Prototyping for Architects

Mark Burry, Jane Burry

A new paperback overview of how digital design and fabrication techniques offer ground-breaking possibilities for prototyping in architecture.

Prototyping is an essential part of designers’ repertoires, allowing them to test their projects from structural, aesthetic, and technical standpoints. This new paperback edition of Prototyping for Architects examines how architects are combining new digital design and fabrication technologies with traditional, hands-on building techniques to gain more insight into the strengths and weaknesses of their designs.

Beginning with an introduction charting the rise of prototyping in design history, this cutting-edge volume for students and professionals presents an extensive range of prototyping techniques, followed by a selection of thirty projects by leading contemporary international architects.

Authors Jane and Mark Burry explain how prototyping on a miniature scale helps communicate complex spatial ideas, how prototyping empowers the architect-designer to test and prove a building’s feasibility, and how additive (3-D printing) or subtractive (robotic milling) prototyping can lead to exciting new design possibilities. A reference section, which includes a glossary of technical terms, offers further information and clarification.


Mark Burry


Mark Burry is professor and director of SIAL and founding director of RMIT’s Design Institute. He is an international expert on the architecture of Antoni Gaudí, and is currently using digital technology to help complete the Sagrada Família in Barcelona.

Jane Burry


Jane Burry holds a degree in mathematics and is a registered architect. She is currently a research fellow at RMIT’s Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) in Melbourne.