Alistair Ray

Principal - Senior Urban Designer
Urban Design
Alistair Ray
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With almost 30 years’ experience leading diverse strategic masterplanning and urban design projects, Alistair Ray has gained a reputation as one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most accomplished urban designers. He is a trusted design lead with a passion for delivering urban realms that complement the natural environment, celebrate cultural context, and as a result, improve community outcomes.

Alistair is currently a Chair of the Auckland Urban Design Panel and the Hobsonville Design Review Panel. He was Chair of the Urban Design Forum Aotearoa between 2018 and 2022, the only body that represents the interests of urban designers at a national level.

Alistair has worked with a range of both private and public clients and has a particular interest in the residential sector. He has developed masterplans for numerous large-scale residential developments and has advised Auckland and Christchurch City Council on matters relating to density and intensification. His recent projects include Beachlands South masterplan, Wesley West Neighbourhood Plan and several other urban and neighbourhood plans throughout the country.

A planner by background, Alistair previously worked on Auckland Council’s City Planning team, where he learned the intricacies of the New Zealand planning system. He has specialist knowledge of the complex relationship between planning and urban design, and its impact on the design process.

With a passion for designing improved, healthier urban places in Aotearoa, Alistair believes creating a unique and inspiring built environment to complement our natural environment will benefit generations to come.

Selected Projects