Mr Chris Barton

BArch MArch Auck., DipTchg Auck.


Chris Barton is an architecture critic and editor of Architecture New Zealand.  He has combined his journalism background 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