REGISTRATIONS CLOSE - 9am, Thursday 16th September 2021. For late registrations please email

This one-day workshop is aimed at planners who are seeking to gain an understanding of the theory, principles and practice of urban design and how this can be applied to planning and when an urban designer could be required to achieved the intended planning outcomes sought in the resource consent and plan making process. The course will provide an understanding of the role of urban design can play through the planning process and how planners can effectively engage, evaluate and assess urban design evidence/comments they may receive.

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:

  • Gained an understanding of urban design theory, principles and practice how this applies to planning and what ‘sound urban design practice’ could look like.
  • Gained an understanding of the role and importance of urban design when seeking to create sustainable urban planning and design outcomes through the planning process, especially during the critical plan making process.
  • Gained an understanding of the role and importance of urban design in the resource consent process and explaining the need for urban design to applicants; and
  • 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.

NOTE - If you are interested in attending a workshop please register early to ensure it goes ahead. Minimum numbers are required for a workshop to run. This generally ensures there is sufficient people to allow different experience and views to be part of the discussion within the course setting. Registration deadline is normally 2 - 3 weeks prior to the event. Thank you.

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