Burghardt graduated at the Höhere Bürgerschule in Leipzig. He studied at the Leipzig Technical Schools (Technische Lehranstalten der Stadt Leipzig) and the Leipzig State Building School (Staatsbauschule Leipzig). He undertook study trips through Germany, to Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria-Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
From 1 April 1904 he worked as an independent architect in Leipzig. He mainly built historicist buildings in Leipzig. The only building of interest for this site is the Europahaus in Leipzig.
He is buried on the Protestant cemetery in Jever.
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