Michael Lowe

MArch (Prof)

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Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Michael is a Principal with over 10-years’ experience working across urban design, strategy, master planning, transport infrastructure, and fine arts.

Michael has worked on some of New Zealand’s most significant housing regeneration projects including Tāmaki Regeneration and Eastern Porirua Regeneration. He has a specialised knowledge base across large-scale projects where he helps clients navigate what can be a complex process from the strategic level (in developing a project methodology), through to design review and delivery.

Michael has extensive knowledge of ‘best practice design’ and helps to deliver high-quality urban design advice, design review, visioning, master planning, and design guidance. He has strong public engagement experience working with communities and organisations to navigate change.

Michael has played a key part in the Studio’s urban design body of work. His involvement includes commissions such as Kāinga Ora Strategic Masterplans and Design Guidelines, Council growth strategies, and Studio Pacific’s ‘International better practice literature review’. He is an active member within the design community facilitating submissions on key local government issues including growth, waste minimisation, and transport.

Michael has a unique advisory role within the Studio where he advises across all aspects of urban design, medium density housing, design processes/ methodology, and design policy. Studio Pacific also utilises his creative fine arts background when conducting ‘blue-sky’ strategic thinking.

Qualifications and affiliations

  • Masters of Architecture (Professional), Victoria University of Wellington, 2012
  • Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, 2009


  • Architecture
  • Urban Design