McIndoe Urban




About — 


McIndoe Urban is one of the most influential urban design practices in New Zealand. Over the past two decades the practice has pioneered the development of an urban design agenda through national policy and guidance, masterplans, briefing and design review.  Based in Wellington, the practice has an established reputation for expert advice and collegiality.

Collaboration —


The process of urban design is best achieved through close multi-disciplinary, collaborative working. McIndoe Urban frequently partners with an established network of like-minded practitioners from within New Zealand and overseas. Some of these partners include:


Athfield Architects (AAL)
CCM Architects
Architecture +
Tennent + Brown Architects
Studio Pacific Architecture
Woods Bagot
Isthmus Group
Wraight and Associates (Wa)
Rough and Milne Landscape Architects
Boffa Miskell


Bentley and Co.
The Property Group
Urban Perspectives
Traffic Design Group (TDG)
Abley Transportation Consultants
Dunning Thornton
Rider Levatt Bucknell

Cooper Rapley Law
Stout Street Chambers
Russell McVeagh
Bell Gully
Simpson Grierson
Derek Nolan QC
DLA Piper
Ellis Gould
New Zealand Retial Property Group
Ngati Whatua Whai Rawa Ltd
Precinct Properties
Scentre Group
The Wellington Company
Todd Property Group
Wallace Developments


Experience — 


McIndoe Urban’s Wellington office is led by directors Graeme McIndoe and Andrew Burns who bring specialised urban design experience to the practice. Associate Director Chris McDonald joined the practice in 2016. Graeme’s work on both the Wellington and Auckland waterfront Technical Advisory Groups and design review and guidance combined with Andrew’s extensive international experience (UK, The Netherlands, China, Africa, Middle East) enable urban design advice of the highest order to be delivered to clients.


Profiles —


Graeme McIndoe

BArch (Hons) MA Urban Design FNZIA

Graeme is a founding director of Wellington-based McIndoe Urban. He has particular experience in campus and waterfront planning, design briefing, guidance and review, and consultation and workshop planning and facilitation.
Key appointments include: Chair of the Christchurch City Council Heritage Advisory Team (HAT) for the Christchurch Town Hall; Chair of TAG on the Wellington waterfront; Chair of the Nelson/Tasman Urban Design Panel; Member of the Auckland Waterfront TAG; Member of the Auckland Urban Design Panel; Advisor to the MfE on the NZ Urban Design Protocol; Advisor to WCC on all public housing projects; Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Urban Design at the VUW School of Architecture; Advisor to the Minister for the Environment on the RMA Stage 2 as a member of the Urban TAG; Ministry of Justice’s Leaders Group of the National Taskforce for Community Violence Prevention (2005/2006); Principal co-author of The Value of Urban Design: The economic, environmental and social benefits of urban design; and, Author of the MfE’s Urban Design Toolkit.

Andrew Burns

BArch MA Urban Design (Dist) MRTPI FRSA

Andrew is a director at McIndoe Urban with particular expertise is in town and city centre regeneration, city strategy and masterplanning. He was appointed by the UK Government to advise Design Council CABE on urban expansion strategies and housing growth for the south east of England. He co-authored By Design: Urban Design in the Planning System (DETR 2000), was principal co-author of the online refresh of Creating Successful Masterplans (CABE) and co-authored the Auckland Design Manual (ADM). He has practiced as an urban designer in UK, Ireland, China, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the Middle East, South Africa and Kenya.
In NZ Andrew, is a member of the Auckland Urban Design Panel and an External Examiner at Victoria University School of Architecture. Recent major projects include the Petone Spatial Plan, the Shelly Bay Masterplan, the Christchurch Retail Precinct Masterplan for CERA, the Massey University and Food HQ Campus Plan, the UCOL Campus Plan and feasibility studies for Wellington’s Civic Square. 

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Chris McDonald

BBSc BArch (Hons) MArch PhD

Chris is an Associate Director at McIndoe Urban. He is a registered Architect and a qualified Urban Designer and in 2016 completed the Commissioner Training Foundation Course. He holds a PhD in Planning History from the University of New South Wales and Master’s Degrees in Architecture and City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a member of the Urban Design Advisory Group which oversaw preparation of the New Zealand Urban Design Protocol. 
Chris was member of the Heritage Advisory Team for the restoration of Government House in Wellington. He is one of the principal authors of The Value of Urban Design, an internationally recognised study on the benefits of good urban design. During a two-year secondment to the City of Melbourne, Chris coordinated urban design review for the central city and provided urban design input to a range of strategic policy and planning initiatives. He was one of the principal authors of Public Melbourne, the city’s Urban Design Strategy.

Matthew Wenden

BAS (Architecture) MArch (prof)

Matt is an architectural graduate and urban designer at McIndoe Urban. His previous experience includes internship roles with Athfield Architects Ltd and Inside Design Ltd. He is architecturally trained but with a specific interest in urban scale projects.
Matt has worked with McIndoe Urban on a wide range of projects including a masterplan for the former Massey University Hokowhitu Campus site, a structure plan for the Whakarongo Growth Area in Palmerston North, a Campus Development Plan for Hutt Valley High School and the Petone Spatial Plan for P2040 and Hutt City Council. In 2010 Matt worked with Athfield Architects on schemes for Dowse Square and a competition entry for Westgate Civic Hub.
Matt’s masters thesis (Victoria University of Wellington), titled “Organic, Aggregative Medium Density Housing in a Wellington Hillside Environment” has informed his residential masterplanning work at McIndoe Urban.