Lead Architect

Date: 11 Sep 2023

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

  • Interested in offering something back to your city?
  • Influential Lead Architect opportunity in a team passionate about designing our city!
  • Hybrid working environment.


Are you interested in being part of the Council’s Tāmaki Makaurau Design Ope? We are part of the Chief Planning Office, where future policy and strategic directions, including climate change, shape how our city grows for the future. Come and be a part of this positive change in Tāmaki Makaurau!


The Tāmaki Makaurau Design Ope provides design leadership, high-quality advice, and considerable expertise in the technical fields of urban, Māori, universal design, landscape architecture, and planning. We follow collaborative and innovative practices, striving to ensure that best possible design outcomes are achieved, every time.


Our collective mahi inputs into regional and national strategies; influencing projects at site, precinct, centre, and regional scales. We promote place-based design and practice, to achieve great urban, environmental and community outcomes. We recognise our place in the world, Tāmaki Makaurau, and are always looking to the big challenges that we collectively face, now and into the future.


The vision that motivates our Ope in all kaupapa we are involved in, is that: Together as kaimanaaki we create a legacy worthy of Tāmaki Makaurau; a healthy environment for all, a place of well-being and thriving communities that welcome all – nau mai, kia mahi ngātahi ai


He angitūtanga: The opportunity

The primary purpose of this role is to provide architectural leadership and leverage industry expertise within the context of the resource consent process. The position entails advising on a diverse range of development proposals, with a specific emphasis on medium and high-density housing, master planning, infill development scenarios, and complex or strategically important projects.


As a lead within the Plans and Places department, you will be expected to offer expert architectural design advice for resource consent applications, collaborate with colleagues to provide architectural input into statutory plans and policy matters and contribute to content development on the Auckland Design Manual. The role also encompasses representing the council at various forums and collaborating with key stakeholders to enhance the quality of the built environment in Tāmaki Makaurau.


Click the link to access the Position Description


He kōrero mōu: About you
Candidates for this role should possess a bachelor's degree in architecture, as well as membership in a relevant professional organisation, preferably the New Zealand Institute of Architects. The role requires substantial experience, with at least 12 years in the field and a minimum of 7 years at a senior technical leadership level, with a recent focus on medium and high-density housing, master planning, and mixed-use developments.


An in-depth understanding of local government legislation, the New Zealand Building Code, and professional practice requirements is crucial. Strong communication skills, industry knowledge, problem-solving abilities, and a commitment to achieving high-quality built environment outcomes for Tāmaki Makaurau are essential for success in this role.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer
So what’s in it for you? Well, you will get the chance to work collaboratively across councils, agencies, and communities which will allow you to have a lasting impact. You also get to contribute to Auckland’s growth and development by ensuring the right outcomes are achieved for our customers, our communities, and our



On top of this, we also offer a robust remuneration package and flexible working arrangements to suit your lifestyle and as part of our Auckland Council Group, you will gain access to many benefits and discounts. Click the link to find out more about our employee benefits package.


Apply today if you want to be a part of the team that shapes and safeguards Tāmaki Makaurau’s unique environments and communities for future generations!


Applications close Sunday 1 October 2023

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.


Auckland Council strongly encourages our employees to be fully vaccinated.