2020 Young Architects Award Recipient
Emerging talent deserves recognition. The AIA Young Architects Award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.
As an architect, Jeffry Burchard, AIA, combines what he has learned in his time as a teacher and designer, uniting ideas focused on the discipline and the profession, the public and the personal. With undeniably impressive design talents, he further distinguishes himself as a leader through his service to the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and his uncanny ability to connect the discrete responsibilities of the profession.
Burchard is a graduate of the University of Idaho’s architecture program, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in what was one of the few remaining five-year master’s programs in the country. He received numerous scholarships and AIA’s Henry Adams Medal. In collaboration with his peers and the faculty, he supported efforts to reestablish the school’s independent College of Art and Architecture.
From 2006 to 2008, Burchard attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he earned a post-professional master’s and graduated in the top 5 percent of his class. His high marks were reinforced with praise from the school’s distinguished faculty. He joined the Harvard faculty in 2012, and the breadth and depth of his instruction continues to influence the next generation of architects. In collaboration with Florian Idenburg, he developed Practice as Project, a series of case studies to introduce students to innovative practice models. He was tapped to lead a required professional practice course and developed an innovative curriculum. While the course is rooted in the fundamentals of practice and laws and ethics, it encourages students to explore the myriad ways practice continues to evolve across the globe.
After completing his studies at Harvard, Burchard joined Machado and Silvetti Associates as a senior designer and immediately got to work on the 90,000-square-foot New York University Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life in Manhattan. Closely thereafter, the firm won an international competition for the 71-acre, 21 million-square-foot Tun Razak Financial District Master Plan in Kuala Lumpur. Burchard has since been elected to partner and managing principal by the firm’s founders and continues to deliver award-winning work that builds on the firm’s legacy of innovation.
Burchard is currently Harvard’s appointed liaison to BSA’s Board of Directors, and he has strengthened the ties between the chapter and the region’s architecture schools. He was a member of the leadership group that developed Now Practice Now, the chapter’s year-long series of conversations and workshops that explored the contemporary status of the profession.
Regularly demonstrating his command of the profession through his contributions to his chapter, firm, and the academy, Burchard’s mastery belies his number of years in practice. His ability to rally his colleagues and students allows him to demonstrate just how exciting and creative architectural practice can be.