Dhanesh joined r+m in 2019 as Head of Urban Design and Masterplanning and provides design leadership across a range of projects within the studio, with a particular focus on large scale residential and mixed use masterplans. He has over thirteen years’ experience specialising in masterplanning, regeneration planning and placemaking.
Dhanesh has held a several design roles across local and central government with a particular focus on urban regeneration, housing development, spatial planning and stakeholder engagement. He has also worked for number of established multidisciplinary design practices in the UK and New Zealand building up an array of technical expertise which ranges from site specific planning, to the development of city-wide masterplans, urban regeneration plans, urban design guidelines, integrated business cases and planning strategies for major growth areas.
Dhanesh gets his drive from being able to combine his design and problem solving skills with his passion for people focused design and the regeneration of cities, towns and communities, with a particular interest in creating safe, affordable and sustainable housing for all.
Outside of work, Dhanesh is on the slow and never ending journey of renovating his central city villa, building a pair of micro houses in his back garden (fully consented, of course), walking his dog and in between all that being reminded that he talks too much by his wife!
Loves about his job: Variety that his role brings, working in a design focused multidisciplinary team and being able to use his design skills for purposeful means
Moves: Road bike (fair-weather) and foot
Favourite space in Christchurch: Generally anything inside the four avenues, Bottle Lake Forest and Banks Peninsula
Supports: Access to safe and affordable housing as a human right and to a lesser extent advocating for cereal as an acceptable means of sustenance at time of the day (he suspects the latter will be the more contentious of the two)
Drinks: Guinness and root beer in copious amounts, although not at the same time
Eats: Ceylon Kitchen, Mollett Street (say no more!)
Listens to: UK Grime (weekends only)