Medium Density Housing Summit

Registrations for the Medium Density Housing Summit are open!

This is a must attend for all architects and architectural designers

Medium density housing across New Zealand cities is on the rise – Nearly 60% of new consents in Auckland city and inner city suburbs over the past year have been for medium density construction.

This summit will cover everything you need to know to ensure that you and your practice are prepared for and understand the challenges faced when designing 3-6 storey structures.

Learn from experts in their fields about why we need to be embracing medium density, the importance of acoustics, and the legislation and regulations around fire, weather tightness, structure and cladding. Be inspired by leading international and local architects as they showcase how medium density design can be creative and exciting all while benefiting the environment and enhancing the communities we live in.

Join us for two days of inspiring informative speakers and embrace our changing landscape

Register: online

DAY ONE: Wednesday, 5th April - 8.00am - 4.30pm

8.00am - Registration desk opens & arrival tea and coffee

9.00am - ADNZ & GIB Welcome & Karakia

9.20am - Bruce Klein, Team Leader Compliance Solutions, Building System Performance

The Regulatory Framework for Medium Density Housing

10.05am - Morning Tea

10.35am - Gerald Blunt, Project Manager MDH programme

Medium Density Housing – a Solution for Housing in New Zealand

11.20am - Andrew Maynard, Austin Maynard Architects

Melbourne's Nightingale example - challenges in relation to planning process and views on design

12.20pm - Lunch

1.20pm - Michael Belsham, Chief Fire Engineer MBIE

Fire Regulations and Fire Safety Design Standards

2.00pm - Yasmin Merwood, Advisor MBIE

Acoustics - How to design for close proximity of neighbours and the potential for greater noise effects

2.40pm- Afternoon Tea

3.10pm - Dr. Duncan Joiner, Chief Architect MBIE

Why Medium Density Housing is Important for New Zealand

3.50pm - Mark Todd, Ockham Residential

The central design issues of Medium Density Housing

4.30pm - Networking drinks - sponsored by James Hardie

DAY TWO: Thursday, 6th April - 8.30am - 4.00pm

8.30am - Arrival Tea and Coffee

9.10am - Recap & Scene Setting

9.40am - Verney Ryan, Beacon Pathway

Designing for your Community - sustainability, efficiency and environmental factors

10.20am - Morning Tea

10.50am - Iain Stephenson, Senior Associate at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Property Law - Issues of boundary definition, bodies corporate and maintenance

11.30am - Cymon Allfrey, Cymon Allfrey Architects

Practice Management - Ensuring you have the right team, skill sets and are prepared as a practice

12.10pm - Lunch

1.10pm - Pete Bossley, Bossley Architects

Design Exemplars - International and local projects which adopt interesting approaches to the development of medium density living.

2.10pm - Sarah Coady, Manager Urban Design Strategy & Gabriel Seo, Team Leader Design Review at Auckland Council

Presenting the Auckland Design Manual website - Guidance for Terraced housing section and a discussion about “What does best practice urban design mean in medium density housing?”

2.50pm - Afternoon Tea

3.20pm - Nicholas Dalton, Stirling Burrows & Te Ari Prendergast, TOA Architects

Integration of Culture - Designing for different cultural groups and incorporating social requirements and needs

4.00pm - Networking drinks sponsored by ALTUS

Register: online

*Registration fee includes 2 day plenary, arrival tea & coffee, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and networking drinks at the conclusion of each day

For discounted room rates at the Pullman Hotel, quote the code ADNZ042017 and mention John Nottage, Group Reservations Agent when making a booking.


  • Date
  • Time
    to 06/4/2017
  • Venue
    Princes Ballroom - Pullman Hotel Auckland, Cnr Princes St & Waterloo Quadrant
  • Cost
    ( Cost to members: $287.50 )

    Early bird extended till 8th of March

    All prices are charged in NZD and include GST

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