Here are a few of the many distinguished, talented and interesting people in our community. Read about Seamus Curtin, Pip Piper, Mary Casey and Judy McKoy, Dave VerrinderHelen and John ChipperBarry CookColleen Ward, Russell Plume, Kelvin Berryman, Vince Langford, Xoe Hall and Sol Weinstein, Professor Mark Cameron Burry , Allan Dodson, Tim Sheppard.


Kelvin Berryman



Professor Mark Cameron Burry


Photos and text by Taffy Parry added 11 January 2014

Plimmerton people who tune into TV 60 Minutes this coming week will see an interview with Prof Mark Burry (son of Dr Huw Burry who used to live in Airlie Rd) who has been one of the leading architects evolving and intepreting Gaudi's vision........the image was taken by me during a visit to Barcelona Sept 2013. The background is the bronze doors leading into the Sagrada Familia.




More information about Professor Mark Burry found on the internet:

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. 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.

Since 1979, Professor Burry has been a key member of the Sagrada Família Basilica design team based on site in Barcelona. For over three decades he has been helping untangle the mysteries of Gaudí's compositional strategies for his greatest work. In 2004, in recognition of his contribution to the Sagrada Família Basilica project, the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi awarded Professor Burry with their prestigious Diploma i la insignia a l'acadèmic corresponent with the title Il·lustríssim Senyor by the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi.

In May 2006 Burry was awarded an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship, one of Australia's most prestigious Fellowships, in acknowledgment of his international leadership in the field of 'complex architecture and convergent design. The majority of these grants are awarded to people in the science and technology areas, with just one or two awarded to people in the creative arts and humanities disciplines. In 2006 he was also recipient of the USA Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) annual Award for Innovative Research, and in 2012 he was awarded the Biennial Sasada Award by The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA.) This award is given to, "an individual whose sustained record of contributions demonstrates or promises significant impact on the field of computer aided design."

Lectures are free and open to the public. They are located in the Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall, on the University Park campus. No reservations are required. Parking is available on campus at Gate 1 off Exposition Blvd.


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