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David Burney

Academic Director of Urban Placemaking Management; Visiting Associate Professor

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David Burney is co-founder and Director of the Urban Placemaking and Management program at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture. The graduate MS program is the first in the country to focus on the emerging field of “placemaking” as an approach to urban and community design.
Mr. Burney chairs the board of Project for Public Spaces (PPS). PPS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build strong communities.
Mr. Burney served as a member of the New York City Planning Commission from 2019 t0 2022, as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction (“DDC”), from 2004 to 2014, and as Chief Architect of the New York City Housing Authority from 1990 to 2004
Dip. Arch., Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh; Dip. Arch., Kingston University, London; M.S., University of London.