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Bill McKay

Bill McKay is a lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. He writes extensively on New Zealand architecture and his commentary and criticism over the last decade has been recognised by the NZ Institute of Architects with a Presidents Award and Urbis magazine named him Best Architectural Writer.

About me

Bill McKay is a lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. He writes extensively on New Zealand architecture and his commentary and criticism over the last decade has been recognised by the NZ Institute of Architects with a Presidents Award and Urbis magazine named him Best Architectural Writer. He is a frequent media commentator, has a fortnightly urban issues spot on RNZ’s Nine to Noon show, writes regularly for Architecture NZ and is in high demand as a public speaker, addressing both historical and contemporary issues in our built environment, especially housing and urban design.


His work includes a focus on Maori and his two most recent academic journal articles have focused on the bi-cultural relationship in relation to specific buildings and events. His recent books include Worship: A History of New Zealand Church Design (2015) and Beyond the State: New Zealand State Houses from Modest to Modern (a 2014 NZ Post Book Awards finalist) and chapters in The Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture (2018) and a forthcoming book on the significant Maori architect John Scott (2019).


This year he will be teaching a design course focused on Maori housing and marae redevelopment as well as his regular Pacific Architecture masters course.

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