Professor Mark Burry is the founding Director of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University’s Design Research Institute (DRI). Established in 2008, DRI positions design research’s role as an explorer and tester of design options focusing on the challenges of urbanization and growing cities of the future. With this urban focus, DRI’s supports three flagships: Future Fabric of Cities, Mediated City, and Urban Technology Nexus.
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Together these flagships foster and support a transdisciplinary approach to design research at the intersection of design education, research, industry and practice. The Institute brings over 100 university design researchers to the table along with their industry, government and community partners together in order to access and stimulate a broad spectrum of design thinking. Projects are speculative and practical initiatives; applicable to the ways we live and work, create culture and communities, plan and navigate our world. The Institute contributes to an understanding of the value of design and the role of design research among diverse communities and audiences.
Prior to 2012, Mark was the Director of RMIT’s state-of-the-art Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) where he led the establishment of a holistic spatial design research environment dedicated to all aspects of contemporary spatial design. The laboratory focuses on collocated design research and undergraduate and postgraduate teaching with associated advanced computer applications and the rapid prototyping of ideas. The laboratory has a design-practice emphasis and acts as a creative think-tank accessible to both local and international practices, including ARUP in Melbourne and London, dECOi in Paris and Gehry Partners in Los Angeles.