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


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, Project Compass CIC, Landlord Ltd., a chair of the Trustees of the North Southwark Environment Trust and founding member of network. He was a member of the Cabinet Office SME panel from 2011-2015.

Walter Menteth Architects since establishment in 1986 have won over sixteen national architectural awards and have had works published extensively in the UK and abroad. Walter received the inaugural 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 European Directive 2014/24/EU and the UK Public Contract Regulations 2015 and received funding from a 2012 RIBA Research Trust Award. His research has also impacted other areas including the framework of the reformed Building Regulations between 2013-2016 and construction policy on VAT.

Walter has been an organisers and assessor for several architectural competitions and awards programmes as a consultant and as a representative on behalf of the industry and has served on the Southwark and South East England Regional design panels. He is an external examiner at the University of Kent, and Westminster 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 Trustee and National Councillor in 2017, having specific interests in housing, sustainability, small practices, membership and construction procurement issues.

His part time teaching activities at Portsmouth School of Architecture have included M.Arch 1 & 2, BA1, BA3, studio teaching along with contributions to various other taught coursework. He is currently the schools course co-ordinator for the RIBA Part 2 Professional Practice component. For other UK academic institutions and professional educational programmes he regularly contributes coursework and outputs.

Walter’s concerns are to achieve more effective, better quality, sustainable and resilient architecture and built environments that are fit for all.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable design and construction quality 
  • The procurement of architecture and construction
  • Resilient planning, architecture and infrastructure in response to climate change 
  • Materials and detail
  • Building capacity in architecture and built environment planning for serving societies

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