What does an Urban Design Manager at Council do?
I lead a team of 13-15 people who contribute to the making of great places for people in Wellington from a design-led approach. Most people on the team are trained as urban designers, landscape architects or architects.
Describe your team to us…
The Urban Design team consists of three branches – Public Space Delivery, Design Review, and Design Strategy – all of which take a cross-disciplinary approach and collaborate widely across the Council and externally.
- The Public Space Delivery branch is responsible for the planning, design and delivery of built projects in the public realm (such as laneways, streetscapes, town centres, public spaces, etc.). These projects can be long-term or temporary trials (such as the parklets of the Innovating Streets programme).
- The Design Review branch is responsible for ensuring good design outcomes happen through both regulatory and non-regulatory processes. It assesses all Resource Consent applications that require assessment against the District Plan Design Guides, and it engages with Resource Consent applicants from the pre-application stage through to monitoring and compliance. It also assesses proposals to upgrade our roads and public spaces through a series of internal design review panels.
- And then there’s the Design Strategy branch of Urban Design, which is increasingly responsible for leading and/or contributing to strategic projects and initiatives, particularly those required as part of Council’s Planning for Growth programme.
Tell us something interesting the team is focusing on right now…
We are working out how to collaborate better with Wellington’s local neighbourhood communities, with the aim of empowering those communities to help shape how growth happens around them. We are also developing an evidence-based plan to improve the provision of green spaces and infrastructure in our central city as more people are anticipated to live more densely.