New York City Department of Design and Construction
David J. Burney, FAIA
was appointed Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction
(“DDC”) in January 2004, by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. DDC manages capital projects for a
variety of City agencies including the Departments of Transportation and Environmental
Protection; and for the many cultural institutions such as libraries and museums that
receive City capital funds. With Mayor Bloomberg’s support, David Burney launched a
City-wide “Design and Construction Excellence Initiative” with the goal of raising the
quality of design and construction of public works throughout New York City.
Prior to joining DDC, Mr. Burney was Director of Design and Capital Improvement at
the New York City Housing Authority where, in 2002, the agency was awarded a National Design
Award Special Commendation by the Smithsonian Institute. From 1982 to 1990 Mr. Burney
practiced architecture with the New York Firm of Davis Brody & Associates where he was
involved in a variety of projects including the Zeckendorf Towers on Union Square and the
Rose Building at Lincoln Center.
Mr. Burney was educated at the Heriot-Watt
University in Edinburgh and at the University of London. He was the recipient of the AIA
NYC Chapter Public Architect Award in 1996, the Center for Architecture Award in 2006, and
the Thomas Jefferson Award in 2011. He received a Sloane Public Service Award in 2003.