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

Senior Lecturer

Walter Menteth


Walter Menteth 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., 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 an RIBA Research Trust Award in 2012, 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 procurement research has also impacted other areas including the framework of the reformed 2016 Building Regulations and policy on construction VAT.

Walter has been an assessor for a number of architectural competitions and architectural awards on behalf of theindustry, and has served on the Southwark and South East England Regional design panels. He is an external examiner at the University of Kent, having previously examined at Nottingham University 2011-2014, and Portsmouth School of Architecture 2003- 2008. He has taught at LMU (London Metropolitan University), Kingston University and Canterbury College of Art & Design.Walter completed his second elected term as a RIBA National Councillor and Trustee in 2017, having specific interests in membership, small practices, housing, sustainability and procurement issues.

His part time teaching activities at Portsmouth School of Architecture have included M.Arch 1 & 2, BA1, BA3, Professional Practice course components along with contributions to various other taught coursework. He contributes coursework regularly at other academic institutions.

His concerns are to achieve more effective, better quality and sustainable architecture and environments fit for all.

Research Interests

  • Design and construction quality and sustainability
  • The procurement of architecture and construction
  • Resilient planning, architecture and infrastructure in response to climate changeĀ 
  • Materials and detail
  • Architecture and planning serving societies

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