David Burns is a researcher, architectural designer, curator, and artist. His research intersects architecture, photography, and politics. His practice examines architectural conventions of repetition, redundancy, and reflection through site-specific architectural interventions. He co-founded the curatorial collective N in 2010 with Sam Spurr and Adrian Lahoud. ( In 2016 he established N Editions to publish limited edition books, art, and music. (

David is a regular commentator on the intersections of architecture and art and has organized and participated public programming for Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, and Arts Centre Melbourne. He has curated and contributed to exhibitions on architecture, art, and design in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

David holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee. He has worked as an architect and designer for Asymptote Architecture, the Guggenheim Museum, and Holabird and Root.

Since 2001 he has taught at universities in the United States, Australia, and the U.K. in faculties of design, art, and architecture. He began his academic career in 2001 as the Paul Rudolph Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Auburn University. From 2003-2007 he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and from 2006-2007 served as a Visiting Professor at the CMU Entertainment Technology Center.

In 2008 he began teaching at the University of Technology Sydney School of Architecture and in 2009 was hired to initiate the new curricula in Photography and Situated Media in the UTS School of Design. He served as Director for Photography and Situated Media from 2009-2015.

David is currently Coordinator of Media Studies at the Royal College of Art School of Architecture in London and a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.