Dr Lee Beattie

BPlan BSc Dip EnvMgt GradCertUrbDes (Syd) MSc (Lond) PhD MNZPI MRSNZ

Biography

Lee is an urban designer and urban planner with 24 years' professional experience.  He has qualifications in urban planning, urban design, and environmental science.  Lee is currently Deputy Head of School of Architecture and Planning and the Director of the School's Master of Urban Design Programme.  He specialises in urban design, urban planning policy development and implementation, growth management, economic development and housing issues.

Lee's research interests include urban design, urban planning and urban design policy development, implementation and evaluation.  He is currently involved in a number of research projects considering urban design implementation and growth management issues and the role urban design panels in a range of Pacific Rim (Australasian and North American) new world cities.

Lee is actively involved in the urban design and urban planning professions in New Zealand.  He is a rotating Chair of the Auckland Council's Urban Design Panel, an Auckland Council and Queenstown Lakes Independent Hearing Commissioner and a member of the Salmon Resource Management Act 1991 Editorial Boards.

Research | Current

  • Urban design implementation issues
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating urban design and planning policy
  • Urban growth management issues
  • Economic development and housing 
  • The implementation of the Resource Management Act 1991

Teaching | Current

Urban Design 720: Urban Design Studio 2

An advanced urban design project involving research related to the analysis and design of the built environment.

Urban Design 705: Elective Study in Urban Design

Independent research into a current issue facing urban design theory or practice. 

Postgraduate supervision

Wen Liu (PhD in Planning): Effective delivery of urban intensification: understanding the relationship of plans, residents and property developers.

Atefehsadat Ayeghi (PhD in Urban Design): The role of open spaces in urban neighbour district contributing to social cohesion on urban communities.

 

Distinctions/Honours

New Zealand Planning Institute's Distinguished Service Award (2016)

New Zealand Planning Institute's Wallace Ross Graduate Research Award (2014) 

New Zealand Planning Institute's Award of Merit for developing practitioner based training programmes (2007)

Ministry for the Environment Accredited RMA (Planning) Hearing Commissioner

Responsibilities

Deputy Head of the School of Architecture and Planning

Director of the Master of Urban Design programme

Areas of expertise

  • Urban design
  • Master planning 
  • Urban planning
  • Urban growth management
  • Housing and town centre generation issues
  • Economic development and urban planning

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional Groups 

  • Full Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute (1998)
  • Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand (2014)
  • Member of the Urban Design Forum (2009)

Professional Appointments

  • Auckland Council Independent Hearing Commissioner
  • Queenstown Lakes District Council Independent Hearing Commissioner
  • Member of the Auckland Council's Auckland Urban Design Panel
  • Member of the Salmon Resource Management Act 1991 Editorial Panel
  • Member of the Planning Quarterly (NZPI) Editorial Panel

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Haarhoff, E., Beattie, L., & Dupuis, A. (2016). Does higher density housing enhance liveability? Case studies of housing intensification in Auckland. Cogent Social Sciences, 2 (1).10.1080/23311886.2016.1243289
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31275
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Errol Haarhoff
  • Beattie, L., & Haarhoff, E. J. (2016). Design review down under: Principles and practices in Auckland, Queenstown and Perth.. Paper presented at 9th International Urban Design Conference: Smart cities for 21st century Australia, Hyatt, Canberra, Australia. 7 November - 9 November 2016. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Errol Haarhoff
  • Beattie, L., & Haarhoff, E. (2016). Are urban growth management strategies all the same: A critical appraisal of six Pacific Rim cities. Paper presented at 9th Australasian Housing Researchers Conference (AHRC), University of Auckland, NZ. 17 February - 19 February 2016. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Errol Haarhoff
  • Haarhoff, E., & Beattie, L. (2016). Higher density development and the enhancement of liveability: A review of recent research findings. Paper presented at 9th Australasian Housing Researcher Conference (AHRC), University of Auckland, NZ. 17 February - 19 February 2016. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Errol Haarhoff
  • Haarhoff, E., & Beattie, L. (2016). Masterplanned Community: New Water, Vancouver, BC. http://content.aucklanddesignmanual.co.nz/resources/case-studies/New_Water/Documents/Case%20study%20_New%20Water%20v2.pdf. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Errol Haarhoff
  • Haarhoff, E., & Beattie, L. (2016). Beringer Apartments, Gresham, Portland, OR. http://content.aucklanddesignmanual.co.nz/resources/case-studies/berenger/Documents/Case%20study%20_Berenger%20v2.pdf. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Errol Haarhoff
  • Beattie, L. G. (2015). Housing regeneration: Strengthening communities. Paper presented at Housing regeneration: Strengthening communities, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand. 9 November 2015. A presentation to the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Planning Institute for world Town Planning Day. Related URL.
  • Beattie, L. G. (2015). Rational Plan Making: Are we meeting its underlying assumptions?. New Zealand Planning Quarterly (198), 18-22.

Contact details

Alternative contact

+64 (0) 21 2720775

Primary location

ARCHITECTURE - EAST - Bldg 421E
Level 6, Room 617
26 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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