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david walters

david walters

Charlotte, North Carolina USA

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David Walters is an architect, urban designer, town planner and a tenured full professor at UNC-Charlotte. Originally from England, Walters qualified as an architect in 1972 with degrees from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Walters taught at Plymouth Polytechnic (now Plymouth University) and practiced in England where he won awards for housing and urban design. In 1983 he moved to the USA, teaching and practicing in Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma before joining the Charlotte faculty in 1990.

Walters directs the UNC-Charlotte School of Architecture's Master of Urban Design Program and is the author of three books: "Design First: Design-based Planning for Communities," co-written with his wife, Linda Brown; "Designing Community: Charrettes, Masterplans and Form-based Codes"; and "The Future Office," with Chris Grech.

Walters is also a senior urban designer with the Lawrence Group, a firm of architects and town planners, headquartered in St. Louis, MO, and w

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  • Comment on: RIBA tells councillors not to talk to the press

    david walters's comment 30 September, 2015 2:59 pm

    This censorious attitude is so wrong! The RIBA staff need a stiff warning to back off!
    As an urban designer who works always in public venues, I see every day how open communication on design and environmental matters is essential to a flourishing dialogue -- and better design. It's quite correct that if you speak with press, TV, or other media, nothing is off the record. So don't talk about confidential issues, but everything else is fair game and should be out in the open.
    David Walters
    Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Design
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    USA

  • Comment on: Appeal 'an option' after Chipperfield's Geffrye Museum plans rejected

    david walters's comment 3 May, 2013 3:24 pm

    From the published illustrations and background details this looks like another instance of insensitive architecture ignoring the urban context in true modernist tradition. The bridge that creates a horrid underpass is awful. Surely that mistake is reason enough for refusal right there.

  • Comment on: Alone in Riverside One

    david walters's comment 30 April, 2012 2:43 pm

    With a throwaway comment, this writer perpetuates the error that New Urbanism is about cute little houses rather than sustainable urban design and infrastructure.
    Just because regular people prefer traditional aesthetics shouldn't blind us to the importance of good urbanism. Over in America, where I work, what most British architects take for granted in terms of urban form is viewed as a radical, almost anti-American agenda by many people.

  • Comment on: Cullinan completes visitor centre for Edinburgh’s botanic gardens

    david walters's comment 22 July, 2010 8:53 pm

    Wonderful work (as always!) from Ted and his colleagues. Can't wait for the Kew building!

  • Comment on: Cullinan completes visitor centre for Edinburgh’s botanic gardens

    david walters's comment 22 July, 2010 6:38 pm

    Wonderful work (as always!) from Ted and his colleagues. Can't wait for the Kew building!

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