Ted McCoy

Edward John McCoy ONZM (23 February 1925 – 17 January 2018), generally known as Ted McCoy, was a New Zealand architect whose practice was based in Dunedin.[1] He designed the sanctuary of St Paul's Cathedral (completed 1970), and the Richardson (formerly Hocken) Building of the University of Otago (completed 1979), among many others. In 1950, he established McCoy and Wixon Architects, joined in partnership by Peter Wixon in 1967.

Ted McCoy

Edward John McCoy

(1925-02-23)23 February 1925
Died17 January 2018(2018-01-17) (aged 92)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Alma materAuckland University College
AwardsNZIA Gold Medal (2002)
PracticeMcCoy and Wixon


Born on 23 February 1925,[2] McCoy studied architecture at the University of Auckland, graduating in 1949. He moved back to his home city of Dunedin the following year, setting up an architectural practice in the city. His first major design was for the Dominican Order's Aquinas Hall, in the north of the city, (now an Otago University hall of residence, Aquinas College). The design won a Gold Medal as design of the year from the New Zealand Institute of Architects.[3]

McCoy and his wife Nola had 13 children, two sons and 11 daughters, four of whom followed him into architectural design.[3] He died at his home in Dunedin on 17 January 2018, aged 92.[4]




In 2016, the New Zealand Institute of Architects inaugurated the Ted McCoy Award, to be presented annually, for design of education facilities.[11]

McCoy's career and buildings are recorded in the 2007 book, A Southern Architecture: The work of Ted McCoy, written by McCoy and published by Otago University Press.


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  7. Vine, Gillian (9 March 2012). "Shaping the natural world". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  8. "East Taieri Presbyterian Church". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  9. McIntosh, Peter (18 February 2008). "City shaped by architect's sure and graceful design". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  10. "Queen's Birthday Honours 2005". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 6 June 2005. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  11. "Ted McCoy Award for Education," NZIA. Retrieved 19 January 2018.

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