Graduating with Honours from the Landscape Architecture programme at Edinburgh, Barry has taught regularly across all departments of the Faculty of Architecture for more than 10 years, including both the Departments of Urban Planning and Design and Real Estate and Contraction Management. He has frequently undertaken roles as Guest Assistant Professor at the Peking University School of Urban Planning and Design, Lund University School of Architecture and Penn State University Department of Architectural Engineering.
He has extensive knowledge of worldwide design and construction standards and management practices, absorbed across 30 years and four continents in designing and managing large scale planning, transport, landscape, architecture and environmental projects, particularly those related to landfill, land reclamation, drainage, rail and highways.
A Chartered Member of the UK Landscape Institute, a Hong Kong Registered Landscape Architect and Professional Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, Barry is currently Vice President of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design, has sat on both the Council and the Public Affairs Committee since 2014, and founded the Chair of the International and Mainland Affairs Committee in 2018. Nominated to the HKSAR Government Common Spatial Data Advisory Committee (CSDAC) in 2020, he is a lifetime member of the China International Urbanization Development Strategy Research Committee after having been honoured in 2012 for his outstanding achievements in relation to urbanisation in China. In 2014 he received the Design for Well-being Merit Award at the WHO – Global Conference of the Alliance for Heathy Cities and in 2016 presented the TEDx talk “When Fantasy Becomes Reality” in Guangzhou. He was most recently awarded the 2019 Reed Mallik Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers for his paper ‘An Outline to Futureproofing Cities with Ten Immediate Steps’ and will present the Thomas Telford Lecture at the ICE in London in September 2020.