Dr Lee Beattie

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


Dr Lee Beattie is a practicing urban designer and urban planner with over 26 years experience in an extensive range of urban design and urban planning matters.  He has qualifications in urban planning, urban design, and environmental science.  He specialises in urban design matters, urban planning and urban design policy development; implementation and evaluation; and providing professional urban planning and urban design evidence.  He recently, with Dr Caroline Miller co-edited and contributed six chapters in New Zealand's first book about in planning and urban design practice: Planning Practice in New Zealand.  ​

Lee is an Auckland Council, Queenstown Lakes and Kaipara District Council Independent Hearing Commissioner.  He is also Deputy Head of the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning and the Director of the University’s Urban Design programme.  

Research | Current

  • Urban design implementation and practice issues
  • Master planning 

Teaching | Current

Urban Design 720: Urban Design Studio 2

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

Urban Design 702: Urban Design Theory and Practice

The language of urban design, urban analysis, urban history, contemporary theory, international and local practice, allied disciplines, cities in the developing world and pacific urbanism

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Students 

Brae Hammond (PhD in Urban Design): An Investigation of the role of Industrial will and capacity in achieving Urban Design Strategies in New Zealand

Li Shuangning (PhD in Urban Design): Rural construction from the perspective of art anthropology

Lena Henry (PhD in Planning): Urban Planning and the pursuit of Rangatiratanga in the 21st Century

Shu Goa (PhD in Urban Design): The urban design strategy for the high-quality living environment of affordable housing based for redevelopment in Shenzhen

Asgari Musumniabisheh (PhD in Planning): Social Inclusion Discourse in Urban Regeneration Policy under the Hegemony of Neoliberalism

Research Master Students

Ricci Harker (MArch(Prof))An understanding of the perceived and actual barriers property developers faces in creating higher quality apartment developments.

Sue Rim Lee (MArch(Prof)How can building adaptive reuse be applicated on an urban level in order to achieve urban regeneration

Junlin Coa (MUrbPlan): Urban parks as a space for pandemic discase adaptation: A case of COVID-19 in Guangzhou, China


Areas of expertise

  • Urban design

Committees/Professional groups/Services



Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Haarhoff, E., Allen, N., Austin, P., Beattie, L., & Boarin, P. (2019). Living at Density in Hobsonville Point, Auckland: Residents Perceptions. , 19 Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47681
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Patricia Austin, Errol Haarhoff, Paola Boarin
  • Allen, N., Haarhoff, E., & Beattie, L. (2018). Enhancing liveability through urban intensi cation: The idea and role of neighbourhood. Cogent Social Sciences, 410.1080/23311886.2018.1442117
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Errol Haarhoff
  • Beattie, L., & Haarhoff, E. J. (2018). Urban growth, liveability and quality urban design: Questions about the efficacy of urban planning systems in Auckland, New Zealand. Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs, 2 (2), 12-23. 10.25034/ijcua.2018.3667
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Errol Haarhoff
  • Beattie, L., & Reid, P. (2017). Planning Under the Local Government Act 2002. In L. Beattie, C. Miller (Eds.) Planning Practice in New Zealand (pp. 147-160). Auckland: Lexis Nexus.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/38815
  • Beattie, L. (2017). Resource consent appeals, referrals and the role of a planner in the hearing process. In C. Miller, L. Beattie (Eds.) Planning practice in New Zealand (pp. 135-142). Auckland, New Zealand: Lexis Nexis.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39477
  • Beattie, L. (2017). The structure and purpose of the Resource Management Act 1991. In C. Miller, L. Beattie (Eds.) Planing practice in New Zealand (pp. 17-32). Auckland, New Zealand: LexisNexis.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39476
  • Haarhoff, E. J., & Beattie, L. (2017). Can higher density enhance liveability?. Build (160), 70-71.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Errol Haarhoff
  • Beattie, L., & Munro, I. (2017). The life of a Resource Consent under the Resource Management Act 1991. In L. Beattie, C. Miller (Eds.) Planning practice in New Zealand (pp. 49-65). Auckland, New Zealand: Lexis Nexis.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39181

Contact details

Alternative contact

+64 (0) 21 2720775

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 610
New Zealand

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