Tommy Honey Dean of College at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design and the resident urbanist on Radio New Zealand’s Nine-to-Noon programme was invited as a guest lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning.
Honey looked at how the nation’s obsession with number 8 wire as the symbol of our ‘ingenuity’ is a lowest common denominator approach to design, making us the cultural cellar dweller of the Western world. Tommy Honey is a director, designer, educational manager, architectural critic, cultural commentator and reluctant architect. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Auckland in 1986 and, unlike Lot’s wife, has never looked back. He has worked in the theatre as a designer and director, taught architecture and design at Wellington Polytechnic, Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University, Toi Whakaari, CIT, Unitec, and Weltec, project managed at the City Gallery, Wellington and run the Film School for eight years.