Dr Nigel Westbrook

Started at UWA: 1993

Architectural history researcher, lecturer and supervisor

Dr Nigel Westbrook is an architectural historian, lecturer, and Deputy Head (Research) at UWA’s School of Design. He specialises in the architectural crossroads between West and East, from the early medieval to the 20th century.

After studying architecture at RMIT he joined the Architectural Association (AA) in London for three years, then returned to Australia to get registered and worked in several architectural offices. In his almost three decades at UWA, Nigel has combined architectural practice with teaching, and more recently moved into architectural history research, PhD supervision and administration.

In 2019, he published three books:

  • The Great Palace in Constantinople: An Architectural Interpretation (ACSHA 2) (Brepols Press)
  • Late Antique Palatine Architecture. Palaces and Palace Culture: Patterns of Transculturation (ACSHA 5) (Brepols Press) with Lynda Mulvin, UCD
  • A Vital Past: Development, Architectural Design and the formation of heritage in Late-Twentieth Century Iran (contract with Manchester University Press)

Nigel has also contributed chapters and drawings to other books.

“I enjoy finding evidence for things that open up new leads into uncharted territory. My architectural training enables me to examine visual evidence in a spatial manner, enabling three dimensional reconstruction of disappeared architectural heritage,” he says.


  • BArch (RMIT)
  • MArch (RMIT)
  • PhD (UWA)
Research Repository


Nigel is the author of three books published in 2019

Greece studios

Nigel has co-run seven design studios in Greece


Supervisor opportunities

Nigel has been supervising PhD students for 16 years, overseeing projects such as Planning Modernity: New Settlements in Modern Iran, The Possibility of an Architecture in Outer Space, and Impact of Vertical Schools on Middle Easter Environments; Urban Metabolism and Resilience for the Future.

He welcomes expressions of interest from prospective postgraduate students in architecture.

Contact Nigel via the details below to discuss further.


Contact Dr Nigel Westbrook