Associate Professor Julia Gatley

PhD, MArch


Assoc Prof Julia Gatley, MArch, PhD, is the immediate past Head of the School of Architecture and Planning (2016-2018), and in 2019 she returns to a teaching and research position in the School. She 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 751, Heritage Assessment and Conservation Planning

ARCHGEN 754, Research Project

ARCHHTC 340, Oceanic Architecture and Urbanism

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's Houses (1900-1925)'.

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

- 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, ‘The Delivery of Heritage Values through Urban Regeneration: The Case Study of Britomart in Auckland, New Zealand’.

- Candida Rolla, 'The Cross-Fertilisation of Ideas between New Zealand and Overseas Heritage Architecture and Cultural Landscape Conservation'.

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

- Stacy Vallis, ‘Unreinforced Masonry Precincts in New Zealand: History, Heritage and Seismic Retrofit’.

Recent doctoral completions:

2019: Jeremy Smith, ‘Unfinished Landscapes: How can an Understanding of the New Zealand Landscape as "Unfinished" Inform New Zealand's Residential Architecture in the 21st century?’. Main supervisor: Prof Andrew Barrie; co-supervisor: Assoc Prof Julia Gatley.



  • NZIA President’s Award for Services to Architecture, 2009
  • Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries Early Career Research Excellence Award, 2009
  • University of Auckland Early Career Research Excellence Award, 2010

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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.
  • 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 4, Room 420
New Zealand