Associate Professor Julia Gatley

PhD, MArch


Assoc Prof Julia Gatley is Head of the School of Architecture and Planning. She is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Melbourne. She is an architectural historian, and worked as a New Zealand Historic Places Trust conservation advisor and then as a lecturer at the University of Tasmania before taking up her position at the University of Auckland in 2006. She is a well-known writer on New Zealand architecture. Her books include:

- Julia Gatley and Lucy Treep (eds), The Auckland School: 100 Years of Architecture and Planning (Auckland: School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland, 2017). 

- Julia Gatley and Paul Walker, Vertical Living: The Architectural Centre and the Remaking of Wellington (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2014);

- Julia Gatley, Athfield Architects (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2012);

- Julia Gatley (ed.), Group Architects: Towards a New Zealand Architecture (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2010); and 

- Julia Gatley (ed.), Long Live the Modern: New Zealand’s New Architecture, 1904-1984 (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2008).

Julia is a past chair of DOCOMOMO New Zealand (2013-2016) and a past co-editor of Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (2012-2015).

Research | Current

  • Modern and postmodern architecture
  • New Zealand architecture
  • Conservation of significant 20th century buildings

Teaching | Current

ARCHGEN 751, Heritage Assessment and Conservation Planning

ARCHGEN 754, Research Project

Postgraduate supervision

Julia supervises MArch, MArch(Prof) and PhD theses in the areas of architectural history, modern heritage and adaptive reuse. Her current doctoral supervisions are:

- Tony Barnes, 'The Architectural Expression of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Auckland'.

- Phillip Hartley, ‘Thoroughly Modern Heritage: Preserving the Modernist Architectural Heritage of New Zealand’.

- Milica Madjanovic, ‘Architectural Historicism 1900-1950: Architectural and Urban Transformation of Queen Street, Auckland’.

- Bill McKay, ‘The Second World War Memorial Community Centres of the First Labour Government’.

- Joy Park, ‘An Evaluation Toolkit for Heritage-value Delivery in Urban Regeneration in New Zealand’.

- Candida Rolla, 'The Cross-fertilisation of Ideas between New Zealand and Overseas Heritage Architecture Restoration, Conservation and Reuse'.

- Jeremy Treadwell, ‘Constructions of the 19th Century Whare Maori’.

- Stacy Vallis, ‘Architectural Heritage Conservation Concerns for Seismic Retrofitting Unreinforced Masonry Building Precincts in New Zealand’.

Julia is also a co-supervisor for:

- Jeremy Smith, ‘Degenerative Form: Definishing Architecture within New Zealand’s ‘Unfinished’ Land(scapes)’. Main supervisor: Prof. Andrew Barrie.



  • NZIA President’s Award for Services to Architecture, 2009
  • NICAI Early Career Research Excellence Award, 2009
  • University of Auckland Early Career Research Excellence Award, 2010


Head of the School of Architecture and Planning

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Melis, A., & Gatley, J. (2018). A Romantic in Tuscany: Alessandro Gherardesca and the Transformation of Pisa’s Piazza del Duomo. Cogent Social Sciences, 4 (1), 1-21. 10.1080/23311886.2018.1487256
  • Gatley, J. M., & McKay, W. (2018). Beyond Futuna: John Scott, modern architecture and Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand. In E. Grant, K. Greenop, A. Refiti, D. Glenn (Eds.) The handbook of contemporary indigenous architecture (pp. 607-635). Singapore: Springer. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bill McKay
  • Gatley, J. (2017). New Zealand. In U. Carughi, M. Visone (Eds.) Time frames: Conservation policies for twentieth-century architectural heritage (pp. 193-195). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Gatley, J. (2017). After Knight comes Light (and Toy): The modernising years. In J. Gatley, L. Treep (Eds.) The Auckland School: 100 years of architecture and planning (pp. 40-73). Auckland, New Zealand: School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland.
  • Gatley, J. (2015). “Group-cum-Brutalism”?: Highgate Spinney, London, 1964-66. Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 25 (2), 262-286. 10.1080/10331867.2015.1036489
  • Gatley, J. (2015). The question of Auckland's civic building. DOCOMOMO Journal, 52, 83-85.
  • Gatley, J. (2014). Life at the Rotherham House in the 1950s and 1960s. Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 24 (2), 244-267. 10.1080/10331867.2014.961223

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 610
New Zealand