Walter Segal

In 2018-19, book projects are underway and will be outlined here once finally contracted. Over the past few years, growing public interest has shown in a range of events. 

I spoke at a hugely enjoyable Open House day in September 2015, in Walter’s Way, Lewisham. This was followed up by an exhibition “Walter’s Way: The Self-Build Revolution” at The Architectural Association from 16 January to 13 February 2016. And then in August 2017 a Segal discussion at The Building Centre drew an audience of 150. These three London events were co-ordinated by Alice Grahame, my collaborator in our major current writing project. Meanwhile, in September 2018, there will be a Walter Segal exhibition by Dan Teodorovici at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

On this section of my site, a range of texts about Walter Segal is slowly becoming available, much of which was researched three decades ago. (Scroll down for those available as downloadable pdf files.)


My first book on Segal, whose back cover is seen here, was published 29 years ago and is very difficult to find (Amazon claims to be selling a copy for £126!). Titled Learning from Segal: Walter Segal’s Work and Influence, it was published by Birkhaueser in Switzerland in an English-German edition (Von Segal Lernen: Later Segals Leben, Werk Und Wirkung).  

Discourse on Method   Introducing Segal’s system and philosophy in its social context

Lift High the Roofbeams Carpenters is an appreciation of the work and the unique personality of Segal, written within days of his death in 1985

Becoming an Architect between the Wars is an academically researched essay about the education offered to Walter Segal and the fascinating ways in which he dealt with it. (This is a large file.) It can also be found here.

Epistemology or Who is the Architect? explores what architecture means in our society, or who owns architectural knowledge, through the world of Walter Segal.