David Burney David Burney is Associate Professor of Planning and Placemaking at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture. David Burney is Chair of the Center for Active Design. The Center supports public health by increasing opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating through the design of the built environment. The Center was established in 2012 as one of the key initiatives to emerge from New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s Obesity Taskforce.

David Burney was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction (“DDC”) from 2004 to 2014 where he 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.