Kobus Mentz is one of Australasia’s leading urban thinkers. He's worked in 80 towns and cities internationally and is often invited to act as provocateur or advisor, or to help teams unlock complex urban challenges.
He is the director of Urbanismplus, a practice active in Australia, New Zealand, India, China and the UK that is widely known for pioneering sustainability-based practices, through demonstration projects, research, publications and new methodologies. Some highlights include:
- Large-scale growth strategies for Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch, in New Zealand.
- Regional growth strategies such as Growing Marlborough, which received a national planning award in 2011.
- Comprehensive, economically based town-centre regeneration strategies throughout New Zealand and numerous towns in Australia.
- Transport-oriented developments in Auckland at New Lynn (with ESD Ltd).
- Urban design-based transport strategies in Auckland’s Liveable Arterials.
- Nationwide urban design guide, People+Places+Spaces, for the Ministry for the Environment (with David Mead).
Kobus has published on a number of topics, including urban economics by design, transport as a tool for transformation, transport-specific urban design, earthquake strengthening as a tool for regeneration, sustainable urbanism, balancing austerity with growth, team approaches to urban design, and residential growth planning.
He is also an adjunct professor in urban design, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, at the University of Auckland.