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Professor Jane Burry

Dean, School of Design


Professor Jane Burry is the Dean of the School of Design in the Faculty of Health Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology, formerly Professor and Director of the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) at RMIT University.

Jane’s research focuses on mathematics and computing in contemporary design. She is lead author of The New Mathematics of Architecture, T&H, 2010, editor of Designing the Dynamic, Melbourne Books, 2013 and coauthor of Prototyping for Architects, T&H 2016 and has over eighty other publications. Jane has practiced, taught, supervised and researched internationally, including many architectural projects and involvement as a project architect in the technical office at Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família church in Barcelona.

Recent research explores the opportunities for leveraging digital fabrication with simulation and feedback to create better, more sensitive, human-centric spaces. By manipulating geometry and materiality within the design, architecture can fine tune the acoustic, thermal and air flow aesthetics for higher quality, energy efficient environments. Other partnered research investigates rich environmental data gathering and its application to designing better urban environments.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Architecture - 120100
  • Design Practice And Management - 120300

Further information

  • A preliminary investigation on the sound field properties in the Sagrada Familia Basilica
  • Air flow visualisation towards the design of breathing skins
  • Automated shape design by grammatical evolution
  • Breathable Cladding–Designing Climate-Adapted Filtering for Precipitation, Airflow and Luminance
  • Breathing skins for wind modulation through morphology: Toward integrating turbulence studies within tectonic scale for design of façade components
  • Capturing the Dynamics of Air in Design
  • Complex human auditory perception and simulated sound performance prediction
  • Design driven physical experimentation: a flexible wind sensing platform for architects
  • Furniture design using custom-optimised structural nodes
  • Humanizing Digital Reality: Design Modelling Symposium Paris 2017
  • Investigating the effects of the geometry on speech privacy of semi-enclosed meeting spaces
  • Negotiating Sound Performance and Advanced Manufacturing in Complex Architectural Design Modelling
  • Prototyping for architects
  • Reconsidering Pye’s theory of making through digital craft practice: A theoretical framework towards continuous designing
  • Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2016
  • SMARTNODES PAVILION Towards Custom-optimized Nodes Applications in Construction
  • Towards Intelligent Control in Generative Design
  • Workmanship of risk: continuous designing in digital fabrication


Also published as: Burry, Jane; Burry, J.; Burry, Jane R.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: Developing pedagogical solutions to linguistic and cultural barriers in design education supporting Asian architecture students *; Office for Learning and Teaching Innovation and Development Program
  • 2017: Media art as urban storytelling: Australian opportunities for data-driven content on large format screens *; MIRVAC Funding Scheme
  • 2017: Swarming: micro-flight data capture and analysis in architectural design *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2017: The Sound of Space: Architecture for improved auditory performance in the age of digital manufacturing *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator