Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer and Associate Head (Student Relations) in the School of Architecture and Planning. He has taught in all subject areas and currently supervises postgraduate theses, coordinates the teaching of architectural technology and some design courses, and teaches the Professional Studies courses. Bill writes extensively on New Zealand architecture in books, journals and magazines and has received a New Zealand Institute of Architects President's Award, as well as being named Best Architectural Writer by Urbis magazine. He is a regular critic of architecture and commentator on urban design issues as well as being very involved in local Auckland issues. Bill’s research is in the area of New Zealand historical and contemporary architecture, with a special interest in Maori architecture. His current funded research projects range from state houses to post-war marae development and war memorial halls (as part of his PhD). He continues to practice both architecture and public sculpture with current projects in Auckland and the Chatham Islands. He is also working on Cloudland, a history of New Zealand architecture that focuses on the buildings most of us live and work in, and is editing Awkward City, a collection of essays about the history and development of Auckland.