Edward Burian, M.Arch

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Edward R. Burian is an architect whose practice, writing, and teaching focus the contemporary conditions of place, the sensory experience of architecture by the human body, and the thoughtful crafting of materials. A native of Los Angeles, CA, his professional practice in the American Southwest includes multi-family housing, commercial, adaptive reuse, and institutional 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. 

He is also a widely published scholar on the architecture, urbanism, and material culture of Mexico, and is particularly interested in undervalued aspects of the rich architectural culture of the region. He has written and edited 3 books and 27 individually authored essays on the architectural culture of Mexico. His published works have been cited and referenced over 150 times in books, periodicals, and dissertations around the world, widely disseminated in over 350 libraries worldwide, and used as texts in leading universities in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. 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 forthcoming 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, 2014), Technology and Culture in Twentieth Century Mexico, (University of Alabama Press, 2013), Arquitech /Juan José Sánchez Aedo: Intersecciones 2010-2011, (Arquine and Editorial RM, 2012), Landa García Landa Arquitectos, Monterrey, México, (Arquine and 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),  and “Praxis Journal” (USA).

He received his Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the University of Southern California and his Masters of Architecture from Yale, 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, ITESM in Querétaro, Qro., 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.

At UTSA he teaches graduate courses including the graduate thesis studio, graduate studios, graduate seminars on contemporary architectural theory; undergraduate courses including the 4th year undergraduate systems studio, a first year undergraduate drawing studio, an undergraduate seminar contemporary global architecture; as well as cross-listed graduate and undergraduate architectural history courses on pre-Columbian and colonial architecture of Mexico, modern architecture of Mexico, and modern architecture of Latin America.

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