David Burns is a researcher, architectural designer, curator, and artist. His research intersects architecture, image studies, and politics. His practice examines architectural conventions of repetition, redundancy, and reflection through site-specific architectural interventions.

He holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee. He is an MPhil/PhD student at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. His thesis is tentatively titled "Spatial Politics of Refusal".

David has guest lectured extensively on architecture, photography, art, design, curation, and politics at universities in North America, Europe, and Australia. He is a regular commentator on the intersections of architecture and art and has organized and participated in recent panel discussions and interviews for Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Kaldor Public Art Projects, and Arts Centre Melbourne. He has curated and contributed to exhibitions on architecture, art, and design in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

David has worked as an architect and designer for Asymptote Architecture, the Guggenheim Museum, and Holabird and Root. Since 2001 he has taught at universities in the United States, Australia, and the U.K. in faculties of design, art, and architecture. He began his academic career in 2001 as the Paul Rudolph Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Auburn University. From 2003-2007 he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and from 2006-2007 a Visiting Professor at the Entertainment Technology Center, also at CMU. In 2008 he began teaching at the University of Technology Sydney in the School of Architecture and in 2009 was hired to initiate the new Bachelor of Design in Photography and Situated Media in the UTS School of Design. He served as the Course Director for Photography and Situated Media from 2009-2015 and is currently a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art School of Architecture.