Mark Burry

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Mark Cameron Burry (born 24 February 1957) is a New Zealand architect,[1] who is the Professor of Innovation and Director of the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory and founding Director of the Design Research Institute at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.[2] He is also executive architect and researcher at the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.[3]

Early life and family[edit]

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1957, Burry is the son of All Black Hugh Burry.[4] He studied architecture at the University of Cambridge, receiving a BA in architecture in 1979, a Diploma in Architecture in 1982 and an MA in architecture in 1989.

Research, collaboration and teaching[edit]

Previously, Burry has been a visiting professor at University of Liverpool,[5] the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and Victoria University of Wellington. He has collaborated with Gehry Partners LLP, dECOi Paris,[6] Foster and Partners and Arup and was a member of the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council in 2005 as part of the working group examining the role of creativity in the innovation economy.[7]



Burry has published widely on the Sagrada Família, digital architecture and design computing. He is a member of the Architectural Design editorial board.[12]


  • The Innovation Imperative: Architecture of Vitality (with Pia Ednie-Brown and Andrew Burrow), Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 9781119978657
  • Scripting Cultures: Architectural Design and Programming, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2011, ISBN 9780470746417
  • Sagrada Familia sXXI: Gaud ara-ahora-now (with Jordi Coll Grifoll and Josep Gomez Serrano), Ediciones UPC: Barcelona, 2010, ISBN 9788498803990
  • The New Mathematics of Architecture (with Jane Burry), London: Thames & Hudson, 2010, ISBN 9780500342640
  • Gaudi Unseen: Completing the Sagrada Familia (ed.), JOVIS Verlag: Berlin, 3008, ISBN 9783939633785
  • La Sagrada Família: de Gaudí al CAD (with Jordi Coll, Josep Gomez, Juan Melero), Ediciones UPC: Barcelona, 1996, 9788483011485
  • The Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Família, London: Phaidon Press, 1993, ISBN 9780714828497


  1. ^ McIntyre, Janet. "Gaudi's Legacy". Foreign Correspondent. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Professor Mark Burry". Design Research Institute. RMIT University. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Crittenden, Stephen (2012-02-11). "Gaudi from The Grave". The Global Mail. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Barton, Chris (15 January 2011). "A Kiwi completes Spain's grand design". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Staff directory". School of Architecture. University of Liverpool. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Team". dECOi Architects. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Role of Creativity in the Innovation Economy" (PDF). The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. Australian Government. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Federation Fellowships Selection Report for Funding commencing in 2006". Australian Research Council. Australian Government. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Awards". ACADIA. Association for Computer Aided Design In Architecture. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Melbourne Achiever Awards". Committee for Melbourne. Committee for Melbourne. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Burry, Mark Cameron". Curriculums of the Academicians. Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Editorial Board". Architectural Design Magazine. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

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