Melissa Burton

Arup, Canada Consulting Practice Leader, Principal, Fellow | Toronto, Canada


Melissa Burton is Arup’s Canada Consulting Practice Leader. She leads Arup’s Americas Wind Skills Network and is an Arup Fellow with specialist expertise in climate modelling and wind engineering. She focuses on the intersection of the built and natural environments and has nearly two decades of experience in looking at how the wind climate affects the buildings we design.

Melissa has worked as senior technical expert on many international projects and has extensive experience in wind tunnel testing and computational numerical analysis. She has a track record in investigating wind issues such as wind comfort, air movement, wind loading and dynamic response. Melissa has been involved in developing climate models for wind codes and providing design risk assessments.

Her technical expertise extends to beyond code approaches using advanced analytical tools to quantify and reduce design risk…

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CTBUH Designated Expert


Annual Conference, Session Chair (Shanghai 2012)

Annual Conference, Steering Committee (New York 2015)


20 September 2012

Track 13: Urban Issues Q & A

Track 13 panelists including: James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Ming Zhang, MulvannyG2 Architecture; and Jonathan Ward, NBBJ take questions from delegates.


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01 March 2015

Wind-Induced Motion of Tall Buildings: Designing for Occupant Comfort

M. D. Burton, BMT Fluid Mechanics; K. C. S. Kwok, University of Western Sydney; and A. Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T Corporation

A team of researchers and practitioners were recently assembled to prepare a monograph on “Wind-Induced Motion of Tall Buildings: Designing for Habitability”. This monograph presents...


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