Kay Saville

Dr Kay Saville-Smith

Dr Kay Saville-Smith MNZM
Director, CRESA


Kay is the director of CRESA and has undertaken extensive research into housing markets, housing demand, retirement villages, accessible housing, sustainable housing, the residential building industry and neighbourhood built environments. She is currently leading the Architecture of Decision-making funded by the Building Better Homes Towns and Cities National Science Challenge, a research programme concerned with the tools and logics different parts of the sector use when making housing and planning decisions.   Kay is also Team Leader for a second programme under BBHTC looking at revitalising the production of housing affordable to low income families and part of the research team working on building and design solutions for the Building Solutions for Affordable, Functional Housing in Ageing Communities project. She is currently undertaking work for the Commission for Financial Capability exploring the Interface between Older People’s Residential Care and the Retirement Village Sector and part of the research team on Building Solutions for Affordable, Functional Housing in Ageing Changing Communities.  In 2018 Kay was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for Services to Older People’s Research and Housing Research.  She is currently appointed to the Ministry Advisory Group on Housing and Urban Development, is a member of the Office for Senior Citizens’ Independent Advisory Group Reviewing the Positive Ageing Strategy and is a Trustee for the Marlborough Sustainable Housing Trust.