Dr Natalie Allen is a director at The Urban Advisory, an urban strategy consultancy that specialises in regeneration and housing strategy. She and her team work alongside diverse clients across built environment scales, from National and Local Government to developers and community groups, to deliver neighbourhoods and built environment projects that have a clear evidence-base underpinning their design. This includes developing bespoke, actionable research that is community-led and responsive to evolving community needs.
With a research Masters in Architecture and a PhD in urban design, Natalie regularly publishes and speaks about her work across New Zealand. Natalie’s doctoral research was focussed on understanding housing needs and choices and the role urban amenities play in our neighbourhoods to enhance the liveability experienced by residents. She also worked as a contract researcher and community engagement coordinator for 8 years prior to starting The Urban Advisory.
Current research she and the team at The Urban Advisory have been developing include the codesign of community visioning projects, housing choices and preferences research, understanding community-focused housing models and resident experiences of them, and designing for wellbeing.
Location: Auckland and Wellington but available throughout New Zealand.
Phone: 021 284 1414
Qualifications: BAS, Barch hons), MArch(hons), PhD Urban Design
Area of expertise:
Built environment research
List of key publications:
Allen, N. & O’Donnell, G. (2020). Creating improved housing outcomes: Medium-density housing liveability and wellbeing literature review. BRANZ Study Report SR431. Judgeford, New Zealand: BRANZ Ltd.
Allen, N. & O’Donnell, G. (2020). Creating improved housing outcomes: Liveable medium-density housing legislation and regulation review. BRANZ Study Report SR432. Judgeford, New Zealand: BRANZ Ltd.
Allen, N. & O’Donnell, G. (2020). Creating improved housing outcomes: Liveable medium-density housing focus groups. BRANZ Study Report SR433. Judgeford, New Zealand: BRANZ Ltd.
Allen, N. & O’Donnell, G. (2020). Creating improved housing outcomes: Liveable medium-density housing residents’ survey. BRANZ Study Report SR434. Judgeford, New Zealand: BRANZ Ltd.
Allen, N., O’Donnell, G. and Kennerley, T. (2020). Creating improved housing outcomes: Liveable medium-density housing summary report. BRANZ Study Report SR435. Judgeford, New Zealand: BRANZ Ltd.
Haarhoff, E., Boarin, P., & Allen, N. (2020) Architecture Graduate Progression to Practice in New Zealand: 1987-2018. Research Report. Auckland: School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland.
Brand, D., Nicolson, H., Allen, N. (2019). The Role of Placemaking as Tool for Resilience: Case studies from post-earthquake Christchurch, New Zealand. In Earthquakes – Impact, Community Vulnerability and Resilience. London: Intech Open.
Haarhoff, E., Allen, N., Austin, P., Beattie, L., and Boarin, P. (2019). Living at Density: Resident Perceptions of Hobsonville Point. Working Paper 18-04 for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities SRA: Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods (SRA4), Auckland: BBHTC.
Boarin, P and Allen, N. (2019. The Post Occupancy Evaluation of Neighbourhoods and their Environmental Sustainability: A Hobsonville Point Case Study. Working Paper 18-03 for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities SRA: Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods (SRA4), Auckland: BBHTC.
Allen, N. (2018). Concepts of Neighbourhood: A Review of the Literature. Working Paper 18-02 for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities SRA: Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods (SRA4), 78pgs, Auckland: BBHTC.
Allen, N., Haarhoff, E., and Beatie, L. (2018). Enhancing liveability through urban intensification: The idea and role of neighbourhood. Cogent Social Sciences. 4: 1442117
Allen, N. and Davey, M. (2018). The Value of Constructivist Grounded Theory for Built Environment Researchers. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 1-11.
Allen, N. (2017). Delivering Liveable Neighbourhoods: What does this mean to residents? Paper presented at the 10th International Liveable Cities Conference, Brisbane.
Bryson, K. & Allen, N. (2017) Defining medium-density housing. BRANZ Study Report SR376. Judgeford, New Zealand: BRANZ Ltd.
Allen, N. (2016). Quality of Urban Life and Intensification: Understanding Housing Choices, Trade-Offs, and the Role of Urban Amenities. (Doctor of Philosophy), The University of Auckland, Auckland.
Allen, N. (2016). Urban Intensification and Delivering Liveability through Neighbourhood Amenities. Paper presented at the 9th International Urban Design Conference 2016, Canberra.
Allen, N. (2015). Understanding the Importance of Urban Amenities: A Case Study from Auckland. Buildings, 5, 85-99.
Allen, N. (2014). Understanding the Importance of Urban Amenities: A Case Study from Auckland. Paper presented at Building a Better New Zealand Conference, Auckland.
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