She is highly experienced at working in multi-disciplinary teams on politically sensitive projects with a high public profile, covering the full spectrum of urban design related services including expert evidence. Tracy has also been a member of the Auckland Urban Design Panel since 2012 and is a qualified hearings panel commissioner.

Tracy is the Director of Motu Design Ltd which she established in 2005. She has a wide range of urban design, strategic planning and communication skills developed through a unique mix of professional, educational and personal experience.  This includes a robust understanding of local government and RMA processes and a passion for the creation of healthier cities.

Tracy Ogden-Cork

BAS BArch (Hons.) MArch (Hons.)

Tracy is passionate about finding urban solutions that respond to the specific culture and character of Aotearoa. Her Masters of Architecture thesis ‘Towards a South Pacific Urbanism, - Tikanga Maori, History and Urban Design in the context of Tamaki Makaurau - Auckland Region’,  received an A+.

Key Area of Expertise


  • Multi-disciplinary design and creative solution finding to complex design situations.
  • Design review and assessment of large development proposals (including intensive residential, retail and commercial or mixed use developments, streets, public spaces and transport infrastructure)
  • District Plan changes (including the formation of plan changes, or assessment and submissions)
  • Structure planning, precinct planning and complex site planning
  • Staged development plans
  • Design guidelines
  • Community consultation, training and participatory workshops
  • Collaboration with Mana Whenua, and the application of Te Aranga Design Principles
  • Research and Policy advice
  • Expert urban design evidence