Nina joined the Motu Design team in 2013.  She has substantial experience in undertaking urban design reviews and assessments of large scale developments, both residential and commercial as well working on community arts and planning projects.

Nina enjoys the challenge of investigating new ways to engage individuals and communities to play a part in their environment; to explore how we can use creativity as a tool for place making and to create unique and sustainable design solutions. Her urban design masters research work focused on how the existing portage routes in Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland could be regenerated and reincorporated back into our contemporary sub/urban environment and landscape.

Nina Patel

BArch (Hons.) MUrbDes (Hons.)

Nina is particularly passionate about improving her local neighbourhood of Avondale and the Te Whau River, where she has facilitated a number of projects in both a professional and private capacity.  This includes the recent workshops facilitated by Motu Design that worked with the people of Avondale to create a community-led vision Our Future Avondale.


Key Area of Expertise


  • Community and stakeholder consultation and engagement projects
  • Planning and collaboration with other design professionals in the design of precincts, streets, and buildings
  • Urban design reports, site and context analysis, concept design and development
  • Spatial planning and 3D scenario modeling
  • Research and Analysis
  • Graphic Communication and Analysis
  • Design Review and Assessment
  • Teaching and Education within Place making
  • High quality documentation  (Adobe Creative Suite, CAD drawing + 3D Sketch Up)