Associate Professor Julia Gatley

PhD, MArch


Assoc Prof Julia Gatley, MArch, PhD, FNZIA, is the immediate past Head of the School of Architecture and Planning (2016-2018), and is an architectural historian, with research interests in twentieth-century architecture in general, and the history and heritage value of twentieth-century New Zealand architecture in particular. She has written widely 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).

Research | Current

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

Teaching | Current

ARCHGEN 716, Housing, Not Houses

ARCHGEN 751, Heritage Assessment and Conservation Planning

ARCHGEN 754, Research Project

Postgraduate supervision

Julia supervises doctoral research in the areas of architectural history and heritage conservation, mostly with New Zealand subject matter.

Current doctoral projects on which Julia is main supervisor:

- Tony Barnes, ‘The Architectural Expression of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Auckland’s Houses (1900-1925)’.

- Mugdha Kulkarni, ‘A Study of the Maratha Sea Forts in Konkan Region of India’.

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

- Joy Park, ‘Delivering Heritage Values through Urban Regeneration: The Case Study of Britomart, Auckland, New Zealand’.

- Candida Rolla, ‘Where the Natural and Cultural Unite: New Zealand's Place in the International Development of Cultural Landscape Identification and Preservation’.

Doctoral completions as main supervisor:

2020: Phillip Hartley, ‘Thoroughly Modern Heritage: Preserving the Mid-Century Architectural Heritage of New Zealand; How an Understanding of Modernist Materiality, Form and Planning Engages with Established Conservation Philosophy and Practice'. Co-supervisors: Paola Boarin, Jeremy Treadwell.

2020: Milica Madanovic, ‘Architectural Historicism Revisited: The Case of the 20th-Century Traditionalist Architecture in Queen Street, Auckland’. Co-supervisor: Michael Milojevic.

2020: Jeremy Treadwell, ‘Tuia Te Whare: The Culture of Maori Architectural Technology’. Co-supervisor: Ngarino Ellis; advisor: Mike Austin.

2020: Stacy Vallis, ‘Unreinforced Masonry Precincts in New Zealand: History, Heritage, and Seismic Retrofit’. Co-supervisors: Jason Ingham, Michael Milojevic.

Recent doctoral completions as co-supervisor:

2019: Jeremy Smith, ‘Unfinished Landscapes: How can an Understanding of the New Zealand Landscape as "Unfinished" Inform New Zealands Residential Architecture in the 21st century?’. Main supervisor: Andrew Barrie.



  • Elected Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (FNZIA), 2021.
  • University of Auckland, Early Career Research Excellence Award, 2010.
  • Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, Early Career Research Excellence Award, 2009.
  • New Zealand Institute of Architects, President’s Award for Services to Architecture, 2009.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Gatley, J. M. (2020). “Back to the South”: Cyril Knight and the Modernisation of the Auckland School of Architecture. Journal of Architecture, 25 (4), 396-418. 10.1080/13602365.2020.1766541
  • Gatley, J. (2019). Vulnerable, even the best of them: New Zealand’s modern heritage buildings. In V. Bharne, T. Sandmeier (Eds.) Routledge companion to global heritage conservation (pp. 443-459). Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge.
  • 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.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 420
New Zealand