Position: Partner - Walker Cunnington Architects (Sheffield)
Profession: Chartered Architect
- Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC)
- Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)
- Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
- Architects Registration Board (ARB)
- MA Heritage Management (Sheffield Hallam Uni) 2003
- Diploma in Architecture (Sheffield University) 1997
- BA.Arch (Hons) Degree (Sheffield University) 1994
- Dip Foundation Studies in Art & Design (Bournville School of Art & Design) 1991
John-Paul Walker is a chartered RIBA architect with extensive experience in conservation and regeneration; he combines historic expertise with a contemporary and sustainable approach to design. His roles have included: framework consultant architect for English Heritage (London & Yorkshire Regions) and framework architect for both the YHA and Birmingham City Council. He is an active member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and the Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC), which reflect his significant expertise in dealing with historic and listed buildings.
John-Paul's innovative and hands-on approach to design and conservation displays a rigorous level of crafting and practical approach to problem solving. This is expressed in his work where he has had the privilege of working closely with some of the UK’s finest craftsmen and monuments; exploring both contemporary and traditional construction.
As joint co-ordinator of the MA Conservation & Regeneration at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture the practice is constantly informed by John-Paul's continued engagement with academia.
Walker Cunnington Architects (2013+)
John-Paul is a partner of Walker Cunnington Architects, joining with John Cunnington Architects, bringing together over forty years experience and expertise in the field of architecture and conservation.
JPW architects (2009-13)
John-Paul was the founder of JPW architects, an innovative practice that combines historic expertise with a contemporary and sustainable approach to design.
John-Paul is interested in alternative procurement routes to enable projects to be realised having worked closely with several co-operatives, charities and building preservation trusts (BPT). This has included working with the Regather (trading co-op) to convert a grade II listed cutlery factory in Sheffield into a community trading hub, the regeneration of a grade II* listed Georgian town house in Boston with the Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire (BPT) and the regeneration of a redundant grade II listed non-conformist chapel located in Sheffield General Cemetery with South Yorkshire Building Preservation Trust and Sheffield General Cemetery Trust.
John-Paul sensitive approach to design is demonstrated in his many bespoke domestic projects, both new build and extensions, historic and contemporary. He also designing the sensitive alteration and extension of a care home housed in a C19th villa in the Broomhall Conservation Area of Sheffield.
John-Paul successfully collaborated on several projects with John Cunnington before the practices merged. These included the condition surveys of grade I listed Kelham Hall for Newark and Sherwood District Council, a gazetteer of the grade I listed Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet in Sheffield, the major reordering of grade II listed St John’s Church in Carrington and the conservation of grade II listed ruinous East Wykeham Church in Lincolnshire.
University Teaching (2004+)
At the University of Sheffield School of Architecture he is joint co-ordinator of the MA Conservation & Regeneration, a course that aims to engage with a range of historic and contemporary design approaches to effectively evaluate and manage change within the historic built environment of the 21st century.
He also tutors at CEM (Reading University). This involvement in academia enables him to further engage with current issues in architecture and conservation.
John Cunnington Architects (2001-09)
John-Paul has previously worked for John Cunnington Architects (Matlock), a nationally respected conservation and regeneration practice, where his role included projects for English Heritage in the London and Yorkshire Regions, and framework architect for both the YHA and Birmingham City Council. This gave him the privilege of working with some of the countries finest historic monuments and craftsmen, including projects such as the £130k Visitor Centre at Scarborough Castle, the £7.8m award winning regeneration of Handsworth Park (Birmingham) and the £490k award winning conversion of St John’s Church (Carrington, Nottingham).
John-Paul has also worked for GTD Architects (Sheffield), where his role was principal design architect for the Cliff College campus redevelopment. This £5.5m project rationalised and extended a complex and piecemeal Bible college campus. Whilst he was at Ritchie & Rennie Architects (Sheffield), he worked on a variety of local projects, including the redevelopment of Bakewell town centre, a £4.2m urban regeneration project with new retail and residential elements. Early in his career John-Paul worked in India with two of the countries leading architects, Raj Rewal (New Delhi) and Balkrishna Doshi (Ahmedabad). He was involved with design work for the Parliamentary Library in New Delhi and the Aga Khan Centre in Lisbon, Portugal.
Outside work John-Paul continues to pursue his fine art and craft interests and has a passion for restoring classic vehicles. He is a keen outdoor enthusiast and competition mountain biker. He is an active member of his local church and enjoys the live music and club culture of the city of Sheffield where he lives.