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

  • NZRAB registered architect

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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 [A material case study in juxtaposed cannons]. Australia RMIT University, Melbourne
  • Davis, M. J., & Lee, S. (2013). The lab: The 5th Auckland Art Triennial. New Zealand Auckland Art Gallery
  • Davis, M. J. (2013). Pursuing a sense of the emergent through craft practices in architectural design. craft + design enquiry – A World In Making: Cities Craft Design, 5, 49-71. 10.22459/CDE.05.2013
  • Davis, M. J. (2012). Langs Bach. Northland, New Zealand

Contact details

Primary office location

New Zealand