Professor Paul Walker
Director, Melbourne School of Design
Professor of Architecture
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.
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 criticism for that publication, Architecture New Zealand, and various other professional journals. He served as a juror at the World Architecture Festival in 2009, chairing the Future Projects – Culture panel.