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Walter Menteth

  • Qualifications: FRIAS, RIBA, Dip. Arch. (PSB), BA (Arch)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2098
  • Email: walter.menteth@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Portsmouth School of Architecture
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


Walter is a part-time senior lecturer, a director of Walter Menteth Architects, a Director of Project Compass CIC, an RIBA National Councillor, chair of the trustees of the North Southwark Environment Trust, a member of the Cabinet Office SME Panel 2011-2015, and was Chair of the RIBA Procurement Reform Group 2011-2013.

Walter Menteth Architects’ work characteristically achieves valued, appropriate and cost effective sustainable solutions that deliver cohesive, inspiring and innovative designs that are functional and distinctive. The creative process addresses each projects unique parameters through extensive iterative investigation and consultation with stakeholders.  The practice aspire to couple design, production processes and efficient delivery with benefiting the human condition.

To create well designed solutions for any brief, the practices default methodology is underpinned by research informing strategic and detailed outputs to optimise responses through a process of enquiry extending through to project completion and occupation.  Because the practice is concerned that our work can contribute to social, environmental and economic benefit one of our primary focuses has been housing, which from a practice experience increasingly lead to a questioning of the public procurement supply chains and the permissible contract forms, as these seemed to have become incapable of responding to needs and opportunity.  

Teaching Responsibilities

  • BA1 Studio leader and personal tutor having responsibilities for 25 students. Units 101; (101.1, 101.2) & 102 (102.1 & 102.2)
  • MArch 1 & 2 FM+P Studio Units 401, 402, 403. and MArch 2 Thesis studio tutor  



  • Sustainability
  • Materials and detail
  • Planning, architecture and infrastructure in an age of climate change (‘Going Dutch’ M.Arch FM+P programme 2013-14 exploring the Portsmouth and Solent regions impacted by rising sea levels)
  • Architecture in the service of conflict resolution
  • The Procurement of Architecture and Construction

Throughout history forms of patronage have been central to architectural culture, while the way clients acquire professional services and construction works, and how an architect relates within the procurement process significantly determines outcomes, quality, efficiencies, scoping, terms of employment and contract forms. The interest in this area of research into contemporary procurement has therefore been focused on ascertaining why the process for the acquisition of services, supplies and works is creating such increasing market skews preventing UK design talent gaining access to work, generating increasingly unsustainable outputs inefficiently and with such little public engagement or cultural discourse.


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