Identifying the right mix of knowledge, skills and creativityPrint

A good design team should provide innovative and practical support to help deliver the project. The team should represent a mix of technical knowledge, skills and creativity tailored to meet the project brief.


The team's skills and expertise should correspond to the scope of works (e.g. sports field, skate park), as well as the physical context of the work (e.g. urban centre, wahi tapu site). Also consider the level of engagement that will need to be undertaken, as the members of the design team may be required to lead public workshops, attend Environment Court hearings, etc.


The design team may include one or more of the following specialists:

  • Project Manager – management of all aspects of the design, consenting and implementation processes, and ensures that budgets, timeframes and scope deliverables are met
  • Design lead – leads the design team and usually has training in urban design or landscape architecture
  • Landscape Architect – masterplanning, concept through to detailed design, landscape and visual assessment
  • Urban Designer - site analysis including social, economic, built environment, transport and environmental factors, masterplanning
  • Architect – building or structure design, from concept through to detail
  • Ecologist – ecological assessment, restoration and monitoring programmes
  • Planner – land use planning and consents, coastal permits, discharge consents
  • Transport Planner/Engineer – walking and cycle design, public transport, vehicle circulation and parking
  • Heritage Advisor – heritage research and advice on heritage conservation, restoration and interpretation
  • Engineer – geotech, civil, structural and stormwater engineering, low impact design, testing, surveying
  • Signage or Communications Advisor – branding, way-finding strategy, research and signage development
  • Lighting designer/engineer – lighting analysis, design and electrical commissioning
  • Arts advisor – arts strategies, consultation and procurement advice
  • Disability advisor – disability review, compliance review
  • CPTED and IPTED advisor – crime and injury prevention design advice
  • Quantity Surveyor – cost estimation and value management
  • Children and Young People Advisor – inclusive design for children and youth
  • Senior Persons Advisor – inclusive design for older people
  • Play Specialist – playground supply, audit and compliance
  • Engagement Advisor - organises and coordinates all community and stakeholder engagement
  • Cultural Advisor - can provide protocol advice and liaison with iwi​

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