More detail on the speakers and their presentations can also be found on the conference website Agenda.
With a program that includes over 50 speakers, 5 panels, key sector specialists from across New Zealand in addition to networking events and study tours in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, this is an event focused on driving change within our urban settlements.
Register as a delegate now. Early Bird closes 9 April.
Conference sponsors: Wellington City Council, Urban Design Forum, Jasmax, Isthmus and Boffa Miskell.
With a 25 year career in property, Nigel McKenna is one of the most experienced development managers in New Zealand. As Development Director of DASL Nigel has extensive understanding with leading large diverse teams and undertaken a wide variety of highly specialized projects. Nigel was responsible for the management of the master planning process for the Viaduct and undertook the role of Development Manager for Metropolis and the DFS Customhouse Galleria.
Nigel is a Chartered Surveyor and Founding Chairman for New Zealand of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. A former Ernst & Young Property Entrepreneur of the year, Nigel was a Director on the Auckland Council Property Board from 2008 to 2010.
He has received in excess of 20 individual awards from a range of organizations including the Institute of Architects and the Property Council for projects such as Dockside and Shed 5 in Wellington, Beaumont Quarter, North and Stratis at Lighter Quay in addition to The Quadrant Hotel to name but a few. These are testimony to his attention to detail and ability to achieve quality results within the framework of commercial budgets and programs.
Nigel has an extensive relationship with Council, from sitting on the Mayoral Urban Design Taskforce to now being a key strategic development advisor to Auckland Council Property Ltd (ACPL).
Focusing on developing a ‘Statement on Urbanism’ through engaging sector cohorts including urban designers, architects, planners, engineers, surveyors and landscape architects together with property development and construction the conference will take place on 14 – 15 May in Wellington.
Patrick is the nation’s leading photographer of the built environment. His architectural work can be seen in most leading publications both nationally and internationally, and particularly in a series of substantial illustrated books published by Penguin Random House, including City House Country House  Bungalow , Auckland Art Gallery A Place for Art , Big House Small House , New New Zealand Houses , Homework , and Villa . He is also known for his expressive work which is included in collections such as Te Papa Tongarewa and the Auckland Art Gallery.
He has lead Auckland specific Urban Design studio courses at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. In 2013 he received a President’s Award from the NZ Institute of Architects for his contributions to the fields of architecture and urban design.
He is a committee member of Urban Auckland and deputy chair of Greater Auckland, two influential civil society groups dedicated to improving the urban realm. He is a member of the Auckland Council Advisory Panel for Art in Public Places [since 2015], the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board , and a member of the Auckland Transport Board Customer Focus Committee.
Jonathan F.P. Rose, author on how to create resilient cities and founder of the Jonathan Rose Companies will be participating in the speakers program at the 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference. Joining the program line-up from his base in New York, Mr Rose will present on the issues he discusses in his book The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilisations and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life in addition to undertaking Q&A with our delegates.
Mr Rose’s business, public policy and not-for-profit work all focus on creating more environmentally, socially and economically resilient cities. In 1989 he founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning and investment firm, which creates real estate and planning models to address the challenges of the 21st century.
His firm’s work touches on many aspects of community health, working with cities and not-for-profits to build affordable and mixed-income housing, cultural, health and educational infrastructure, and advocates for neighbourhoods to be enriched with parks and open space, mass transit, jobs and healthy food.
The Well-Tempered City won the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher and Mr Rose lectures on affordable housing, community development, smart growth and the environment.
is a director of Sills van Bohemen, the Auckland architecture practice she founded in 2001 with Aaron Sills.
The practice has built a reputation for its urban design practice and has undertaken master planning, parks and streetscape design, and written design guidelines and best practice manuals. Prior to the Unitary Plan, the practice was engaged in studies and consultation associated with plan changes to achieve increased density, particularly in and around Takapuna. Christina was part of the volunteer effort that contributed to early work on the Auckland plan and contributed to the submission process during the Unitary Plan hearings by NZIA, UDF and GenZero.
Until recently Christina was chair of the Auckland Urban Design Panel that she was appointed to in 2010 and has also chaired a number of specialist urban design panels including Hobsonville.
Christina has been an active member of the NZIA throughout her career, having served at local branch level and on the NZIA Council. She was a member of the New Zealand Registered Architects Board from 2010-16.
James Lunday, General Manager of Strategy and Regeneration Planning at Regenerate Christchurch is an Urban Designer/Urban Planner with 35 years’ experience. His strong background in Urban Planning and Design, Landscape Planning and Architectural design has enabled him to fully grasp the challenge of creating Urban Spatial Plans, Public Realm design, Masterplans, City Revitalisation Programmes, Retail Planning and leading the multi-disciplinary teams necessary to deliver better outcomes and infrastructure interventions.
James has been member of Manukau and Auckland Urban Design Panels and an Urban Design adviser to NZTA. He is the recipient of awards in architecture, planning, landscape, economic development and winning a competition in China for a New Town Design and in Kuwait for the Government Legal Institution Campus. James has worked in Europe, and continues to work in Australia, New Zealand, Pacific, South Africa, Kuwait, Sri Lanka and China. His most recent award was 2017 RAPI Award for Planning excellence for work undertaken in Western Australia.
Be involved in New Zealand’s leading collective discussion on urbanism. Submit your abstract CALL FOR PAPERS before the deadline closes 9 February to speak on topics involving living; moving; community; city’s heart centre; design; development; delivery and case studies within New Zealand and overseas.
The conference will engage the cohort of urban designers, architects, planners, engineers, surveyors and landscape architects together with the property development and construction sector to develop an ACTION STATEMENT ON URBANISM for the decision makers of New Zealand.
Join speakers including Ludo Campbell-Reid, Connal Townsend, Patrick Reynolds, Christina van Bohemen, Adrienne Young-Cooper, Justin Lester, James Lunday, Nigel McKenna and leading international advocates. Sponsored by the Wellington City Council, Urban Design Forum and Jasmax the conference will include feature speakers, specialist panel of sector leaders, up to 40 concurrent session presentations, government representation, networking events and study tours of Christchurch and Wellington.