The People of Purpose (POP) Panel at the 2018 Urbanism Conference will focus on the critical issues for urbanism in New Zealand in their identification of the key areas to bring about change in our built environment.
Moderated by journalist Rod Oram, the panel members are:
- Ben van Bruggen, Manager Urban Design Strategy, Auckland Council
- Dr Jessica Halliday, Te Putahi Christchurch Centre for Architecture and City Making
- Justin Lester, Mayor, Wellington City Council
- Connal Townsend, Chief Executive, NZ Property Council
- Adrienne Young-Cooper, Chairman of the Board, Housing New Zealand
Through discussion and questions from conference delegates, Rod Oram will be challenging the panel members to seek consensus on issues connecting the sector as a whole. Once identified, these key issue areas will be reviewed and debated throughout the two days of the conference with the aim of directing future change.
Our Panel Members
Ben van Bruggen is an urban planner, designer and urbanist with 25 years experience and has been involved in leading urbanism projects in China, Russia and Montenegro as well as the UK. He recently joined the Auckland Design Office from the UK where he is the founding director of van Bruggen Limited and was Head of Urban Design at Savills
Dr Jessica Halliday’s passion is finding ways for more and more people to engage and involve themselves with cities, architecture and the decisions made about our built environment. Jessica is an architectural historian and is the Director and co-founder of Te Pūtahi – Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making, a charitable organisation dedicated to growing people and places together.
Justin Lester was elected Mayor in 2016. He joined Wellington City Council as a Northern Ward Councillor in 2010 and then served as Deputy Mayor from 2013 until 2016. During his time as a Councillor, Justin championed the living wage, prioritised good quality local services and supported local businesses. He feels strongly that good local government services make a huge difference in people’s lives
As Chief Executive of Property Council New Zealand since 2004, Connal Townsend is the industry’s principal advocate for New Zealand’s commercial, industrial, retail, property funds and multi-unit residential property owners.
Adrienne Young-Cooper is a qualified planner, now retired and working as a full time non-executive director on the boards of several organisations and businesses. She chairs the board of Housing New Zealand and is on the board of its wholly owned subsidiary, HLC formerly the Hobsonville Land Company.
The 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference major sponsors are the Wellington City Council, Urban Design Forum, Jasmax, Isthmus and Boffa Miskell.