Urban Design Forum debate live-streamed from Auckland’s North Studio

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Our Auckland office started the 2019 Studio Sessions by hosting a debate sponsored by the Urban Design Forum. Mediated by Nick Williamson, senior planning consultant at Align Limited, a panel of six urban design experts and opinion leaders argued the topic, "Urban Design: The panacea we had hoped for?"

The affirmative team were led by John Duguid, planning manager for Auckland Council. Katja Lietz, GM Masterplanning and Placemaking for the Hobsonville Land Company; and Ben van Bruggen, Manager of Auckland’s City Design Strategy team in the Auckland Design Office; rounded out the group.

Arguing against the proposition, architect Julie Stout, an NZIA  Distinguished Fellow, partner in Mitchell & Stout Architects and president of lobby group Urban Auckland; and Leonie Freeman, CEO of Property Council New Zealand; were led by Boffa Miskell partner, landscape architect Rachel de Lambert.

Urban designer Lisa Mein is on the Urban Design Forum national committee, and hosted the event.

“The Urban Design Forum is a national organisation, so although this particular debate was somewhat Auckland-centric, it was important for us to include UDF members from across the country in the event.”

With a capacity crowd in attendance in the North Studio, urbanists from other cities were able to watch the entertaining debate as it was  live-streamed to our Wellington, Tauranga, Queenstown and Christchurch offices, each of whom hosted a group of clients.

“This debate was the first time we’ve done a live-stream to other offices,” says chief executive Kerry Gupwell. “Having the capability to host events like this, and include our consultants and clients across the country, was a priority this year. Achieving that goal this early on sets us up for an exciting and informative year ahead, and reinforces that fact that although Boffa Miskell has offices from Auckland to Dunedin, we truly are one company.”

Watch the debate on Boffa Miskell’s YouTube channel here

20 February 2019