Dr Ricky Burke

Dr Ricky Burke

Lecturer in Architecture and the Built Environment

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Ricky is Programme Leader for BA (hons) Architecture.

A former student at the University of Plymouth, Ricky is a registered architect and former BIM consultant. Ricky teaches in Architecture, Built Environment, Engineering, and Design courses in both undergraduate and taught post-graduate courses. Ricky's teaching is based both the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Ricky brings specialisms in socially and inhabitationally focussed design, as well as Information management and advancing media explorations to the construction and delivery of teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate level. Ricky is the Architecture Communications stream leader and Undergraduate Year 2 leader. 

Ricky's primary research interests include investigation into the role of the built environment in personal and social fulfilment; inclusive design practice with vulnerable participants; and the use of advancing media in muti-modal architectural design.



BA (Hons)




Professional membership

Architect's Registration Board

Registration no. 091550E

Ricky is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



Teaching interests

Ricky began teaching at the University of Plymouth in 2011, and after a short break, has been a consistent member of the Architecture teaching team since 2013.
Ricky teaches across all stages of the Architecture undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as in other courses in the Built Environment, Civil Engineering, and design disciplines.
Ricky is the BA Architecture Year 2 lead and Architecture area Communications stream leader.
Ricky currently leads the following courses: DSCM511, ARCH656, ARCH773

Ricky takes a research-driven approach to teaching, incorporating designerly research practices and advancing media to emphasise the role of communications and technology in architectural practice.



Research interests

Ricky's research is focussed on the inclusion of participants in co-design practices, particularly and most recently involving the inclusion of people with cognitive difficulties in design activities. Grounded Theory and Critical Action Research approaches are central to an evolving research method. 

Ricky's doctoral thesis, Burke, R. (2022), focussed on the co-design of socially and personally fulfilling environments for people with a dementia diagnosis co-living in residential care homes.

More broadly, Ricky's research interests extend to multi-modal design and communications approaches, including the use of advancing media and co-design methods.

Burke, R. (2022) Design for Dementia: Exploring alternate contemporary cultures of residential care design. Plymouth : Plymouth University



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Ricky B & Veliz Reyes A (2021) 'Socio-spatial relationships in design of residential care homes for people living with dementia diagnoses: a grounded theory approach' Architectural Science Review (Special Issue: Architectural Design Science for Dementia) Publisher Site , DOI Open access


Conferences organised

University of Plymouth Architecture Research Symposium 2021