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Mr Walter Menteth, B. A. (Arch), Dip Arch, RIBA, FRIAS

Senior Lecturer

Walter Menteth


Walter is an architectural, planning and design practitioner, writer, researcher and educator. He is a lead consultant architect, a director of Walter Menteth Architects Ltd., Project Compass CIC, Landlord Ltd., an RIBA Trustee, a Trustee of the North Southwark Environment Trust and founding member of network. From 2011-2015 he was a member of the Cabinet Office SME panel.

Walter Menteth Architects have won over sixteen national architectural awards and have had works published extensively in the UK and abroad. Walter received the 2015 RIBA President's Medal for Research and the 2015 RIBA President's Award for Practice located Research for his work on procurement reform, impacting the Public Contract Regulations 2015 and internationally Directive 2014/24/EU. His research has also impacted in other areas including the framework of the reformed 2016 Building Regulations.

Walter has been an assessor for a number of architectural competitions, and architectural awards on behalf of the industry, and has served on the Southwark and South East England Regional design panels. He has previously been an external examiner at Nottingham University 2011-2014, at the Portsmouth Architecture School 2003- 2008 and previously has taught at LMU (London Metropolitan University), Kingston University and Canterbury College of Art & Design.

Walter is currently serving his second elected term as an RIBA National Councillor, having specific interests in membership, small practices, housing, sustainability and procurement issues.
His part time teaching activities include M.Arch 1 & 2, and BA3 along with contributions to various other taught coursework. His concerns are to achieve more effective, better quality and sustainable architecture and environments fit for all.

Research Interests

  • Sustainability
  • Materials and detail
  • The Procurement of Architecture and Construction
  • Resilient planning, architecture and infrastructure in an age of climate change (Masters research since 2013 exploring the Island City of Portsmouth and the Solent regions impacted by rising sea levels)
  • Architecture in the service of conflict resolution

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