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Fast Forward 2021 

We are currently working on a series of lectures for 2021. We will be updating this site regularly with more information, so please stay tuned.

“Fast Forward is a well organised, high quality, public programme series and is an extremely valuable platform to highlight leading architects and critical contextual issues.”


“I find the series really stimulating and a great reinforcement of the link between the University and the profession.”


“Fast Forward is an excellent initiative by the University.”


Fast Forward is the School of Architecture and Planning’s flagship public lecture series. It serves as an important programme bridging academia and industry and provides ongoing educational development opportunities for industry professionals. A well-known and respected event in the community, Fast Forward is sponsored by GIB® and supported by the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA). Guests receive professional development credits for attendance at lectures.

Fast Forward Autumn 2020 saw local and international experts in the field discussing the theme: Addressing Urban Growth.
This series is generously supported by GIB®

A webinar with Phil Twyford 


Tuesday 7 July, 6.30pm

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The Honourable Phil Twyford joins the Fast Forward fold this season to discuss the role and functions of the upcoming Urban Development Act. He will address the impact that proposed Urban Development Authorities will have on ‘built form’ professions and practice in Auckland and how these will help achieve the government’s urban growth and housing agendas.

Phil Twyford was born and raised in Auckland. He is the Labour Member of Parliament for Te Atatu, where he lives. Phil’s vision is for New Zealand to deliver hope and opportunity to everyone. He is committed to fixing the housing and transport problems affecting the whole country.

Phil studied politics at the University of Auckland before working as a journalist and union organiser and continuing to become the founding Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand. Phil’s strong belief in justice led to him becoming Oxfam’s Global Advocacy Director, based in Washington DC.

Upon returning to New Zealand in, Phil was elected to parliament for the Labour Party in 2008. In opposition, he held the portfolios for housing, transport, Auckland Issues, and disarmament and arms control. As Minister for Urban Development and Transport, Phil is part of the team helping to build New Zealand out of the housing crisis; working with communities to create a safer and more sustainable transport network.

A webinar with Julie Anne Genter
Shovel-ready projects


Tuesday 23 June, 6.30pm

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Associate Minister for Transport Honourable Julie Anne Genter joins us to discuss how ‘shovel-ready’ projects could assist the government in achieving its urban growth and housing agendas. In particular, Julie Anne will reference how this investment will help integrate critical issues of land use and transportation currently faced by Auckland.

Julie Anne graduated from the University of Auckland with a Master of Planning Practice with First Class Honours. She is also a graduate of UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts and studied politics at the prestigious Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies). She has worked as a transport consultant for leading New Zealand firms in both transport economics and urban design.

Julie Anne grew up in Los Angeles where she witnessed women’s and civil rights movements making huge strides. In this famously car-dependent city, she saw the profound impact that transport and urban design have on quality of life.

Julie Anne is passionate about addressing the barriers that women face working in these environments, as well as addressing the gender pay gap.

As Green Party Member of Parliament, Minister for Women and Associate Minister for Health, Julie Anne sees the connections between her portfolios. She is keen to promote the links between women, health and transport and uses the example that providing safer walking and cycle paths will also see health benefits for those who use them.

Boris Bogdanovic

Urban Regeneration in States of Conflict


Tuesday 10 March, 6.30pm
Engineering Lecture Theatre 401-439

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In this presentation, international architect Boris Bogdanovic will describe the proposed solutions and emerging outcomes of architectural projects for the improvement of human welfare in Afghanistan and Jordan, to be carried out by the Turquoise Mountain Foundation (TMF).

Boris will describe an alternative approach to architectural practice based on a community’s needs, informed by the local heritage, and seeking to improve people’s livelihoods.

A heritage-led not-for-profit organisation, TMF delivers urban regeneration projects to areas of war or post-conflict seeking to repair, conserve and revive buildings, traditional techniques, livelihoods and the more elusive notions of cultural identity and community cohesion.

Originally from Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, Boris graduated from the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture in 2007 with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Honours). Since then, his professional work has focused the historic built environment, post-conflict and the preservation of cultural heritage in the United Kingdom, Afghanistan and Jordan. 

Boris will describe an alternative approach to architectural practice based on a community’s needs, informed by the local heritage, and seeking to improve people’s livelihoods.


Errol Harrhoff – EVENT CANCELLED

Living at Density – Success or Failure? A case study of Hobsonville Point.

Tuesday 2 June, 6.30pm
Engineering Lecture Theatre 401-439

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Errol Haanhoff, Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Auckland will examine the impact of high-density housing in Hobsonville Point, on the Northwest periphery of Auckland.

For at least the past two decades, Auckland has pursued an urban growth policy directed towards higher-density housing. This policy has seen a vast increase in the construction of terraced houses and apartments. As a result, over half of all dwellings consented by the Auckland Council in 2017/18 were attached housing types, compared to just 15 per cent five years earlier. 

While these new developments are giving effect to the urban growth management strategies, we need to determine whether living at density is contributing towards a more sustainable urban form and if residents are experiencing an enhanced quality of life. 

At this lecture, Errol will present findings from a National Science Challenge research project examining crucial processes and design factors that shape the success or failure of living at density.

Errol Haarhoff has a Bachelor of Architecture, a Master of Science in Urban Design and a PhD in Planning. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, and is responsible for establishing the University’s Master of Urban Design programme.

Errol’s research is widely published. He is a founding member of the Future Cities Research Hub in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland, and a steering committee member for the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Sustainable Cities and Landscape Hub.


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