Technologies, Los Angeles, USA.

Member of Australian Research Council College of Experts.

Chair of the Research Leaders Group Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID)

Member of Victorian State of Design Advisory Council