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Matthew Walker

  • Visiting Assistant Professor



  • PhD, History of Art Department of the University of York
  • Undergraduate at Oxford University (Wadham College)


  • Seventeenth and eighteenth-century British, French, and European Architecture
  • Intellectual engagement with architecture
  • The architecture of scientific and medical institutions
  • Later reception of early modern architecture, particularly in North America
  • Architectural writings of figures such as Sir Christopher Wren, John Evelyn, and Roger North

Before coming to UNM I taught in the Architecture School of Edinburgh University, and in the History of Art Department of Oxford University. I have also held postdoctoral positions with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and with the Andrew W Mellon Foundation (held jointly with Oxford University and the Ashmolean Museum).


World Architecture

Buildings, Bodies, and Public Health in Early Modern Europe

I have published in many journals including The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (December, 2013) and Architectural History (2013).

My first book, Architects and Intellectual Culture in Post-Restoration England, will be published by Oxford University Press later this year.

My next two research projects will explore the role of ancient architecture in British and French intellectual and travel writing in the period, and the architecture of medical institutions in Britain.

I am currently finishing smaller projects on antiquarian writing about Romano-British architecture, and on Aristotelianism in seventeenth-century architectural theory.  


For a number of years I have been heavily involved in the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. I have organized their annual symposium (2014), and their annual conference (2016). I was, before moving to the States, one of the editors of their journal Architectural History.


I have been awarded or nominated for various awards for teaching at Edinburgh and Oxford. Additionally I have received funding awards from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.