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David Burke

BArch (Hons), AIA, NCARB, LEED AP Architect


David understands the complexity and intensive coordination it takes to deliver large scale, high performance projects. His experience, enthusiasm, and penchant for innovation has resulted in inspiring projects across a range of sectors.


David’s design sensibility has always reflected a clear practicality. Guided by a commitment to planning and structural rigor, David’s projects express a strong sense of architectural and structural legibility that celebrate the use of structural and mechanical engineering, building material and architectural finish. The search to further the development of the industry has guided his work throughout his career.


Much of David’s work has centered around improving the public realm and the human environment. His focus spans from the residential sector to the institutional, whether a single-family residence to a public park, museum or college union building, David is committed to “the one, or the many.”


Learning and exploration has been a constant theme in David’s life. His recent projects with Grimshaw Architects include the Arizona State University Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building 7, the University of Florida Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence and the Duke University Brodhead Center for Campus Life.


David's professional experience includes the Athletes’ Pavilion at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and a deployable exhibition enclosure for the UN Commission for Sustainable Development’s Earth Summit 3, and the design and fabrication of lightweight, kinetic and deployable structures for events and exhibitions.







Registered Architect, State of Massachusetts 

Part 2 Qualification, Architects Registration Board, UK Certificate, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Registered Architect, State of New York Bachelor of Architecture, Pratt Institute / University of Copenhagen

Professional Career

2016- Present





DBA, New York. Owner, Architect

Grimshaw; New York; Principal

HLM Design International; London; Project Manager

Gensler; Gensler New York; Project Architect

FTL Happold; New York; Technician / Project Architect

Speaking & Engagements






AIA National Convention, Atlanta, GA - People Oriented Cities: Smart Growth Through Sustainable Transport

Greenbuild - Infrastructure, Resilience, and Public Space

Forum for Resiliency - Innovations in Urban Infastructure

ASA Phoenix - Policy Design Collaboration: Sustainability in Action - The Croton Water Filtration Plant Above Ground Buildings and Landscape

Colombia Building Intelligence Project (C-BIP) Brooklyn - Connections


Home & Habitat

Radzinski Residence, Rockport MA

McGiver Residence, Scarsdale NY

Summer Home, Islesboro ME

Nordberg Residence, New York, NY

Byng Street Redevelopment & Isle of Dogs Fire Station, London, UK


Community, Arts & Education

The Ritz Theater Redesign and Restoration

Williams Village Mixed-use Development, Boulder, CO

Boston City Hall & Plaza Study, Boston, MA

Mosholu Golf Course/Croton Above Ground Buildings and Landscape, The Bronx, NY

Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Troy, NY Fulton Center, New York, NY Queens Museum, Queens, NY

Johns Hopkins Student Center, Johns Hopkins University

Arizona State University Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building 7, Tempe, AZ

Duke University Brodhead Center for Campus Life, Durham, NC

University of Florida Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence, Gainesville, FL

Wellesley College Science Center Planning Study, Wellesley, MA


Special Projects

AT&T Global Olympic Village, Atlanta, GA

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY

Deployable Enclosure for Earth Summit 3, UN Commission for Sustainable Development FleetBoston Performing Arts Center, Boston, MA

Grand Central Station Automated Canopies, New York, NY


2019 - 2021       Pratt Institute, The Undergraduate School of Architecture, Center                                   for Experimental Structures (CES), Visiting Associate Professor:                                     ‘Morphology in Practice–Form, Space, Analog,’ Fall/Spring Semester

2014 - 2019       Columbia University, The Graduate School of Architecture,                                               Planning and Preservation, Adjunct Assistant Professor of                                               Architecture, Planning and Preservation: ‘Architectural Technology                                 IV: Building'

Boards & Associations

2014 - Present    City of Beacon Planning Board

2012                     City of Beacon Comprehensive Plan Committee










SCUP Outstanding Achievement in Integrated Planning and Design, Duke University Brodhead Center

AJ Retrofit Awards International Retrofit Project, Duke University Brodhead Center

ENR Southeast Higher Education/Research Award of Merit, Duke University Brodhead Center

Architects’ Journal AJ120 Building of the Year, Fulton Center

NYC Public Design Commission Award for Excellence in Design, Croton Water Treatment Plant, Mosholu Golf Course, Van Cortlandt Park

AIA New York State Honors Award, EMPAC

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