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. She is currently working on new housing for the London Borough of Camden and a mixed-use development in Islington incorporating a new Church, Community Centre & housing.
Catherine has particular conservation expertise, and has led projects at a number of high profile architecturally sensitive historic sites, including at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Queen’s College Oxford and Mottisfont Abbey, Chastleton House, Red House and Chartwell for the National Trust. She is working towards achieving full accreditation as a Specialist Conservation Architect.
In addition to leading the practice, Catherine is an experienced critic and communicator. She is currently a member of the LLDC Quality Review panel, where she reviews design proposals for Olympic Legacy projects. She was a member of Design Council CABE’s National Design Review Panel, and is now a CABE 'Built Environment Expert' advising on design quality of nationally significant schemes. Catherine has taught and lectured at a number of Schools of Architecture, is an external examiner for the MArch course at Newcastle University, and is a RIBA competitions assessor. She has sat on many architectural awards panels, including BD Architect of the Year, NHBC Housing, Manser Medal, RIBA and Civic Trust Awards.