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Dr Richard Burnham

Richard Burnham

Lecturer

Room 116, Architecture & Design, Inveresk Campus

+61 3 6324 4486 (phone)

+61 3 6324 4477 (fax)

Richard.Burnham@utas.edu.au

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Design Studio 3
  • History and Theory in Design 5
  • Learning by Making (Elective)
  • Study Tour (Elective)

Profile

Dr Richard Burnham firmly believes community engagement is an important aspect to learning. In this respect, he feels architects, designers and academics have a responsibility in making their skills available to those who might otherwise have no access to them. He also sees the process of making as an integral part of designing.

Teaching and Research

With a background that includes involvement in projects developing low-cost housing and informal settlements in South Asia, Dr Burnham's students gain practical knowledge and experience in collaborative design/build projects that emphasize environmental and social sustainability.

Dr Burnham's teaching also embraces new design technology. He is passionate about exploring ways to apply the creative potential of digital fabrication, especially to non-design professionals such as school students.

He currently leads the Learning By Making Program that aims to create projects for students involving the design and fabrication of small public buildings and structures in collaboration with consultants and local authorities. This hands-on Program not only engages student groups in real world community projects but also fosters interpersonal skills and responsibility essential for successful project management.

A perfect example of this Program is the development of the self-contained mobile micro dwelling known as 'The Castle'. A collaboration with a local youth shelter, the micro-dwelling is designed and constructed for deployment to the backyards and driveways of households experiencing 'spatial stress', with the intention that young people at risk of homelessness are able to stay at home and maintain social networks. Castles are fabricated by unemployed young people as part of workplace and construction training. 

Another example is the 'The Playbox' developed in collaboration with the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office. The Playbox is a mobile facility to encourage creative and imaginative play by primary school students. The trailer-based structure unfolds to create a play space and contains a variety of objects, including milk-crates, traffic cones, pipes, pool noodles, tyres and hats. 

Industry Experience

One of Dr Burnham's high points in his own practice was the collaboration with an Indian non-government organisation in addressing ways to improve living conditions in slum upgrading projects. 

Current Positions and Memberships

Until recently, Dr Burnham served on the Youth Futures Management Committee.

Publications

Selected Recent Research

Burnham, R and Green, RB, 'The Castle: A Lean Micro-Dwelling', Journal of greenbuilding, 4 (Number 1 Winter) pp. 101 - 113. doi:10.3992/jgb.4.1.99 ISSN 1552-6100 (2009)

Burnham, R and Wallis, L, 'The Castle: A Long-term Community Partnership', Live Projects Designing with People, RMIT University Press, M Dodd, F Harrisson and E Charlesworth (ed), Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 186-191. ISBN 9781921426933 (2012)

Burnham, R and Holmstrom, K, 'Home and away', Proceedings of Across: Architectural Research through to Practice, 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2014, 10-13 December, Genoa, Italy, pp. 457-468. ISBN 978-0-9923835-1 -0 (2014)

Burnham, R and Wallis, L and Clayton, I and Green, R, 'Learning-by-making: high impact learning in design', Places & Spaces: Proceedings of the Teaching Matters 2014 Conference, 2-3 December 2014, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 3-14. (2014)

Tubby, R and Burnham, R and Green, R, 'Super Slob: The development of a parametric component jointing regime for standard sheet materials', Building on Knowledge, Theory and Practice: Proceedings of the 46th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, 14-16 November, Griffith University, Southport, Queensland, pp. 1-2. (2012)

Further Publications and Research (WARP Report) for Dr Richard Burnham

View more on Dr Richard Burnham in WARP

Fields of Research

  • Architectural Design (120101)
  • Architecture (120199)
  • Urban and Regional Planning (120599)
  • Building Science and Techniques (120202)
  • Architectural History and Theory (120103)
  • Environmental Management (050205)

Research Objectives

  • Construction (879999)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Construction (879899)
  • Residential Construction Design (870204)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (970117)
  • Civil Construction Design (870201)
  • Education and Training Systems (930599)
  • Curriculum (930399)
  • Learner and Learning Achievement (930101)
  • Teaching and Instruction (930299)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Education and Training (939999)
  • Teaching and Instruction Technologies (930203)
  • Industrial Construction Design (870203)
  • Management of Gaseous Waste from Construction Activities (excl. Greenhouse Gases) (879801)
  • Building Management and Services (870599)
  • Wood, Wood Products and Paper (860599)

Publications

Total publications

18

Journal Article

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Burnham R, Green RB, 'The Castle: A Lean Micro-Dwelling', Journal of greenbuilding, 4, (Number 1 Winter) pp. 101 - 113. ISSN 1552-6100 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3992/jgb.4.1.99 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Green RB

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1997Green R, Clayton IB, Burnham R, van der Schans G, Spence TR, et al., 'Two design projects for schools', CHASA refereed designs 1997 pp. 8-10. (1997) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Green R; Clayton IB; van der Schans G; Spence TR

Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2002Burnham R, 'Community Action Planning: processes, ideas, experiences', Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA), Mumbai, pp. 172. ISBN 0-0000-0000-0 (2002) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Burnham R, Wallis L, 'The Castle: A Long-term Community Partnership', Live Projects Designing with People, RMIT University Press, M Dodd, F Harrisson and E Charlesworth (ed), Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 186-191. ISBN 9781921426933 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Wallis L

2011Burnham R, Wallis L, Clayton I, Green R, 'University of Tasmania: The Castle', Design Build Studio, Lightroom, W Carpenter (ed), Decatur, Georgia, pp. 381-392. ISBN 9780557864188 (2011) [Other Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Wallis L; Clayton I; Green R

2009Burnham RM, Green R, 'The Castle: Digital Fabrication of Micro-housing', Computing Cognition and Education, ANZASCA, N Gu, MJ Ostwald and A Williams (ed), Newcastle, pp. 219-231. ISBN 978-0-9806034-3-9 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Green R

Conference Publication

(11 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Burnham R, Wallis L, Clayton I, Green R, 'Learning-by-making: transformative learning in design', Proceedings of the 8th International Conference and Exhibition of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, 2-3 October 2015, Christchurch, New Zealand, pp. 138-145. ISBN 9780473337100 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Wallis L; Clayton I; Green R

2014Burnham R, Wallis L, Clayton I, Green R, 'Learning-by-making: high impact learning in design', Places & Spaces: Proceedings of the Teaching Matters 2014 Conference, 2-3 December 2014, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 3-14. (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Wallis L; Clayton I; Green R

2014Burnham R, Holmstrom K, 'Home and away', Across: Architectural Research through to Practice - Proceedings of the 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, 10-13 December 2014, Genoa, Italy, pp. 457-468. ISBN 978-0-9923835-1-0 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Holmstrom K

2012Tubby R, Burnham R, Green R, 'Super Slob: The development of a parametric component jointing regime for standard sheet materials', Building on Knowledge, Theory and Practice: Proceedings of the 46th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, 14-16 November 2012, Griffith University, Southport, Queensland, pp. 1-2. (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Tubby R; Green R

2011Burnham R, 'Digitally Fabricated Single-skin Plywood Construction: The Castle and 'Panitecture'', Proceedings of 45th ANZAScA Conference, 16-18 November 2011, University of Sydney, pp. 1-8. ISBN 9780958122139 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Burnham R, Green R, ''The Castle': get communities working', Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, 18-21 September 2011, Geelong, Australia, pp. 23-32. ISBN 9780958192552 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Green R

2009Burnham R, Green RB, 'The Castle', Sustainable Theory: Theorizing sustainability, 4-5 September 2009, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 1-11. ISBN 978-0-475-12346-6 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Green RB

2008Burnham R, Green RB, 'The Castle: micro-housing options of young people at risk of homelessness', ANZAScA 08, proceedings, 26-28 November 08, Newcastle, pp. 67-74. ISBN 97809805035-0-0 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Green RB

1998Clayton IB, van der Schans G, Green R, Burnham R, Spence TR, 'The Duck Seat and Rav Shade & Play (To Design and Build Project)', Designing Eco-Solutions (Catalyst 97 Conference), December 97, Faculty of Environmental Design, Univ of Canberra (1998) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Clayton IB; van der Schans G; Green R; Spence TR

1996Burnham R, 'An Investigation into the Role of Culture in State Self-Help Housing', TRADITIONS AND MODERNITY- Contemporary Architecture in Southeast Asia nad Beyond, Jakarta, pp. 1-16. (1996) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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1995Burnham R, 'Self Help Housing and Ecology', Catalyst '95, University of Canberra, pp. 239-243. (1995) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Burnham R, 'The Castle', Artichoke, Sue Harris MDIA, Port Melbourne Victoria, 28 (2009) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$116,336

Projects

Scout Hut for Scouts WA (2015 - 2016)$31,936
Description
The project focuses on the further development of applied research into applications for digital design and fabrication in the context of building construction. This research is in response to Scouts Western Australia's brief for a flat-pack 6-person Scouthut, to be assembled as part of an employment training program. The construction system, developed uniquely within the School of Architecture & Design, is based around precision-cut plywood components and is tailored for assembly by a low-skilled workforce.
Funding
Youth Futures Incorporated ($31,936)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Burnham R
Period
2015 - 2016
The Castle: Turn-key Cottage Industry (2012)$79,750
Funding
Tasmanian Community Fund ($79,750)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Burnham R
Year
2012
'The Castle' (2009)$4,650
Funding
University of Tasmania ($4,650)
Scheme
Grant-Commercialisation Seed Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Green RB; Burnham R
Year
2009

Research Supervision

Completed

2

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
MastersImhotep Phidias Antonio le Corridor
Candidate: Katalin Mathe
2001
MastersCreating home in Urban Australia: The role of site, space and form
Candidate: Jillian Louise Walliss
1996