Mark Burry

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Mark Cameron Burry (born 24 February 1957) is a New Zealand architect,[1] he is the Professor of Urban Futures at the Melbourne School of Design at The University of Melbourne. Previous to that, he was 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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