Dr Michael John Davis

PhD, MArch, BArch


Mike Davis has practiced architecture in New Zealand, Canada, and the Netherlands. His experience spans from high density housing, to heritage retro-fits; from government buildings, to resorts in locations from Ethiopia to New Caledonia. He holds a PhD from RMIT (Melbourne) and a Master of Architecture in Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association's Design Research Laboratory (London).

Research | Current

My research is practice based. It operates in two modes: In design projects where knowledge is embedded in drawn, modelled and built form; and in text which often reflects upon the projects to explicate the embedded knowledge. My principle focus falls on relations between architectural media, composition and fabrication.

Teaching | Current

I teach (and research) in the areas of architectural design and architectural media. Since 2007 this work has been pursued through real-world projects for community organisations.


I am Director of Architecture programmes at the School of Architecture and Planning.

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Davis, M. J., Paterson, A., Melis, A., & Mecredy, E. (2017). Transitioning the Live Project: A managed interface between the architectural academy and professional practice. In R. Hay, F. Samuel (Eds.) Professional Practices in the Built Environment Conference Proceedings, 165-173. Reading, England. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Aaron Paterson
  • Davis, M. (2015). Academy-profession-market: Confronting the tension through the live project. In D. K. Brown, M. Manfredini, P. McPherson, A. Pretty, U. Rieger, M. Southcombe (Eds.) Applied Collaborations, 146-157. Christchurch: AASA conference organizers. Related URL.
  • Davis, M. J. (2015). Langs Doors. New Zealand Prviate commission
  • Davis, M. (2015). Ark: Pursuing qualities of relation through a provisional compositional taxonomy RMIT University, Melbourne. RMIT University. Related URL.
  • Davis, M. J. (2015). The Vessel. Australia RMIT University, Melbourne
  • Davis, M. J., & Melis, A. (2015). Prosperity from the Tree? Mai i te Ngahere Oranga - Building on New Zealand’s timber tradition: A proposal for design and curation of the New Zealand Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. New Zealand New Zealand Institute of Architects
  • Waghorn, K. E. (Ed.) (2014). The lab: At the 5th Auckland Triennial, 2013. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland Art Gallery/Toi o Tāmaki and the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning. Pages: 79. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24191
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kathy Waghorn, Andrew Barrie
  • Davis, M. J., Haringa, H., Wong, R., Huynh, K., & Hunt, A. (2014). Rework Housing New Zealand. New Zealand UN Habitat Related URL.