Professor Stephen Walker

Head of Architecture

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I trained as an architect and worked for architectural and design practices in London before joining the studio of Gabriel Allende and Antonio Ruiz Barbarín in Madrid, where I worked for two years. Since returning to the UK, I worked in practice before studying for an MA in Architecture & Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham (Distinction), and PhD at the University of Sheffield.

I taught part- and then full-time in the Faculty of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University, where I worked for five years before being appointed as a Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Sheffield in February 2001, where I worked until January 2017.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

AHRC Peer Review College member (2007–2015); Editorial Board: Field Journal (2007–)and Architecture & Culture: the Journal of the AHRA (Routledge) (2010–); Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) steering group member (2008–); Peer reviewer, The Architectural Theory Review, Architectural Press, Ashgate Publishers, Blackwell Publishers, Routledge, Architectural Theory Review, Architectural Research Quarterly, The Journal of Architecture, The Nordic Journal of Architecture, Palgrave; RIBA Dissertation Prize judge 2015; RIBA Research Trust Panel Member 2015–; Invited panel member: L'Agenzia Nazionale per la Valutazione del sistema Universitario e della Ricerca (ANVUR) (The Italian Research and University Evaluation Agency); National Fairground & Circus Archive (NFCA) Advisory Board Member 2012–; Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT —Science and Technology Foundation, the Portuguese National Research Funding Organization) research evaluation panel member for Architecture & Urbanism, 2019.

External positions

Research Evaluation Panel member for Architecture & Urbanism , Fundacao de Ciencia e Tecnologia

1 Mar 20195 Apr 2019

Visiting Professor, Doctoral School of Architecture and Urbanism, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

8 Dec 2016 → …

Committee Member, RIBA Research Grants Committee

1 Feb 2016 → …

Editorial Board & Steering Group Member, Architecture and Culture Journal

1 Jan 2011 → …

Steering Group Member, Architectural Humanities Research Association

1 Jan 2007 → …

Peer Review College Member, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

1 Jan 20072 Feb 2015


  • Architectural theory; art & architecture; fairground architecture

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2008 - Doctor of Philosophy, Major and MInor Architectural Issues in the Work of Gordon Matta-Clark, The University of Sheffield
  • 1996 - Master of Arts, Architecture & Critical Theory, University of Nottingham
  • 1990 - Master of Architecture, D.Arch Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture, Kingston Polytechnic
  • 1987 - Bachelor of Arts, Architecture & Environmental Design, University of Nottingham

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