After growing up in the Philippines and Little Rock, among other places, Nathaniel Walker studied history as an undergraduate and then earned his MA in architectural history at the Savannah College of Art & Design. His Master’s thesis, entitled Savannah’s Lost Squares, won the Outstanding Graduate Thesis Document Award at SCAD, half of it was later published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and the other half was released in early 2013 in the edited volume Ordnance: War + Architecture & Space (Ashgate).
After working for two years as a draftsman, researcher and urban designer at Mitchell/Matthews Architects & Planners in Charlottesville, VA, Walker entered Brown University’s Ph.D. program in 2008 and worked with Dietrich Neumann on the architecture and urbanism of 19th- and early 20th-century utopian novels and concurrent emerging practices in modern architecture.
In 2011 he curated the Bell Gallery exhibition Building Expectation: Past and Present Visions of the Architectural Future, which featured a range of historic and contemporary design concepts, from political manifestoes to whisky advertisements, selected for their ability to cast light on the different desires that motivate humans to dream up and share visions of the future. His goals as a writer and teacher are to explore how it is that humans imagine and construct their concepts of the “best-possible world,” and how these dreams affect the design and reception of architecture and urbanism in the here and now. He has presented his research in many places, from Harvard to Beirut to Oxford University, and began teaching at RISD in 2010.
- BA, Belmont University
- MA, Savannah College of Art and Design
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