Dean of Swinburne’s School of Design, Professor Jane Burry, has been awarded the 2020 Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) Teaching Award of Excellence.
The ACADIA awards are internationally recognised and this particular award recognises innovative teaching in the field of digital design in architecture, particularly teaching approaches that can be adopted by other educators.
“This award recognises Jane Burry’s impact as an educator and author. Her body of published work serves as a touchstone for students and teachers alike to advance and disseminate the education of the architect through the lens of mathematics in contemporary design,” says the jury’s citation.
Professor Burry says the recognition is a wonderful surprise and that she feels humbled to be recognised.
“It is a wonderful surprise and a very deep honour to receive the prestigious ACADIA Teaching Award of Excellence. This award recognizes innovative teaching in the field of digital design in architecture, particularly teaching approaches that can be adopted by other educators. I feel quite humbled to be recognised in this way,” she says.
She goes on to say that it is incredibly fitting she receive this citation while a part of the Swinburne community.
“I think that this award citation is incredibly apt for Swinburne as a ‘university of technology’ with such an established School of Design so closely aligned with science, technology and innovation.”
Since joining Swinburne in 2017, Professor Burry has overseen the introduction of an architecture program that embraces digital technology, including digital fabrication and advanced construction, designing with microclimate to benefit human wellbeing, reducing the carbon footprint of architecture, and integrating urban informatics to the design of better cities.
“Already the program is recognised globally for its quality and leadership in the field,” she says.
“Design at Swinburne provides the platforms to both explore future technology and innovation, and to advance and disseminate science, technology and innovation through our communication design strengths in information, data, print and digital media design.
“Our teaching and research is highly integrated, socially motivated and impactful. The recognition we are receiving through this and other recent awards highlights the outstanding quality of the work across the school.”
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