Urban Futures 2020

Planning & designing sustainable, liveable and inclusive towns and cities for today & tomorrow

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Ben van Bruggen

Urban Design Strategy Manager

Auckland Council - Auckland Design Office (ADO)

Ben van Bruggen is the Urban Design Strategy Manager for Auckland Council. He is an urban planner, designer and urbanist with 25 years’ experience working in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. Auckland is growing and evolving. Ben’s role is to inspire, enable and celebrate great design outcomes for Tāmaki Makaurau. Ben joined the Auckland Design Office from the UK in 2017 where he is the founding director of van Bruggen Limited, an urbanism consultancy, based in London, UK. It was set up in 2012 to provide advice to clients on urban planning, urban design and architectural aspects of projects, including townscape and heritage assessments and design review services. Before setting up van Bruggen Limited, Ben was Head of Urban Design at Savills, an international multi-disciplinary property firm. He was involved in leading urbanism projects in China, Russia and Montenegro as well as in the UK. Ben was also Senior Design Review Advisor to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) in the UK where he was responsible for leading CABE’s Design Review work. Ben has been involved in design review work for 18 years and is a leading practitioner and advisor to the industry and government on urban design.
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