Now, as we enter 2016, seems a ripe time for a revival of interest in the works and ideas of Walter Segal. 

Scroll to the bottom for details of texts on Segal available here as pdf files to be downloaded

There was a hugely enjoyable Open House day in September 2015, in Walter’s Way, Lewisham, and this has been followed up by an exhibition “Walter’s Way: The Self-Build Revolution” at The Architectural Association from 16 January to 13 February 2016.

On this section of my site, a range of material about Walter Segal is slowly becoming available, basically my own writings but also other material and images, much of it researched in the lead up to the publication of Learning From Segal


This volume – whose back cover is seen here, was published 27 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).  The dual-language meant text had to be cut, and today it is due for thorough overhaul and updating. There has been much optimistic discussion again since 2015 about its being regenerated, perhaps re-published via crowd funding. If you’re interested to be kept in touch with plans, please contact by email. 

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.