Walter is a lead consultant architect, and an architecture, planning and design practitioner, writer, researcher and educator. Currently working as a Housing Enabler for the London Borough of Enfield (as a Public Practice Alumni 2021 → ) he is also a director of Walter Menteth Architects (1986 → ), Project Compass CIC (a procurement intelligence service 2013 → ), Landlord Ltd. (1988 → ), and Trustee of the North Southwark Environment Trust (1988 → ). He was a founding member of thefulcrum.eu procurement network (2015 → ) and has held various academic positions, most recently as senior lecturer at Portsmouth School of Architecture University (2011 → 2021).
For his work on procurement Walter received the inaugural RIBA President’s Medal for Research (2015) and RIBA Presidents Award for practice-located research (2015) and has lectured on the subject extensively. He has served as an elected RIBA London Regional and National Councillor, and trustee (2011 → 2017), on various national committees, including leading up to the reforms in PCR2015 as Chair of the RIBA Procurement Reform Group; on external bodies including the Cabinet Office SME panel 2011→2015; and ACE (Architects Council of Europe) while providing ongoing development and public authority consultancy, including for the Greater London Authority.
His architectural practice has received eighteen national architectural awards and a Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Prize nomination. His architectural works have been exhibited and published variously here and abroad, and cover new, existing and listed buildings, urban and regional planning, and environmental policy. He has been an assessor for RIBA Open International Competitions, an assessor/chair of RIBA and Civic Trust Awards and
He has contributed a range of academic publications including twenty monograph, book and chapter contributions, sixty-three reports, articles and papers, and four websites.
Walter’s most recent publications, include – ’Building Culture: Procurement of UK Arts Construction’ (May 2021) with Bridget Sawyers and ‘M275 Portsmouth: Portsmouth, Tipner West, Cosham + Paulsgrove’ (Dec 2020).