Rae wins 2018 Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Award
Murray Rae has won the NZ$10,000 (AU$9120) Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Award for his book Architecture and Theology: The Art of Place (Baylor University Press).
Rae is an architect who retrained as a theologian and now works as a professor of theology at the University of Otago in Dunedin.
The book explores how modern architecture ‘focus[es] almost entirely on how much revenue can be obtained from increasingly ugly and depressing constructions’, which Rae calls a ‘crisis of the human habitat’.
Convenor of judges Adonia Wylie said, ‘Upon reading this book one can only regret that the sense of a harmonious, numinous and spiritually enhancing built environment has deserted us almost entirely … This is an extremely worthwhile, educating, uplifting and much needed literary accomplishment.’
The New Zealand award for writing in the mind, body and spirit genre is awarded each year by the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust. For more information, click here.