Panel Members


Adrian Morton

Company: Adrian Morton Landscape Architects Ltd
Core Discipline: Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Planning
Professional Affiliations: NZILA
Qualifications: BLA (Hons); B Hort Sci, Lincoln University
Areas of expertise: Landscape Planning and Design; Visual Impact Assessment; Urban Design Frameworks; Green Roofs; Infrastructure and urban Environments.

​Adrian has over 21 years' experience working in New Zealand, USA and the UK as a Landscape Architect and has a focus on integrated design solutions. He has a wealth of experience in the design and delivery of projects including public realm, streetscapes, mixed use development, commercial and transport infrastructure, plus a specialty of intensive green roof design. 

Adrian's interests are in natural systems, green urban infrastructure and cultural diversity, and is passionate in his design approach to provide innovative designs that have an emphasis on place creation that are both functional and inspirational. 

Ben Inger 

Ben Inger | Harrison GriersonCompany:  Monocle
Core Discipline: Planning
Professional Affiliations:  MNZPI, RMLA
Qualifications: Bachelor of Planning (Hons)
Areas of expertise: Land Development Planning; Infrastructure Planning; Policy Planning; Project Planning; Project Management

Ben is an experienced planner and the manager of Harrison Grierson's Hamilton office. Ben has worked on a number of large multi-disciplinary projects and has a wide variety of expertise in land development, infrastructure, policy and consent planning. He has lived in the Waikato region for most of his life and is a proud Hamilton resident. 

Ben registered his interest to join the Panel because he is passionate about Hamilton and the exciting opportunities that the City's rapid growth brings. 

Richard Douch

Company: Beca
Core Discipline: Planning
Professional Affiliations: NZ Planning Institute
Qualifications: Post Graduate Diploma in Resources and Environment Planning; Bachelor of Social Sciences (majoring in planning) (Hons)
​Area of expertise: ​ Urban Growth; Strategic Planning

Richard is the Regional Manager for Beca in the Waikato and the Operations Manager for Beca's Environment Business which includes 200 Planners, Urban Designers, Landscape Architects, Architects and Environmental advisors in New Zealand and Australia. 

Richard has 15 years of planning experience including district, town and suburban growth strategies, policy development and structure plans for the new urban areas and the consenting of developments that enhance the urban environment across sectors such as commercial, health, education, residential, sports, tourism and food and beverage.

Margi Moore

Company: Design Factory Director, Wintec Faculty
Core Discipline: Arts Education and Education Management
Professional Affiliations: DINZ
Qualifications: Master of Fine Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Areas of expertise: ​Arts Education; Human Centred Design and Strategic Thinking

Margi has worked in both Education and the Arts for the last 30 years. Her experience includes leadership roles in Education Management including Head of School of Media Arts at Wintec from 2002 to 2015. She is currently leading an interdisciplinary learning hub at Wintec  - The Design Factory - a co-creation space for students to work directly with industry to solve industry driven complex problems. 

Margi is passionate and committed to the Arts, Education, and Placemaking, and has been involved in the strategic develop of the Arts in Hamilton for the last two decades. Margi was one of the founding members of the Hamilton Arts Reference Group who met to establish links between the various Arts sectors in the City. Since then Margi has continues to advocate for the Arts with a particular focus on the strategic development of the Arts in Hamilton. Her contributions include being a member of the Arts Forum for four years, the Urban Design Panel since 2008, the Public Art Panel 2011 to 2016 and is currently the Chair of Creative Waikato. Margi received a Civic Award in 2014 for her services to Art and Culture.

Judith Makinson

Company: CKL
Core Discipline: Engineering
Professional Affiliations: Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) (2013); MIPENZ, Member of Institution pf Professional Engineers New Zealand (2013); IntPE NZ, International Professional Engineer New Zealand (2013); Chartered Engineers (CEng), Engineering Council (UK) (1999); MICE Member Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) (1999)
Qualifications: Master of Science transport Engineering ad Planning University of Salford (1996); Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Civil Engineering University of Salford. (1994); Making Good Decisions Certified Commissioner (2015)

​​​​​​Areas of expertise: ​transportation Assessment, Analysis and Evaluation; Traffic Engineering Design; Transport Masterplanning; Travel Demand Management and Travel Planning; Expert Witness - State Highway, Local Authority, Development Planning

Judith has a strong technical background in development projects for private sector clients. She has over 20 years' experience in preparing integrated transportation assessments, travel plans and feasibility studies for developments as well as developing transport master plans for both the public and private sector. Judith is also an experienced project manager, leading a range of projects with multidisciplinary engineering inputs, placing a strong focus on client risk and project commerciality. Judith is a past branch chair of the IPENZ Waikato Branch.

Steve King

Company: Archimedia Group Waikato Ltd
Core Discipline: Architecture
Professional Affiliations: ANZIA
Qualifications: BSc, University of Waikato, BArch (Hons), University of Auckland
Area of Expertise: ​Architecture, Interiors

Steve has extensive experience in a wide range of architectural practice, spanning over twenty years. Since establishing the Hamilton office, he has worked on healthcare, aged care, commercial, residential, multi-unity housing, apartment, hospitality and retail projects. His work has also covered participation in a number of master plans, including providing updated schemes for a variety of retirement villages, a private health campus, a high profile inner city site in Auckland, as well as intensive housing schemes and subdivisions in both Auckland and Hamilton. He has also undertaken a project management role for a series of private healthcare projects. 

Steve has been a member of the Hamilton Urban Design Panel for the last four years and was a member of the Hamilton Public arts Panel.

Mark Apeldoorn

Company: Stantec New Zealand
Core Discipline: ​Engineering
​Professional Affiliations: CPEng - NZ and Australia; IntPE; FEngNZ; MIEAust; RPEQ; Member, Institute of Directors; Member Institution of Transportation Engineers
Qualifications: Making Good Decisions Certified Commissioner, Development Contributions Commissioner, Post Grad. Diploma in Business, Engineering Management; Post Grad. Certificate transportation Planning; BE (Hons); NZCE (Civil)
Areas of expertise: ​RMA Commissioner; Transportation in major infrastructure planning; Integrated transportation network planning; Expert witness; Transportation effects assessment

Mark has particular expertise in major infrastructure planning, transportation evaluation for development projects (public and private), urban design in the transportation environment, and is an industry appointed advisor on Council Urban Design Panels.  He was an industry appointed expert to the review panel for the New Zealand Land Development and Subdivision Infrastructure Standard NZS4404, and has judged the IPENZ Supreme Technical Awards for 10 years.  

Mark is a past National Chair of the IPENZ Transportation Group, and is a past Director of the Trips Database Bureau Australia/New Zealand.​

​Brian Squair

Company: Chow:Hill Architects Ltd
Core Discipline: Architecture
Professional Affiliations: Affiliate NZIA, Associate NZ Institute of Management
Qualifications: NZCD Arch, BA (BS), MBA
Areas of Expertise: Architecture, Urban Design, Heritage.

Brian is the board chair and a director with Chow: Hill Architects.  Brian has developed a wide range of practical design experience in over 20 years of practice in both New Zealand and Australia.  Domiciled in Hamilton, he has had successful involvement in a wide range of projects including urban development feasibilities, master planning, architecture and workplace strategic design throughout the country.  

Chow:Hill has a total staff of 67 professionals - 25 of whom are in the Hamilton Studio.  Brian is the current co-vice president for the New Zealand Property Council (Waikato branch) and contributed to the Council’s Manifesto in the area of activation of the CBD including special responsibility for promoting urban design principles and practices. From time to time, he is sought for public speaking engagements on such topics. He has a particular interest in adaptive reuse of heritage buildings and the place of the arts in the public realm. He was a member of the Hamilton City Council Heritage Advisory Panel in 2015 and 2016.​

Robin Byron

Company: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Core Discipline: Conservation Architecture
Professional Affiliations: MAIBC, Affiliate NZIA, ICOMOS NZ (Board), DOCOMOMO
Qualifications: BArch
Areas of Expertise: Heritage, Architecture, Urban Design​

Robin is the Heritage Advisor Architecture for the Northern Regional Office of Heritage New Zealand, a position she has held for twelve years. She is a registered architect (MAIBC) and an affiliate member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), a Board member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) New Zealand and a member of Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement (Docomomo) New Zealand. 

Her professional background includes 38 years of experience in practice as an architect, teaching architecture at a University level (University of Auckland) and as a heritage architect advisor, often in overlapping capacities​.

​Michael Graham

Company: Mansergh Graham Landscape Architects Ltd
Core Discipline: Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Planning
Professional Affiliations: NZILA
Qualifications: BSc (Philosophy); B Landscape Architecture
Areas of Expertise: Landscape Architecture, Urban planning and design, Large scale site planning and detail design, Environmental planning and rehabilitation.​

Michael has been an active member of the Urban Design Panel for the last 10 years.  He has been both a regular panel member and acted as Chair.  He has a well-developed appreciation of current international urban design best practice.  

Michael is a director of Mansergh Graham Landscape Architects Ltd with over twenty years’ experience working in the urban environment as a Landscape Architect.  He has extensive experience in CBD development, streetscape and urban design, subdivision design, urban assessment, landscape and visual assessment, project administration, large scale landscape planning, detailed design and specification, project management and community consultation.  Michael has gained wide experience working in Heritage Parks, for other landscape consultancies and local government.  His experience also extends to working with communities, local government and a wide range of clients on finding solution for complex issues in the built environment. 

Michael is a NZILA Registered Landscape Architect who is well respected by his peers with excellent communication and negotiation skills.​​​​

​Brian White

Company: Edwards White Architects
Core Discipline: Architecture
Professional Affiliations: NZCAD ANZIA
Qualifications: BArch (Hons)
Areas of Expertise: Architecture​

Brian is a director of Edwards White Architects with over 20 years’ experience in a wide range of architectural projects. Edwards White Architects has a particular interest in contributing to the rejuvenation of Hamilton’s CBD. The practice is led by two directors and currently employs 14 staff. 

Over the last 12 years the practice has received 20 local awards from New Zealand Institute of Architects.

Sam Foster

Company: Beca
Core Discipline: Urban Design/Urban Planning
Qualifications: Bachelor of Planning (Hons), Master of Urban Design (Hons)
Areas of Expertise: Urban design guidance and assessment, policy development, strategic growth.

Sam is an urban designer/urban planner. He has experience in a range of policy and resourcing consenting projects relating to urban growth, residential and commercial development in Hamilton and across New Zealand. He has interest in seeing Hamilton become a highly livable city as it continues to urbanise and grow.

Penny Mills

Company: Archimedia Waikato Architects
Core Discipline: Architecture
Professional Affiliations: ANZIA
Qualifications: B.Arch, BBSc
Areas Of Expertise: Architecture 

Penny has over 25 years' experience in architecture, working in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  She has a broad expertise in the design and delivery of a variety of project types including residential (masterplanning, mixed use, apartments, private homes), commercial, educational, health care and public buildings. Penny believes in collaboration, strategic design and championing innovation.  She is passionate about good design and the cumulative effect good design can have making a positive difference to cities and everyday life.

Jo Soanes

Company: Boffa Miskell Limited
Core Discipline: Landscape Architecture
Professional Affiliations: NZILA (Registered),
Qualifications: BLA (Hons)
Area of expertise: Landscape Planning, Landscape Ecology / Rehabilitation and Open space, Low Impact design, Infrastructure and Subdivision Design. 

Jo is experienced and skilled in creating quality, innovative and constructible designs. Her professional work has enabled her to gain extensive technical experience working alongside designers, engineers and contractors on complex urban and land use change projects.  Jo’s recent work has been involved in the landscape detail design and procurement for the Ruakura Inland Port and Super Hub development working closely with Tainui Group Holdings and Tangata Whenua 

Carolyn Hill

Consultancy: Lifescapes
Other employment: Teaching Fellow, University of Waikato
Core discipline: Urban Heritage
Professional affiliations: NZRAB, ICOMOS NZ, ISCCL, Landscape Foundation
Qualifications: PhD (current); MArch, PGDipDevStud, BArch
Areas of expertise: Heritage and special character identification and management; architecture; urban design and planning; cultural landscapes. 

Carolyn is a consultant in historic heritage management and conservation, with experience across public and private sectors in Aotearoa, Australia and the UK. Carolyn's work seeks to emplace architecture within its cultural context, with built form being part of broader urban form and life. Under her practice Lifescapes, Carolyn provides heritage advice to policymakers, developers, design teams and other consultancies. She is also a teaching fellow in environmental planning at Te Kura Aronui School of Social Sciences at the University of Waikato.  Carolyn is the editor of the Landscape Foundation's first book, Kia Whakanuia te Whenua, which has been shortlisted for a NZSA New Zealand Heritage Literary Award 2021. Issues of social and cultural justice in lived environments is central to her advocacy for high quality urban design in Kirikiriroa.

Morné Hugo

Company: Boffa Miskell Limited
Core Discipline: Landscape Architecture and Urban Design
Professional Affiliations: Registered NZILA Landscape Architect; Member of the Urban Design Forum, South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession (SACLAP)
Qualifications: BL (Pret) Larch(SA)
Areas of Expertise: Masterplanning, Urban Design Advice & Assessment, Open Space Planning and Development, 3D Graphic Visualisation, Landscape Assessment, Public Consultation 

Morné has over 24 years of experience as a practicing landscape architect and urban designer. His approach is centred around his holistic understanding of design process, and the integration of the natural and built environment. He advises a broad range of clients including central government, councils, community groups and private developers and he also has substantial experience in project management and contract administration. Morné has a passion for hand drawing and uses this effectively as a design concept development and communication tool. Morné is a design leader working across the Tauranga & Hamilton offices and plays an active part in furthering the design field within Boffa Miskell and mentoring staff across the company.

Louise Feathers

Company:  Feathers Planning
Core Discipline: Planning
Professional Affiliations: NZPI
Qualifications: BREP (hons), Dip. Interior Design
Areas of Expertise: Resource Consenting.

Louise has over 20 years of experience in resource management, the majority of which has been as a Planning Consultant based in Hamilton but works on projects nationwide.   Her work in Hamilton has developed an affection and devotion to the city and her nationwide experience means that she has seen good outcomes which can be adapted to the Hamilton context.  She is well respected as a planner by her peers, by approval agencies and by the development community.  Louise's specialty lies in resource consenting and is known for tackling those tricky or 'out of the box' projects that need a strategic angle.  Her passion centres around projects requiring strong attention to urban design and making places for people.  She also actively seeks to be involved in projects involving heritage, culture, and ecology.

Tim Young

Company: Smart Access Ltd
Core Discipline: Environmental Planning
Professional Affiliations: Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand
Qualifications: MSc (Psych), PG Cert EdPsych, PhD Candidate (Environmental Planning)
Areas of expertise: Universal Design, App Development, Research, Educational Technology 

Tim has a background in educational psychology, research, and app development and now focuses on using technology to solve accessibility issues after facing many accessibility issues in his own experiences as a tetraplegic. He has a business, Smart Access, which collects and sells data on 40 accessibility variables to local governments to help better prioritise infrastructure spending, and to help disabled people plan safe travel routes. Tim is also a PhD student in Environmental Planning and co-supervisor of machine learning research at the University of Waikato using the data he collects with his Smart Access application.

Bernie Milne

Company: Bloxam, Burnett & Olliver
Core Discipline: Engineering, Land Development, Project Management
Professional Affiliations: MSSNZ, Licenced Cadastral Surveyor
Qualifications: BSurv
Areas of Expertise: Subdivision, Land Development, Civil design, and Project Management. 

Bernie has extensive experience with residential, commercial and industrial developments throughout the Waikato region.  His involvement in projects extends from initial concept through consenting, civil design and construction.  Bernie has a strong interest in urban design and seeks positive outcomes that benefit the community.

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