Michael Lowe

MArch (Prof)

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Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Michael Lowe is a Principal and Urbanist with 11 years of 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, where Studio Pacific led the future spatial planning for these areas for decades to come. He possesses specialised knowledge in large-scale projects, helping clients navigate the complex process from strategic development to design review and delivery.

Michael has extensive knowledge of best practice design, delivering 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 role in Studio Pacific’s urban design work, including 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 of the design community, facilitating submissions on key local government issues, including growth, waste minimisation, and transport.

Within the studio, Michael has a unique advisory role, overseeing all aspects of urban design, medium-density housing, design processes, and policy. Studio Pacific also utilises his creative fine arts background for '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