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David Burke

Visiting Associate Professor


David Burke's interest in structural legibility, the crafting of details, the
use of progressive materials and the integration of appropriate
technologies has guided his work at Grimshaw, including primary roles
on some of the practice’s most notable North American projects.
David understands the complexity and intensive coordination it takes
to deliver large-scale, high-profile works. His honesty, enthusiasm,
practical approach and penchant for innovation have given him the
experience to deliver inspiring projects across a range of sectors.
Design for learning and exploration has been a consistent theme
across David’s portfolio, with recent projects including 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. In addition
to his work on college campuses, David has also contributed to a
number of significant museums and cultural attractions, including the
Queens Museum expansion and renovation, horno3: Museo del Acero in
Monterrey, and Earthpark, a conceptual series of enclosed Amazonian
rainforests and visitor centers.
Much of David’s work has centered around improving the public realm.
One of his first projects at Grimshaw was the design of Fulton Center,
Lower Manhattan’s expansive new transit hub. More recently, he led
the design team for the Above-Ground Structures and Landscape at
Croton Water Filtration Plant in the Bronx, NY, deftly weaving critical
city infrastructure with verdant public amenity. Outside of New York,
he worked on the Boston City Hall & Plaza redevelopment study and
concepts for Williams Village, a new mixed-use district in Boulder.
Prior to joining Grimshaw, David worked with a number of innovative,
design-oriented firms. His 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. His experience also includes the
design and fabrication of lightweight, kinetic and deployable structures
for events and exhibitions.
David is a Registered Architect in the States of New York and
Massachusetts, a LEED Accredited Professional and NCARB-certified.
He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects and
actively contributes to academic programs and lectures nationwide.

B.Arch, Pratt Institute