Isthmus designers Haylea Muir, Duncan Ecob and Matt Jones have all been appointed to the Auckland Urban Design Panel (Haylea and Matt were nominated through the NZILA, and Duncan through the UDG).
The role of the panel is to provide independent urban design advice to promote good design and a quality environment. The panel is an independent advisory body and does not have statutory decision-making powers.
For Isthmus this is another way of supporting Auckland and influencing the future of its urban form. Design review really tests your ability to be analytical, and it challenges your ability to articulate design ideas, issues or relationships. It’s easy to have a gut feel about something, but it’s much harder to understand where that feeling comes from and then write it down and/or explain it at a meeting.
After several years on the panel Gavin and Andre are stepping down as part of this refresh. They have each put a huge amount of their time into the panel and in the process honed their analytical expertise and made their mark in the wider urban design network.