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Peter Maxwell

Team Leader, Auckland Council

Maxwell PhotoI was late starter when it came to spatial planning, having studied and qualified as a registered architect first and then working in a number of private sector firms for several years. My professional interest in regeneration and planning had always been there, but this was strengthened when I moved from architectural practice to work at CABE as an advisor helping third sector, central and local government  clients with their capital projects – from housing programmes to eco towns and children's centres. It was during this period of my career I decided to further my planning knowledge by studying part-time for a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning at University of Westminster, which I graduated with distinction in 2008. This helped me become a more balanced practitioner and aided my career progression becoming a manager during that year.  

The next few years were a whirlwind of coping with a young family, working on some great projects and completing further study in project management and property valuation. With CABE's funding eventually cut in 2011, I looked for other opportunities and was fortunate to be appointed as Team Leader – Urban Design Strategy at Auckland Council later that year.  Here I manage the policy, advocacy and best practice on urban design for the council working within the Chief Planning Office. More recently I have been seconded to the transport authority, Auckland Transport, in charge of urban design for the City Rail Link which will be one of the largest capital projects in New Zealand.  

I have had an exciting career to date which would not have been possible without the knowledge and experience I have gained related to spatial planning.

Peter's top tip for future candidates:

  • As I studied planning in my early 30s, had a managerial job and young family I found it hard to maintain the L-APC during the five years between graduating and submission. But the key was setting aside time every month to undertake the logbook and record my thinking at the time – very difficult if you leave if to the last minute.  This is the foundation of the L-APC so it is worth dedicating the time to reflect on your experiences as you experience them – this provides written evidence demonstrating how your professional judgement matures over time and how you have learnt from these. It makes writing the actual submission much easier!

 

Please note: To stay fit for purpose, L-APC requirements do change over time. For the most up to date advice please always refer to the L-APC Guidance on the Licenitate APC webpage. Candidate details provided here are current at time of L-APC submission in 2013.