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Principal Urban Designer (Architecture)

Date: 07-Jun-2019

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

  • Be part of a dedicated and dynamic team
  • Manage design outcomes on multiple development projects!
  • Work for one of NZ’s most unique urban regeneration agencies

We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Urban Designer - Architecture to join our Design and Place Directorate at Panuku Development Auckland.

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

Reporting into the Team Leader Urban Design and Masterplanning, you will lead the production of urban design and architectural work including site design, bulk and massing yield studies, reference designs and development briefs, strategic frameworks and masterplans utilising in-house and external production support.


You will act as the client-side design representative on building projects (from concept design through to detailed technical documentation phases) writing formal design review advice and negotiating particular outcomes through face to face liaison with development teams as well as managing related projects through the Technical Advisory Group review process.

He kōrero mōu: About you

The role requires the ability to work with autonomy in a dynamic environment within multiple project teams. The projects and operating environment require a proactive approach, anticipating issues, strong communication and influencing skills, and a willingness to lead and provide direction.


Skills and Experience

  • 8+ years practical architectural/urban design experience ideally in client-side roles specifying and negotiating building design outcomes.
  • Strong track record in site layout design, specifically, housing and commercial developments and yield modelling work including the application of planning and design requirements.
  • Some experience working within both consultancy and public-sector environments is desirable.
  • Experience in the provision of specialist design advice to address built form and urban design matters.
  • Experience in successful relationship management to achieve organisational outputs.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislative and regulatory requirements and frameworks within the Local Government environment.
  • Good recent knowledge of resource consents and plan change processes (or equivalent regulatory planning regimes).


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

Panuku offers a unique blend of local government and commercially oriented business outcomes. Panuku is an inclusive, flexible and exciting organisation that offers many opportunities for you to make a real difference to how Aucklanders see their city. We support, encourage and nurture our people’s talents – both personally and collectively. Working as part of a team of experienced, dedicated and respected professionals, you will share our passion for making a difference. Our brand-new CBD offices offer flexible working spaces as well as facilities like showers, changing rooms and bike parking.

If you enjoy seeing major projects come to life for Auckland, and want to be part of a vibrant, committed team, then we want to hear from you!


Applications close 23rd of June 2019

Panuku Development Auckland is a council controlled organisation (CCO). Panuku rejuvenates town centres - from small projects that refresh a site or building, to major transformations of town centres or neighbourhoods. 2019 promises to be an exciting year for Panuku Development Auckland's vision in "shaping spaces for Aucklander's to love".