Professor Errol John Haarhoff

Bachelor of Architecture (Natal); Master of Science (Urban Design) (Heriot Watt); PhD (in Planning).


Errol Haarhoff is a Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland, has qualifications in architecture and urban design, and a PhD in urban planning, and Co-Director of the University of Auckland Urban Research Network. He has twice served as Head of School and as Associate Dean (Research), and for over a decade has been responsible for the Master of Urban Design programme, and teaching urban design theory and the urban design studios. Research interest has embraced modern architecture and urban histories, with the publication of an early Guide to the Architecture of Central Auckland. Current research concerns urban design, and has involved a comparative study of urban growth management and urban design outcomes in Vancouver, Portland, Auckland and the large Australia cities, and led a large funded project concerned with urban intensification in Auckland. He is currently a lead researcher on a National Science Challenge, Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, and the Principal Research on a $2.5m strategic research area, Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods.

Research | Current

  • Urban Design
  • Urban Design theory and practice
  • Urban settlement history
  • The History of the Modern Movement in Architecture and Urbanism
  • Architecture in developing economies
  • Traditional architecture and settlement in Africa
  • Medium density housing


Research Excellence: SA Institute of Architects

NICAI: Sustained Teaching Excellence Award

Areas of expertise

Urban design

Architectural design

Urban growth management

Urban housing

Urban settlement history

Urban design theory

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member: New Zealand Institute of Architects
  • Member: International Planning History Society

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Haarhoff, E., Beattie, L., & Dupuis, A. (2016). Does higher density housing enhance liveability? Case studies of housing intensification in Auckland. Cogent Social Science, 2, 1-16. 10.1080/23311886.2016.1243289
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lee Beattie
  • Haarhoff, E. (2016). Shaping places: A role for urban design?. Architecture New Zealand, 2016 (2), 29-31.
  • Haarhoff, E., & Aitken Rose, E. (2016). Traffic in towns: The loss of urban resilience and the case of Auckland's Civic Centre. In C. Hein (Ed.) History; Urbanism; Resilience Volume 03: Change and responsive planning: International Planning History Society Proceedings, 17 (3), 261-271. Delft, Netherlands: TU Delft Open. 10.7480/iphs.2016.3.1267
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Aitken Rose
  • Beattie, L. G., & Haarhoff (2014). Delivering Quality Urban Consolidation on the UrbanFringe: A Case Study of University Hill, Melbourne, Australia. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 7 (4), 329-342. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lee Beattie
  • Haarhoff, E. J. (2014). Shaping Places: Urban Planning, Design and Development by David Adams& Steve Tiesdell [book reviews]. Urban Policy and Research, 32 (1), 113-115. 10.1080/08111146.2014.883669
  • Haarhoff, E., Hunt, J., Beattie, L., Manfredini, M., & Gu, K. (2013). At home in the city: Thinking through urban design challenges in New Zealand. Auckland: Balasoglou Books.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kai Gu, Manfredo Manfredini, Lee Beattie
  • Haarhoff, E. J., Beattie, L., Dixon, J., Dupuis, A., Lysnar, & Murphy, L. (2012). Future Intensive: Insights for Auckland's Housing. 1-296. Auckland: Transforming Cities: Innovations for Sustainable Futures. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lee Beattie, Jennifer Dixon, Laurence Murphy
  • Haarhoff, E. J. (2010). Practice and Gender: a Survey of New Zealand Architecture Graduates 1987-2008. Auckland: School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 422
New Zealand