University of Auckland
Master, Urban Planning (Prof) and Urban Design
Kia ora, Nō Kotirana, Aerana me Ingarangi ōku tīpuna. Nō Kirikiriroa ahau, kei te noho au ki Tāmaki-makau-rau. Ko Meredith Dale tōku ingoa. I am an urban strategist with The Urban Advisory. I am passionate about improving urban development systems, processes and approaches to deliver more sustainable, inclusive and equitable built environment outcomes for communities and whānau. I have unique experience and expertise in urban design, urban planning, transport and land development engineering that has developed my integrated and interdisciplinary understanding of the built environment, across the scales, contexts and stages of the development journey.
Prior to working at The Urban Advisory, I held roles in the public and private sector as a civil engineer providing specialist input to resource consents, and designing infrastructure for small to medium scale residential land development projects. In these roles, I developed an interest in urban design and insight into other disciplines which highlighted the wider system challenges of urban development, and the risks and limitations of engineering expertise seeking to resolve urban issues alone. I wanted to meaningfully participate in addressing these complex and systemic development challenges, to create better outcomes for communities. For this reason, I chose to complete a Masters in Urban Planning and Urban Design at the University of Auckland. While studying I held several roles supporting Council urban design teams in Christchurch and Auckland, and later joined The Urban Advisory as an Urban Strategist.