Urban Design in Action for Planners

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATIONS - 9.00am, Wednesday 29th July 2020
For late registrations please email admin@planning.org.nz

This one-day workshop is aimed at planners who are seeking to gain an understanding of the of the practice of urban design and how this can be applied to planning to achieve the intended planning outcomes sought in either through resource consent and/or plan making process. This course builds on the one day introductory course on urban design, but can be undertaken independently.

The course is based around up-to-date case studies and evaluating current best practice, using both local and international examples in Auckland, Queenstown, Tauranga, Christchurch and in North America. This is supported by the presenters’ own professional experiences working on a wide range of urban design issues and projects.

By the end of the course you will have

  • An introduction to site layout, subdivision, the role of precinct plans and master planning and other urban design approaches to development with the tools and information requirements to deliver these in practice.
  • Being confident in identifying and understand the difference between planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design opinions and how these should be applied through the planning process.
  • Understand the drivers of the development process in order to deliver your urban design outcomes in practice.
  • The ability to ensure urban design policy intentions are effectively incorporated into the plan to ensure you have the mandate for urban design.

This workshop is aimed at planners but is open to all built environment professionals with an interest in developing effective urban design outcomes in practice. The class will be interactive and draws on the presenters’ real-life working examples including projects dealing with both small and large scale projects including, master-planning, Special Housing Areas, residential and commercial developments and infrastructure issues.

Attendees are invited to also bring examples from their own experience for discussion and comment.


Ian Munro
Ian Munro (B.Plan (Hons), M.Plan (Hons), M.Arch[Urb Des] (Hons), M.EnvLS (Hons), MNZPI, Certified RMA Commissioner) is a self-employed planner & urban designer, Hearings Commissioner with in-depth work experience work across New Zealand, and a member of the Auckland Council’s Urban Design Panel.

Dr Lee Beattie
Dr Lee Beattie (PhD, MNZPI MRSNZCertified RMA Commissioner) is the Deputy Head of the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning and director of the University’s urban design programme. He is an urban planner and designer with over 25 years professional experience in an extensive range of complex urban planning and urban design matters and currently Auckland Council and Queenstown Lakes District Council Hearing Commissioner and Chair of Auckland Council’s Urban Design Panel.

Event Registration

08:30:00 - 16:30:00
Hilton Hotel, 147 Quay Street, Auckland, Auckland
All Planners
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