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School of the Built Environment

Professor Peter Walker

Professor in Construction Science & Management


Professor Peter Walker is an architect and is Professor of Construction Science and Management and Director of the Architecture and Digital Technology Directorate. Prior to joining the university Peter was Professor of Architecture and Head of the Belfast School of Architecture at Ulster University; a director of a large health care practice – Devereux Architects; and taught part time at Newcastle University. Before that he was Project Director of the international design consultancy Conran Design Group, headed by Sir Terence Conran.

Professor Walker is an independent advisor to the Architects Registration Board and served for four years on the ARB Education and Practice Advisory Group. He has been an external examiner at Queens University Belfast, Newcastle University, Huddersfield University, University of Salford, Bath University and the University of Northumbria and is on the Council of SCHOSA (the Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture). Peter has been a visiting Professor at two universities, most recently at Notre Dame University, Beirut, and is presently Part 3 Professional Examiner at Newcastle University. He was an adviser to the Egyptian Government Housing and Building Research Council in the development of the Green Pyramid Building Assessment Scheme and he has acted as an expert witness on more than 70 cases.

Peter is presently Impact Lead for UoA 13 in REF 2021.


BSc Architecture: 

  • Practice Management and Law
  • Final Year Studio Tutor
  • Master of Architecture (MArch):
  • Advanced Practice Management and Law
  • BSc Architectural Design and Technology
  • Studio Tutor
  • Introduction to Urban Regeneration

Research Interests

  • Architectural management and the architectural profession
  • Risk, value and knowledge management in construction
  • Design Management in architecture
  • Professional negligence in architecture


  • From strategic adviser to design sub-contractor and back again in Sustaining Architecture in the Anti-Machine Age (2001), ed. Abley I and Heartfield J, pub: Wiley Academy, ISBN 0 471 48660 4
  • Rethinking the Construction Process: Focusing the Construction Curriculum (2000), with Price A, Boussabaine H and McDermott P, ISBN 0 947974 04 0
  • The Construction Companion to Risk and Value Management (2002), with Greenwood D, pub: RIBA Enterprises, ISBN 1 85946 092 5
  • Procurement, contracts and conditions of engagement with Greenwood D, in Architects Handbook of Construction Project Management (2004), ed Murray M and Langford D, pub: RIBA Enterprises, ISBN 1 85946 123 9
  • Professional consultant appointments in construction framework agreements in Concurrent Engineering in Construction  (2006), ed Anumba C, Cutting-Decelle A and Kamara J, pub: Taylor and Francis, ISBN  9 7804 1539 488 8
  • Greenwood D, Walker P and Walker A (2008) ‘The world turned upside-down: architects as subcontractors in design-and-build contracts’. In Dainty A (ed.) Procs. 24th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management. Cardiff, September 2008. Reading: ARCOM
  • The capture and reuse of design cost information in architecture with Kamara J, Proceedings of the CIB Conference 2007, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Greenwood D Alwan Z,  Richardson A, Hudson G, Siddall M and Walker P (2010) ‘A Process Model for Sustainable Design of Buildings: Towards an adaptable ‘Route Map’ for Green Code Compliance’. in  Rashed, A.Y.M. (ed.) Future Intermediate Sustainable Cities: Procs. First International Conference on Sustainability and the Future. The British University in Egypt.  23-25 November, Cairo, Egypt
  • Walker P (2017), Locating Hodder and Partners in Contexts: The work of Hodder and Partners, pub: RIBA Publishing ISBN 978-1-85946-826-5