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Robert Walsh, PhD

Robert Walsh

Assistant Teaching Professor
137 Stanley Hall
(573) 882-7496
Curriculum Vita (pdf)


PhD, University of Michigan, 2013; M Arch, University of California at Berkeley, 1992; B Arch and BA, Rhode Island School of Design, 1987.


Robert Walsh, Ph.D., is an urban historian, educator, and registered architect (California). Before arriving at Mizzou in 2016, he had taught architectural design studios at UC Berkeley, and at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. In 2013, he received his Ph.D. in Architecture at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, winning the TCAUP Distinguished Dissertation Award for his research investigating the contributions of local architects and designers in the development of a new residential high-rise typology that has helped to transform Vancouver, British Columbia. Walsh continues to be interested in innovative strategies for producing healthy sustainable communities, leveraging emerging technologies to address and anticipate challenges emerging from climate change, and studying urban history for insights relevant to addressing contemporary issues. In several recent conference presentations, Walsh presented research exploring new applications of Patterns and Pattern languages to facilitate sustainable development serving diverse communities. Walsh has recently begun to explore research into building morphology and resistance to extreme wind forces, including tornadoes, a significant threat to many communities across the American Midwest. As an NTT Assistant Teaching Professor, he is actively involved in teaching and service. He teaches courses in Architecture theory, history, American Urbanism, Design Studio and graduate seminars. He serves on several committees at the college and department level, including the Visual Arts and Design Showcase committee. He was recognized as a Mizzou 39 Mentor in 2017. In 2018, he attended the Wakonse Teaching Fellowship and is currently a member of the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Teaching.

Research Interests

Design-Build Construction and Sustainable Communities.