Catherine Burd is a founding director of Burd Haward Architects, a small, award-winning architectural practice formed in 1998. The practice's first built project won the RIBA Manser Medal in 2002, and in 2005 they were selected as one of ‘40 under 40’, emerging influential British architectural practices. As director, Catherine leads design and delivery of a range of carefully considered new buildings and spaces - including one-off houses, residential, schools, restaurants, community and arts projects.
Catherine also has particular conservation expertise, and is currently leading projects at a number of high profile architecturally sensitive historic sites, including at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh and Queen’s College, Oxford. She is working towards achieving full accreditation as a Specialist Conservation Architect.
In addition to leading the practice Catherine is an experienced critic, communicator and educator, and a champion of design quality more widely in the profession. She is Chair of LB Camden's recently formed Design Review panel, a member of the LLDC Quality Review panel since its inception, and Design Review Panel member / BEE at the Design Council since 2008. She has been an RIBA competitions and an RIBA awards assessor, and has sat on numerous architectural awards panels. She has taught and lectured widely. Following four years acting as external examiner at Newcastle University MArch course she is now external examiner on the International Architectural Masters course at University of Ghent, in Belgium.