Diogo Burnay

Associate Professor

Email: diogo.burnay@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-4128
Fax: 902-423-6672
Mailing Address: 
5410 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • architecture and the city
  • public architecture
  • public space
  • social role of architecture
  • architecture and landscape


  • DiplArch, Technical University of Lisbon
  • MSc (Arch), University College London

Current Teaching (2023–24)

  • ARCH 4003: B3 Design
  • ARCH 4005: B5 Design
  • ARCH 9015: MArch Thesis 2

Research / Practice Interests

Professor Burnay's current design and research focus on architecture and the public realm. They investigate the active role of architecture in a broader social, cultural, economic, and political landscape. His work explores and emphasizes the public relevance of architecture to construct the present, the future, and the past in communities.

Selected Publications

  • "Colegio Braamcamp Freire: Via del aprendizaje." Ambientes (Chile) 92 (2013): 100.
  • "Abordagem pragmática na nova Estação Imagem de Mora." Construir (Portugal) 238 (2013): 18-19.
  • "Jarego House." Global Architecture Today (China) 5 (2012): 250-3.
  • "Day care and elderly residential centre." Global Architecture Today (China) 5 (2012): 92-7.
  • "Cartaxo Cultural Centre." Global Architecture Today (China) 3 (2012): 30-37.

Selected Built Works

  • Arraiolos Tapestry Museum, Arraiolos, Portugal (completed 2013)   
  • Braamcamp Freire High School, Pontinha, Odivelas, Lisbon, Portugal (completed 2012)
  • Jarego House, Cartaxo, Portugal (completed 2010)
  • Elderly Centre, Carnaxide, Oeiras, Portugal (completed 2008)
  • Cartaxo Cultural Centre, Cartaxo, Portugal (completed 2005)

Selected Honours and Awards

  • Winner: ArchDaily, Education Building of the Year (2014) - for Braamcamp Freire High School, Odivelas, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Winner: World Architecture News (WAN) Award, Education Sector, built buildings (2013) - for Braamcamp Freire High School, Odivelas, Lisbon, Portugal
  • First prize: Talatona Conference Centre Design Competition, Luanda, Angola (2013)
  • First prize: Megalithic Museum Design Competition, Mora, Portugal (2012)
  • First prize: Mirario School Design Competition, Lisbon, Portugal (2012)

Scholarly or Professional Memberships

  • Member: Macau Sessions: dialogues on architecture and society
  • Member, OA (Ordem dos Arquitectos Portugueses; Portuguese Architects Association)

Current Service Activities