A Southern Architecture: The work of Ted
Otago University Press, hbk, $80
At right is one of Ted McCoy's many drawings and photographs
from A Southern Architecture: The work of Ted McCoy.
During his 50-year career, McCoy has designed numerous houses
and public and institutional buildings, from Aquinas Hall,
his first commission at the age of 25, through the
development of Otago Boys High School, a new sanctuary for St
Paul's Cathedral, and the Hocken (Richardson) building, to
the redevelopment of Otago Museum in 2000.
Most of his work has been in Dunedin and Otago, and he has
won numerous awards and honours, including a gold medal from
the New Zealand Institute of Architects for lifetime
achievement in architecture.
He recorded his work in numerous photographs, which are
reproduced in this book, along with plans and sketches and
There is an introduction by Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins and a
preface by McCoy explaining his philosophy and influences,
which he illustrates with some striking photographs of some
of Dunedin's iconic buildings such as First Church and the
Although trained in modernism, a school of thought which
disparaged Victorian architecture, McCoy was well aware of
the richness of Dunedin's past and its cityscape.
Despite the varying quality of some of the earlier
photographs, this is a magnificent visual record of one of
the country's leading architects who has shaped much of
Dunedin just as Dunedin has shaped him and his work.