Lance Walters


Assistant Professor,
School of Architecture

Professor Lance Walters of the School of Architecture is described by his colleagues as a faculty member who inspires his peers, making them proud to be teachers, one stating unequivocally that Walters “teaches me to be a better educator.” As a professional who brings both passion and compassion to his teaching at Mānoa, his students learn to be exceptional designers, knowing full well that they will be challenged to produce some of their best work under his tutelage. Professor Walters is a licensed architect who continues to practice and stay current in the field, but who entered academia for the “express idea that teaching—especially in beginning design and technology—would allow me to have the most significant impact on the profession.” He communicates to students the importance of cultural values and a unique sense of place, as well as the importance of being a global citizen. He clearly articulates the importance of his connections to family and to landscape through the lens of his indigenous heritage, while expressing values of education, expanding awareness and setting high expectations for oneself. Students remark on his innovative teaching, accentuated by his “investment in our well-being, naturally seeing the best in us and remembering our strengths.” His recurring undergraduate elective, “Make Your Method,” exposes students to the mechanisms and machines that are the backbone of contemporary design practice, giving students a new, tactile grasp of the digital design and fabrication tools of the architecture profession. Professor Walters has generated a number of collaborative design projects that reach the community, providing opportunities for students to extend classroom skills to direct and impactful purpose in the context of community. Some examples include the design of a pneumatic gathering space at the 2017 Honolulu Biennial and the annual undergraduate projects, described as “pneumatic shapes that herd and graze on the quad…astonishing students and visitors, exotic, gently undulating, luminous, fully habitable, otherworldly volumes.”

School of Architecture