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NZIA City Talks: Bill McKay’s Worship—A History of New Zealand Church Design

19 September 2016

City Talks is an ongoing series presented in partnership with the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch.

Bill McKay, author of Worship: A History of New Zealand Church Designpays tribute to some of our most significant buildings of the last 200 years in this talk for Architecture Week. McKay invites us to consider the future of our church buildings in an era witnessing a decline in the relationship between spiritual and civic life. Given their fascinating history he asks how we identify which buildings we want to maintain and care for, and how we share the costs for earthquake strengthening and maintenance as communities are forced to reconsider how we value our built environment.


Bill McKay has written and talked extensively on New Zealand architecture and urban design issues. His commentary and criticism over the last decade was recognised by the New Zealand Institute of Architects with a President's Award and Urbis Magazine named him Best Architectural Writer.  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.

Bill McKay's visit to Wellington is supported by Penguin Random House Books.