Reset Urban Design is a specialist urban design and landscape architecture consultancy with office in Auckland and Wānaka, serving a diverse range of projects across New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Ours is fundamentally a design company focused on applying constant learning and improvements to the critical and ever changing interaction of people and their environment.

With over 60 years of combined experience we offer a total design service in landscape architecture and urban design projects including rural and urban parks, waterfront, cycle and walkways, town centres, streetscapes and plazas, housing and retail developments, expert assessments, masterplanning and strategic planning.

Leading our practice is New Zealand’s most prolific Landscape Architect / Urban Designer and author Garth Falconer. Together with Associate James Paxton and a versatile team of highly skilled senior professionals, we have an established track record of innovation and added value in delivering game changing projects.

We collaborate and assist clients, both public and private, and coordinate with other expertise to create a holistic design-led approach. We value passion and accountability as we work directly and responsibly to achieve sustainable outcomes for our clients that impact positively on the social, economic and environment fabric of our communities and the planet.



Garth Falconer


Director of Reset Urban Design, Garth Falconer is one of New Zealand’s foremost designers with over 30 years of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design experience. Former founding Director of the Isthmus Group (est 1988), Garth formed Reset Urban Design in 2008 as a specialist urban design and landscape architecture practise to concentrate on the design and delivery of strategic projects.

Garth is foremost a designer and he leads from the front. Individually he has a great sense of understanding of places and vision of what it could be, combined with an allround ability to initiative conceptual designs, develop and detail designs. For him overseeing the construction of a design into a functioning and uplifting place is one of the most satisfying dimensions to a role which he believes has a critical responsibility in improving the quality and sustainability of life for our people and the wider ecology.

Garth has over 30 years of leading experience in a wide range of design work. He has led multi disciplinary teams that have taken innovative conceptual designs through to successful implementation. These projects range from regional, town and city centre projects, public open space networks through large-scale infrastructure works and commercial developments. Garth’s work combines a strong social and environmental concern with a developed theoretical understanding. A leader of teams he has the ability to motivate and coordinate others with a broad range of understanding and visionary skills.

Garth graduated in Landscape Architecture from Lincoln University, completed a Masters in Urban Design from Oxford Brookes (UK) and is a fellow of the NZILA.

James Paxton

Associate | Registered Landscape Architect

James is an NZILA Registered Landscape Architect and is the Studio Manager for Reset Urban Design.

He is an accomplished landscape architect and brings a highly creative and strategic approach to complex urban and public realm projects. His passion for creating healthy, smart, sustainable, and vibrant places underpin his design thinking approach to resolving the complex issues that confront the cities of our future. His commitment to the design of a vibrant and dynamic public realm is informed and inspired by the ecologies of place, people and nature.

James has extensive professional experience across a variety of projects including urban public realm, large scale transportation infrastructure, streetscapes and town centres, medium and high-density residential developments, urban regeneration, master planning and campus projects across New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. 

He has worked at all scales of the design environment, developing projects through the conceptual and consultation phases to leading large multidisciplinary teams in the development and delivery of complex projects.

Janet Zhang

Urban Designer

Janet Zhang is an Urban Designer whose extensive background in urban planning allows her to think strategically and work across a wide range of scales and contexts.

She holds a Master of Urban Design from the University of Auckland, a Master of Urban Planning from South China University of Technology, and a Bachelor of Engineering from South China University of Technology. Janet’s work focuses on providing conceptual ideas, collaborative approach and technical expertise on a variety of projects ranging from large scale master planning, residential and commercial developments, as well as a the finer details of design.

She places particular emphasis on achieving design excellence through employing interdisciplinary perspectives and utilising integrated design tools to ensure creative solutions.

Linda Falconer

Plantswoman / Project Supervisor

Linda comes from a landscape construction background, a founding partner of Reset Urban Design. She is a leader in her field of plant knowledge, is passionate about arts, landscape, and business.

Linda is based in the Wānaka Studio, thriving in the big landscape of Central Otago. She contributes to community projects through her support of the Karerearea project in Cardrona, Te Kākano nursery development, and the Lakes District Arts Trust as a current trustee.

Being a local Ignite Chamber of Commerce member adds to her diverse range of interests. When not in the studio, Linda can be found being inspired by the wilderness of surrounding mountain ranges and rivers.

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Nick Regal

Landscape Architect

Nick is a Landscape Architect with considerable experience across an array of projects, such as schools, coastal boardwalks, luxury residential design, medium and high-density residential developments, large scale subdivisions, streetscapes through to major infrastructure and urban realm projects.


Nick has extensive experience in producing concept, developed, and detail design packages for resource consent, building consent and construction. He has successfully produced multiple landscape and visual assessments for resource consent approval. He also has experience working in a multi-disciplinary team within an alliance format, leading the design delivery of public realm and station plaza packages for the City Rail Link (CRL), NZ’s largest ever transport infrastructure project.


He is a highly creative designer who enjoys problem solving, collaborative design and is passionate about creating lasting environments that improve both the ecological and human conditions. He believes as designers we have the unique position of creating, intertwining and presenting collective ideas to resolve issues and produce positive output. We can alter perceptions of place and space. The notion of design, the innovation, the freedom, problem solving, and opportunity to instigate change is why he became a landscape architect.

Ana Becker

Landscape Architect/Urban Planner

Ana is a landscape architect and urban planner with a Master’s degree of city planning from Pierre Mendès-France University. She has a wide range of project experience including town centre and residential master planning, landscape and mobility analysis, and public space design, working mainly in France and Switzerland with ARTER Agency. 

She particularly enjoys working collaboratively within multi-disciplinary teams and believes that sharing and challenging design ideas is the best way to achieve successful outcomes that balance the needs of all users. She also attaches a great importance to heritage and access and mobility issues. Attentive to detail, she focuses on high quality and integrated landscape & urban design outcomes.

Justin Meek

Associate / Studio Manager

Reset Urban Design is excited to welcome Justin Meek to our team. Justin, who has recently returned to New Zealand, is a highly experienced designer with over 25 years of experience in large scale projects including master planning, infrastructure, residential, mixed use and public realm. His roles have included Client Representative, Development Manager, Lead Project Manager and Design Director for projects of substantial scale. Justin has recently relocated back to Auckland from Thailand after the completion of a term contract for an international property developer, Frasers Property. In Thailand Justin was dedicated to the One Bangkok project, as design lead within the Project Management Team and then VP of Design. One Bangkok is an integrated district with over 1.8 million m2 of GFA including hotels, retail districts, apartments, offices and the associated infrastructure. One Bangkok has been in construction since 2018 with Phase 1 opening scheduled for 2023.

Prior to Frasers Property, Justin was with the TDIC, a quasi-government entity in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Here he was part of the Client-side Design and Development Team that has conceived and managed the design and delivery of numerous projects including infrastructure, hotels, residential, public realm and cultural projects. Over 30 projects were delivered and are now in full operation. A number of these projects have received international awards.

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