Robin Skinner

Senior Lecturer
Wellington School of Architecture


BE (Civil), BArch (Hons), PhD Auckland

Research interests

My current research interests include:

  • post colonialism and architecture
  • nineteenth century discourse
  • New Zealand architecture.

Selected publications

Chapter in book

Skinner, R. (2019) “A Pretty True Reflection of Our Civilisation: Classical Architecture in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand,” in The Routledge Handbook on the Reception of Classical Architecture, Eds Nicholas Temple, Andrzej Piotrowski and Juan Manuel Heredia (London: Routledge) (pp. 343-55).

Skinner, R. (2019) “The Edinburgh of the South: Seeking the New Town,” in The New Town of Edinburgh: An Architectural Celebration, ed. Clarisse Godard Desmarest, (Edinburgh: John Donald) (pp.165-81).

Skinner, R. (2012) A hive of conspiracy: extending New Zealand's Parliament buildings, In Basil Spence: buildings and projects. Editors: Campbell L, Glendinning M, Thomas J. RIBA Publishing, London 2012 (pp. 224-237)

Journal contribution - research article

Skinner, R. (2019) “… dreamt of, indeed, but utterly unknown!”: The Earle Panoramas of the Tasman World," Fabrications, 29 (3)

Skinner, R. (2017) Pemberton’s Happy Colony: Reappraising the Reception and Legacy of a Nineteenth-Century Utopia Fabrications: the journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand 27 (3): (pp. 376-95).

Conference paper in published proceedings

Skinner, R. (2018). Sources for Pemberton’s Happy Colony (1854). GeoCart’18 The 9th National Cartographic Conference and the 46th Annual ANZMapS Conference, Wellington, 5-7 September 2018.

Skinner, R. (2018). The Earle Panoramas of the Tasman World. EAHN (European Architectural History Network) Fifth International Meeting. 13-16 June 2018, Estonia.

Vale, V. and Skinner, R. (2018). R.G.S. Beatson: From Student Work to Auckland Houses. Historiographies of Technology and Architecture: The 35th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand Wellington, 4-7 July 2018.

Skinner, R. (2017). Past Interests, Future Directions: Architecture Dissertation Topics, 1931-1975. Educating Architects and Planners, 1917-2017, University of Auckland School of Architecture Centenary Symposium, University of Auckland, Auckland, 7-9 Sep 2017

Skinner, R. (2017). From Athens of the North: to Edinburgh of the South. Nouvelle Ville d’Édimbourg et les villes nouvelle en Écosse 1767-2017, University of Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, 5-6 Oct 2017

Skinner, R. (2017). Building Societies for a New Colony: Arthur Holroyd’s proposal; Association of Academic Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS) 9th Annual Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, 9 - 10 Nov 2017

Full list of Robin's publications are available on the Wellington School of Architecture website.