Two consultants join Urban Design Forum leadership

The Urban Design Forum promotes cross-disciplinary understanding of urban design and provides a forum for discussion of design-based approaches that are relevant to the development and management of New Zealand towns and cities.

Boffa Miskell urban designers Lisa Mein (Auckland) and Tim Church (Christchurch) have been elected to the Urban Design Forum (UDF) National Committee.

Marc Baily, an urban planner and partner, based in our Wellington office is a long-serving UDF member. He says, “Tim and Lisa represent the diversity inherent in the subject and practice of urban design. Both approach it from the Boffa Miskell values perspective — which is evidence-based and collaborative, and provides locally-derived workable solutions for our clients.”

“As a practice with a continually growing group of experienced and trained urban designers it’s great to see the gender, geographic, and discipline diversity of Tim and Lisa elected to the UDF leadership.”

Lisa joined Boffa Miskell in 2004 and has played a major role in urban development and renewal projects within the Auckland region, including Talbot Park in Glen Innes, a multi award-winning community renewal project.

Lisa says, “The Urbanism conference earlier this year generated so much positive energy. That, together with the government’s focus on urban development, compelled me to want to be more involved with the Urban Design Forum to harness some of that energy, continue to drive high quality urban design outcomes throughout New Zealand and raise the profile of the organisation beyond the major cities.”

Tim is an urban designer with a landscape architecture background and has been with Boffa Miskell since 2006. He brings two decades of professional experience to the UDF committee, 17 of these as an urban designer. Tim’s expertise lies in urban design, masterplanning, policy advice and guidance and cultural design.

“I have been heartened by the increasing acceptance of Iwi engagement and Maori cultural design in urban development, particularly here in Ōtautahi / Christchurch. I would like to share those experiences more widely with UDF members and help work closely with Nga Aho to integrate this into our industry’s best practice,” says Tim.

Auckland-based partner Rachel de Lambert is a long-serving member of the UDF. She says, “Tim and Lisa will bring different skills to the forum as a result of their varied backgrounds and experience. Both are keen to contribute to the national leadership of the profession and to bring their new energy to the committee. As company, Boffa Miskell supports the UDF through encouraging membership and participation.”

For further information please contact Tim Church

9 October 2018