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David Burke

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


David is a collaborator.  His experience spans over 20 years coordinating large project teams and delivering complex innovative projects.  Driven by supportive office culture and strong team spirit, he brings to any architectural challenge, enthusiasm, leadership, and a deep understanding of how buildings go together.

His work over the last decade has centered around improving the urban realm and embracing community. He has been dedicated to improving the built environ-ment though a steadfast commitment to our shared community and our natural environment.

David’s projects express a strong sense of architectur-al and structural legibility that celebrate engineering, building material, and architectural finish.  Working at all scales and phases, his design sensibility is deliberate, thought provoking and creative.  

Recent projects as founder of David Burke Architects include the Vassar College Thompson Library Visioning Study and the historic Ritz Theater renovation in Newburgh, NY.  


Prior to founding DBA, David managed and delivered several highly complex projects as Principal at Grimshaw Architects.  These include the Arizona State University’s Rob and Melani Walton Center for Planetary Health, the Herbert Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence and the Duke University Brodhead Center for Campus Life.   He also worked directly with several city agencies over the course of 15 years to deliver the Above Ground Buildings at the Croton Water Filtration Plant in Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx NY.







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

Community, Arts, and Education

Vassar College Libraries Visioning Study. Poughkeepsie, NY
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Classroom Redesign. Poughkeepsie, NY The Historic Ritz Theater Renovation.  Newburgh, NY
Johns Hopkins Student Center Competition.  Baltimore, MD
Arizona State University Walton Center for Planetary Health .  
Tempe, AZ
University of Florida Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence.
Gainesville, FL
Duke University Brodhead Center for Campus Life.  Durham, NC
Mosholu Golf Course/Croton Above Ground Buildings and Landscape. 
Bronx, NY
Williams Village Mixed-use Development.  Boulder, CO
Canary South Mixed-use Development. London UK
Boston City Hall & Plaza Planning Study.  Boston, MA
Wellesley College Science Center Planning Study.  Wellesley, MA
Fulton Transit Center.  New York, NY
Queens Museum.  Queens, NY
Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).  Troy, NY

Home and Habitat

Anderson Library.  Beacon, NY
Yellin Residence. Putnam Valley, NY
Hearst Residence. Putnam Valley, NY
Capuano Residence.  Pine Plains, NY
Bayne Residence.  Garrison, NY
Barn Re-imagined.  Islesboro, ME

Special Projects

AT&T Global Olympic Village.  Atlanta, GA
FleetBoston Pavilion.  Boston, MA
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.  Buffalo, NY
Deployable Enclosure for Earth Summit 3, UN Commission for Sustainability


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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