Mr Bill McKay

BArch (Hons)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Biography

Bill McKay teaches at Masters level and runs the MArch (Prof) Professional Studies courses in the School of Architecture and Planning.

He writes extensively on New Zealand architecture and urban design issues in books, journals and magazines such as Architecture New Zealand. His commentary and criticism over the last decade have been recognised by the NZ Institute of Architects with a President's Award, and Urbis magazine named him Best Architectural Writer.

He recently published Worship: A History of New Zealand Church Design, illustrated by award winning photographer Jane Ussher. His previous book Beyond the State: NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern (with Andrea Stevens and Simon Devitt) was a 2014 NZ Post Book Awards finalist and a Listener 100 Best Books selection and he speaks extensively on the subject of social housing. He has also made extensive contributions to recent books Long Live the Modern and Group Architects: Towards a New Zealand Architecture.

His PhD research is focused on the war memorial halls of the First Labour Government and their contribution to modernism in post-war New Zealand.He is also working on a design history of Auckland entitled Awkward City, a history of the country’s built environment, Making New Zealand, and (with Jason Mann) a field guide and website dedicated to South Pacific architecture. 

Bill's regular commentary on built environment issues can be heard on RNZ, with the archive of his podcasts available here

Research | Current

  • New Zealand architectural history
  • Maori architecture
  • South Pacific architecture
  • Social housing
  • War memorials
  • Auckland urban design issues
  • Contemporary architectural criticism
  • Contemporary practice and design

Teaching | Current

With Lynda Simmons: Professional Studies 1 and 2, dealing with project and practice management, contract law, building law and the Resource Management Act.

Supervision of Master of Architecture (professional) theses.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • McKay, B., & Stevens, A. (2014). Beyond the State: New Zealand State Houses from Modest to Modern. Auckland: Penguin. Pages: 287. Related URL.
  • McKay, W. D. (2011). Modernists and Maori Housing 1960. Paper presented at Audience: 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Brisbane, Australia. 7 July - 10 July 2011. (pp. 7).
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/18899
  • McKay, W. D. (2011). Living Halls: The War Memorial Community Centres. Living Halls / Fiona Jack. Auckland: Clouds and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
  • Gatley, J., & McKay, W. D. (2010). Novel Building Ventures: Group Experiments in Design and Build. In Julia Gatley (Ed.) Group Architects: Towards a New Zealand Architecture (pp. 36-50). Auckland: Auckland University Press.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julia Gatley
  • McKay, W. D., & Gatley, J. (2010). Buildings for the Sub-tropics: The Group and Other Moderns. In Julia Gatley (Ed.) Group Architects: Towards a New Zealand Architecture (pp. 197-207). Auckland: Auckland University Press.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julia Gatley
  • McKay, W. D. (2009). Palisade: Okahu Bay. Paper presented at Cultural Crossroads: 26th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Auckland, N.Z.. 2 July - 5 July 2009. Cultural Crossroads: Proceedings of the 26th SAHANZ conference.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/19032
  • McKay, W. D. (2008). Ratana Precinct; Haresnape House; Our Lady of Lourdes; AMP Building; Maori Battalion Memorial Hall; Canterbury Arcade Building; The Brow (aka Pattison House); Martin House, West Plaza; Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre; Ngamatea Homestead. In J. Gatley (Ed.) Long Live the Modern New Zealand's New Architecture 1904-1984 (pp. 16, 106, 118, 134,156,158). Auckland: Auckland University Press.
  • McKay, W. D. (2006). Halfcaste or Bicultural: John Scott, Maori and Architecture in the 1960s'. Paper presented at Contested Terrains: 23rd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Freemantle, Australia. 29 September - 2 October 2006. Proceedings [of the] Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand XXIII Annual Conference 2006. (pp. 9).
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/18341

Contact details

Primary location

ARCHITECTURE - EAST - Bldg 421E
Level 4, Room 426
26 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand