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PROF Paul Walker


  • 19th and 20th century architectural theory
  • 19th and 20th century architecture
  • Architectural discourse in colonial and post-colonial contexts
  • Colonial approaches to architecture and landscape
  • Museum architecture
  • The architecture of John Andrews



  • Paul Walker is a Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Architecture Building & Planning.

    Walker was educated at the University of Auckland (BArch (Hons) 1981; PhD 1987). He worked in architectural practices in Auckland & Wellington 1987-1991, and was a member of the Athfield Architects project team for the Victoria University of Wellington Student Union building, which won a New Zealand Institute of Architects design award in 1993.

    Walker taught at the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington 1989-1999, when he moved to the University of Melbourne. He coordinated a new coursework Master of Architecture program from 2001-2007, when the current MArch program was initiated. He served on the University of Melbourne Curriculum Commission in 2006, as Head of Architecture & Urban Design in 2008, and as Deputy Dean 2008-2013. He was promoted to Professor in 2011. He is currently Associate Dean (Research)

    Walker’s teaching focuses on architecture history, theory, and design. Recently he has contributed lectures on urban history to the first year Bachelor of Environments subject Urban Environments, and taught a subject on modern architecture for students beginning the 300-pt MArch.

    Recent research has encompassed mid-twentieth century architecture in Australia & New Zealand, contemporary museum architecture, and colonial museum buildings in Australia, New Zealand & India. With collaborators at three universities in Australia, the University of Toronto, and Boston University, he is currently the lead CI on an ARC Discovery project researching the work of the architect John Andrews in Canada, the United States, and Australia.

    Walker was co-editor of Fabrications , the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand 2007-2012. He was a contributing editor to Architecture Australia 2001-2012, and has written critic   


Member of

  • Interstices journal, University of Auckland. Editorial Board 2004 -
  • Society of Architectural Historians. Editorial Board 2004 -
  • School of Design, Swinburne University of Technology. External Advisory Committee 2001 -
  • Society of Architectural Historians Australia & New Zealand. Member SAHANZ Editorial Board 2001 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Auckland 1987
  • BArch, University of Auckland 1981



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