All great cities have vibrant and pulsating centres - think Melbourne, Vancouver, Barcelona, London and New York. In recent years Auckland has shown an ambition which rivals these other cities and to which Aucklanders and visitors are getting excited about. The changes have been dramatic and they have been quick. No longer ridiculed as “the city of cars” Auckland has turned a corner and is gaining worldwide attention for its efforts.
Auckland – The rise of a Design-led City
Design Champion – Auckland Council
Ludo Campbell-Reid is Auckland Council's Design Champion and GM of Auckland Design Office. As Design Champion Ludo ensures design excellence in council’s plans and projects; working with the private sector to achieve exemplary urban design outcomes.
Nat and Pip Cheshire
Cheshire Architects is a partnership of Father and Son directors Pip and Nat Cheshire, who have previously run both the smallest and the largest architecture firms in New Zealand, and have worked together for over a decade, receiving global acclaim and awards. Recent projects include Auckland’s Q Theatre; the development of city precincts at Britomart, City Works Depot and Osborne Lane; the University of Auckland’s Marine Research Campus; the reinvention of nationwide offices for Genesis Energy; The Mountain Landing peninsula and its luxury lodges; bespoke retail stores throughout New Zealand and Australia; and a host of Auckland’s most recognised and best-loved hospitality spaces.
Commercial Manager – Hobsonville Land Company
Mark Fraser has 15 years finance and property experience. Prior to his appointment at Hobsonville Land Company Mark was contracted to Waterfront Auckland to lead the redevelopment of Queens Wharf and deliver the popular Cloud for the RWC 2011.