Edward Burian, M.Arch


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Edward R. Burian is an architect who explores the contemporary conditions of place, sensory experience, and materials. A native of Los Angeles, CA, he received his Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the University of Southern California and his Masters of Architecture from Yale. His professional practice in the American Southwest includes multi-family housing, commercial, institutional, and adaptive reuse projects. His recently completed professional projects include a sustainable recreation facility and residences in Tucson, AZ, as well as residential projects in Los Angeles, CA. His architectural projects in the American Southwest have appeared in regional and national publications and also won regional design awards.

A widely published scholar on the architecture of Mexico, he is particularly interested in undervalued aspects of the architectural culture of the region. He edited and wrote Modernity and the Architecture of Mexico (University of Texas Press, 1997) that was translated into Spanish as Modernidad y arquitectura en México (Gustavo Gili, 1998). His recent book, The Architecture and Cities of Northern Mexico from Independence to Present (University of Texas Press, 2015), explores the undervalued architectural culture of Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora, Sinaloa, and Baja California. His essays have also appeared in a number of books including Reforma 27/Alberto Kalach (Arquine and Editorial RM, 2015), Technology and Culture in Twentieth Century Mexico (University of Alabama Press, 2013), Arquitech/Juan José Sánchez Aedo: Intersecciones 2010-2011 (Arquine/Editorial RM, 2012), Landa García Landa Arquitectos, Monterrey, México (Arquine /Editorial RM, 2006), Cruelty and Utopia: Cities and Landscapes of Latin America (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005); as well as leading journals such as “Arquine” (Mexico), “Artes de México” (Mexico), “A+U” (Japan), “Perspecta: The Yale Architecture Journal” (USA), and “Praxis Journal” (USA), among others. His publications have been cited and referenced over 260 times, widely disseminated in over 380 libraries worldwide, and used as texts in leading universities in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe.

He has taught at several schools of architecture in the American Southwest, and has been invited as a visiting professor in Mexico at the UDEM and ITESM in Monterrey, NL and the UNAM in Mexico City. He has also been invited as a visiting critic at a number of schools of architecture in the U.S. including Columbia, Yale, SCI-ARC, USC, Rice, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Houston, among others. Currently he is a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the Department of Architecture.

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