As the inaugural head of WAIT’s graphic design courses David Walker created the distinctive WAIT logo to reflect the Institute’s technological focus. A large, three-dimensional sculpture of the logo stands near Jack Finney Lake at the Kent Street entrance to the Bentley Campus.
David Walker joined WAIT’s School of Art and Design in 1967 as foundation co-ordinator of graphic design courses, having previously worked as a lecturer in design at Perth Technical College. He went on to become the head of the graphic design unit at the Australian National University before returning to WAIT to head the craft areas of the School of Art and Design. The jewellery and three-dimensional design courses that Walker headed became a renowned hub, with alumni achieving national and international recognition. Walker retired from the University in 1997.
Over five decades Walker has held a pre-eminent place in Australian craft practice as one of the most innovative and dedicated practitioners within the field of contemporary jewellery and objects. In 1998, he was awarded the title of Curtin Fellow, in recognition of his influence on the character of visual arts and crafts at the University and his role as an example to staff and students. Walker is now a noted contemporary jewellery artist.