Mr Chris Andrew Barton

BArch MArch Auck., DipTchg Auck.


Chris Barton is an architecture critic and a freelance journalist who has combined his journalism and architectural training with architectural education since 2012. He has 30 years’ experience in newspapers and magazines and a Master of Architecture (Auckland School of Architecture 1985). A press fellowship in 2010 to Wolfson College, Cambridge enabled him to research architectural writing in mainstream media. His teaching includes AD1&2 studio in collaboration with practising architects, MArch thesis writing workshops, architecture criticism and thesis supervision.  His research focus is writing in architectural practice and architecture in the media.

Research | Current

Architecture and media; Representation in architecture; Architecture criticism

Teaching | Current

ARCHGEN 712 - Building the Case

AD1 and AD2 Studio

AD1 and AD2 Report Writing Workshops

MArch(Prof) Thesis Writing Workshops

Postgraduate supervision

Thesis Supervisor (MArch(Prof)) 


2016 Canon Media Awards – Best Opinion Writer – Business (New Zealand Herald); 2015 The MHS Awards – Text Journalism Award (North & South magazine); 2014 Canon Media Awards - Reviewer of the Year (Metro magazine); 2012 Canon Media Awards - Best Science and Environment Feature (New Zealand Herald); 2011 Canon Media Awards - Best Arts Feature (New Zealand Herald); 2009 Qantas Media Awards – Qantas Fellow to Wolfson College, Cambridge; Newspaper Feature Writer; Best Health, Medicine and Fitness Feature; Technology and Science Column (New Zealand Herald); 2008 Qantas Media Awards – Best Environment and Conservation Feature Writer (New Zealand Herald); 2004 Qantas Media Awards – Best Information and Communications Technology Column - Columnist (New Zealand Herald);  2002 Qantas Media Awards – Best Information Technology and Communications Story – Newspaper Feature Writer (New Zealand Herald); 2001 Tuanz Award – Telecommunications Journalist of the Year (New Zealand Herald); 2000 Tuanz Award – Telecommunications Article of the Year (New Zealand Herald); 1999 Qantas Media Awards – Information Technology Reporter (New Zealand Herald); 1999 Fletcher Challenge Commonwealth Media Awards - Information Technology (New Zealand Herald); 1996 Qantas Media Awards – Information Technology Columnist (PC Magazine); 1993 Qantas Media Awards - Computer Columnist, Computer Feature (PC World); 1988 Centron Awards for Computer Journalism - Best Investigative Story (Computerworld)

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Level 5, Room 534
New Zealand