Prof Errol Haarhoff

Co-founder & inaugural co-director of the Future Cities Research Hub | Emeritus Professor

Errol Haarhoff is Emeritus Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. He holds qualifications in Architecture and Urban Design, and a PhD in Urban Planning. 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. He has led a number of research initiatives concerned with urban design and higher density housing and, most recently, a $2.5m National Science Challenge 11 multi-institutional research project ‘Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods’. This has involved assessments of design approaches to living at higher density, and post-occupancy evaluations of higher density living.​

Research interests:


  • Urban Design
  • Urban Settlement History
  • Urban Growth Management
  • Urban Intensification and housing
  • Modern Architecture History

Research projects:

National Science Challenge 11 – Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods
Architecture Graduate Progression to Practice in New Zealand: 1987-2018