Join us for an evening of creative responses to the life and work of architect John Scott. Curated by poet and writer Gregory O'Brien, Tributes to John Scott will feature eight responses to the beloved late Māori architect. Join us for a selection of musical, poetic and written responses, fast paced and ranging in form, celebrating Scott’s lasting impact on architecture in Aotearoa.

Panellists include artist Ema Scott, architectural designer Jade Kake; University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning senior lecturer Bill McKay; architect Malcolm Walker and TOA Architects associate director Craig Wilson. Doors open at 5.30pm.

Booking is free here and spaces are limited.


Gregory O’Brien is a poet, painter and writer. He co-wrote Futuna: The Life of a Building, published in 2016 by Victoria University Press. Other recent books include Whale Years (Auckland University Press, 2015) and See What I Can See: New Zealand Photography for the Young and Curious (Auckland University Press, 2015).

Ema Scott is of Maori/Irish/Scottish descent. Her iwi is Te Arawa/Ngāti Whakaue/Te Ati Awa/Ngati Raukawa. She views her work as a tangible expression of an unbroken chain of creativity linking through her parents to her tipuna (ancestors) and ultimately to the source of all creation. Ema's father, John Scott, designed their home. Ema says that it has had a profound effect upon her, that it is like living within a sculpture. Her studio is at a very special (Ukaipo) enclave of family land in Haumoana, Hawkes Bay, close to the Tukituki River and Haumoana Beach on the Pacific Ocean.

Bill McKay is a lecturer at the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning and well-known critic and commentator. His most recent books are Worship: A History of New Zealand Church Design and Beyond the State: New Zealand State Houses from Modest to Modern. He has written extensively on Māori and New Zealand architecture and last year published a co-authored book chapter on Scott in the Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture with Julia Gatley.

Jade Kake (Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa, Whakatōhea) is an architectural designer, writer and housing advocate living and working in Whangārei. Her design practice is focussed on working with Māori organisations on their marae, papakāinga and civic projects, and in working with mana whenua groups to express their cultural values and narratives through urban design.

Graeme Burgess has taught part-time at the Auckland School of Architecture, off and on, since the mid-1980s. Burgess + Treep Architects was established (now Burgess Treep + Knight) by Burgess and wife, Lucy Treep in 1989. Burgess’ work includes the former Creative New Zealand Auckland office, the restaurant SPQR, the entryway of the old Objectspace, lots of house alterations and a few houses. Burgess has been a member of the Auckland Council Heritage Advisory Panel since its inception and is a trust board member of the McCahon House Residency Trust.

Malcolm Walker is an Auckland architect who has had an association with John Scott going back to 1970. John has been a mentor and an inspiration since and continues to be. John was a special practitioner with a depth and clarity to his work that we all need to acknowledge, enjoy and learn from.

Public programmes associated with John Scott Works are supported by Auckland Arts Festival. 

Werry House, John Scott, 1978-1979. Image: David Straight.