Matthew Bradbury

Associate Professor/ Academic Leader
Location: Building 1020


DipHort Massey., BArch (Hons) Auck., Fulbright Senior Scholar 2003-4., MLA (RMIT)

Professional memberships

Allied Professional, New Zealand Institute of Architects
Affiliate New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture


Matthews expertise as a landscape architect and urban designer has been recognized with a number of invitations and appointments including, serving on Auckland Councils Urban Design Panel, membership of the Aotea Square redevelopment Mayoral task force, judging the New Zealand Memorial Park competition, and appeared as an expert urban/landscape design witness at the Environment Court. Matthew was recently invited to help in the writing of the Auckland Spatial Plan.

Matthew has carried out important research into a new urban design model through the development of a methodology, which combines both landscape analysis and city design. The most recent research has been on the application of this model to the design of a new waterfront. Matthew has given papers and presentations of this work at many universities and international conferences, including the Harvard GSD. 
Matthew is acting programme leader of the Masters of Landscape Architecture by Project,  member of the Faculty Research committee, and member of the Faculty Environmentally Sustainable Strategy committee. Matthew is a member of the Faculty Masters by Design programme and is supervising a number of masters students. Matthew has also been invited to mark a number of master’s thesis from Auckland University of Technology, Auckland University, Massey University, and the University of New South Wales.  


Matthews teaching is in the areas of landscape and urban history and the development of the contemporary landscape. This focus of this teaching has been on the way history and contemporary practice effect the ways of making public space in the city. Matthews other teaching area is studio. Recent studio projects have focusing on the Auckland region and the way in which landscape architects can contribute to the building of a new city to accommodate the expecting one million new citizens.


Research Group

Matthew has been responsible for the setting up of a research group, Auckland Ecologies in 2011. This is a new research initiative launched by the Faculty of Creative Industries and Business, Unitec Institute of Technology. Finding connections between different disciplines; the visual arts, business, computing, landscape architecture, and architecture, Auckland Ecologies uses Auckland as a site in which to investigate both historical and contemporary urban issues.



Graduate supervision of completed theses/dissertations

(as Principal or Associate supervisor)

Chen, Shoujun (2016). AGRIHOOD : a new peri-urban agriculture system for Auckland : towards a sustainable farming centered residential development
Noronha, Shayne (2016). Rising tides and the future of coastal communities
Bhatt, Komal (2016-07). Cemeteries as healing landscapes
Xu, Gao (2015). The New Coast : how can an environmentally sustainable model of coastal development be developed?
Davie-Martin, Raewyn (2015). Wastewater for resilient 21st century cities
Gao, Yan (2015). Volcanic urbanism : an investigation into the role of public open spaces as disaster relief areas in order to make a city more resilient.
He, Yucui (2015). Multiculturalism in the urban landscape : create a better city with multicultural communities
Wang, Xinxin (2015-12-22). Preserving a green space network for a regional Auckland
McPherson, Peter James John (2014). Surface reality: geometry, craft and shape of the invisible world
Warne, Grace Ann (2014). Social interaction and the sustainable industrial landscape
Kettle, Elizabeth Elaine (Betsy) (2014). Daylighting waste : can community-based recycling depots become part of Auckland's everyday life?


Bradbury, M. (2016). Sponge City Bringing Nature to the Chinese City. Sponge City Constructing Technology Forum at the First Shandong Provincial City Construction Expo. Linyi, Shandong Province, China.

Simon, K. M., & Bradbury, M. A. (2016). Hooton Reserve Stream Daylighting. Landscape Architecture New Zealand, AGM Publishing Limited (Vol. Autumn 2016 no. 29).

Bradbury, M. A., (landscape architect) (2016). Poster of the Alexandra Stream Cycle Path project. H. Crothers, Silo 6 Gallery, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, New Zealand, 19 - 25 September.

Bradbury, M. A. (2016). Te Ara/Alexandra Stream Cycle Path. Ceccon, P. and Zampieri, L. Shanghai, China.

Bradbury, M. A., & Bogunovich, D. (2016). Curing Auckland's Growing Pains. Auckland, New Zealand, New Zealand Herald (Vol. Mon 16 January).

Bradbury, M. A. (2016). The Chrematistic Waterfront. Landscape Architecture As Necessity, School of Architecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Bradbury, M. A. (2015). The Chrematistic Waterfront: Paying for the environmentally sustainable waterfront. Cumulus Mumbai 2015: In a planet of our own - a vision of sustainability with focus on water, Mumbai, India.

Bradbury, M.A., & de Costa, G.S. (2015). STORM WATER MANAGEMENT AND IMPROVEMENT CASE OF FREEMANS BAY AUCKLAND. Arthur Mynett, Deltas of the Future and what Happens Upstream.

Bradbury, M.A. (2015). Review of the book Living in Paradox. G. Falconer, Landscape Architecture New Zealand (Vol. Winter 2015).

Bradbury, M.A. (2015). Urban Heirloom East Tamaki. Landscape Architecture New Zealand (Vol. Winter).

Wang, X., & Bradbury, M. A. (2015). Preserving a Green Space Network for a Regional Auckland. International Symposium on Megaregions in China, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney, Australia.

Wang, X., & Bradbury, M.A. (2015). The emergence of a green network for a future regional Auckland. X-Section Journal (Vol. 5).

Bradbury, M.A. (2015). The Garden City of the 21st Century. In M. Ignatieva, N. Thorne, E. Golosova, P. Berg, P. Hedfors, T. Eriksson & D. Menzies, Proceedings of the 52nd World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects: History of the Future.

Bradbury, M.A. (2015). The Tempered Edge: Waterfront development in an age of climate change. A. Hatakka and J. Vehmas, Proceedings of the Sustainable Futures in a Changing Climate Conference.

Bradbury, M. A. (2014). Mainstreet. Landscape New Zealand, AGM Publishing (Vol. Summer(48)).

Bradbury, M. (2014). The Sustainable Waterfront. XX, Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-4852-4.ch093 (Vol. 1).

Bradbury, M. A. (2014). Waterfronts: Globalist development vs local ecology. Presented at the Cities Future Conference: Cities as strategic places and players in a globalized world. The European Urban Research Association (EURA) and the Urban Affairs Association (UAA), Paris, France.

Bradbury, M. A. (2014). The Tempered Edge: Waterfront development in an age of climate change. Presented at Sustainable Futures in a Changing Climate Conference, Helsinki, Finland.

Bradbury, M. A., & Bogunovich, D. (2014). Linear City - Water City: How can an exchange between landscape and infrastructure generate an alternative Auckland Plan? X-Section Journal (Vol. 4 (Exchange)).

Bradbury, M.A. (2013). Waterfront Ecology: Two waterfront design case studies in Auckland N.Z. and Furong New Town, P.R. China. Changing Cities: Spatial, morphological, formal & socio-economic dimensions, Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, in collaboration with the Technical Chamber of Greece.18-21 June 2013. Skiathos, Greece.

Bradbury, M.A. (2013). Pluvial Urbanism: Stormwater Minimization/Remediation and Waterfront Design. WATER AND PLANNING: THE FLUID CHALLENGE. World Town Planning Day Online Conference 2013.

Bradbury, M.A. (2013). Let's build green defences against rising sea. The New Zealand Herald, Jan 30,

Bogunovich, D., and Bradbury, M.A. (2012). Opportunity in Christchurch Tragedy. NZ Herald , Tuesday March 20, 2012.

Bradbury, M.A. (2012). Auckland Ecologies. Landscape Architecture New Zealand (Vol. Winter 2012).

Bradbury, M.A. (2012). Modern Times. Landscape Architecture New Zealand (Vol. Winter 2012).

Bogunovich, D., and Bradbury, M.A. (2012). Reslient Sprawl. Governing City Futures Conference, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney, 16 August 2012.

Bradbury, M.A. (2012). Auckland Ecologies. X Section, Department of Landscape Architecture, Unitec. (Vol. Issue 2).

Bogunovich, D., and Bradbury, M.A. (2012). The Long Flat City:Decompacting Auckland City Planning. Future Proof 2012, The University of Auckland NCAI. 2 October 2012.

Bradbury, M.A. (2012). Reactions to the Christchurch Recovery Plan. Cross Section, NZILA. (Vol. September 2012).

Bogunovich, D., and Bradbury, M.A. (2012). Auckland One Year On. Institute of Public Administration NZ. 13 December 2012.

Bradbury, M.A. (2012). Te Ara Alexandra Stream Cycle Path. Landscape Architecture New Zealand (Vol. Autumn 2012).

Bradbury, M.A. (2012). Resilient Waterfronts:Urban Planning in an Age of Climate Change. Society, Politics and Climate Change. Nagindas Khandwala College. Mumbai, India. 3-4 December.

Bogunovich, D., and Bradbury, M. (2012). Auckland 2040. Planning Quarterly (Vol. March 2012).

Bradbury, M.A. (2012). Pluvial Urbanism. 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design. 21 -23 February 2012. Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne.

Bogunovich, D., and Bradbury, M. (2011). Auckland Spatial Plan: Water City + Linear City. Report to Auckland Council, February 2011, Auckland.

Bradbury, M.A. (2011). Cleaning up harbours could transform city. New Zealand Herald (Vol. Jan.13).

Bradbury, M.A. (2011). Auckland Water CITY. .

Bradbury, M.A. (2011). The Sustainable Waterfront. In D. O. Y. Ercoskun (Ed.), Green and Ecological Technologies for Urban Planning: Creating Smart Cities:. Green and Ecological Technologies for Urban Planning: Creating Smart Cities.

Bradbury, M.A., and Mckegg, M.M. (2011). Matthew Bradbury and Margaret Mckegg. In Professor Ian Spellerberg, Hon. FEIANZ, CEnvP (Ed.). . Canterbury University Press. Christchurch, N.Z. Native by Design.

Bradbury, M.A. (2010). The Contemporary Waterfront, From City to Park. Urban Transformations:Controversies,Contrasts, and Challenges. Proceedings of 14th International Planning History Society Conference, ISBN 978-975-561-375-8(tk) (Vol. vol 2).

Bradbury, M.A. (2010). A Grand Avenue. Landscape New Zealand (Vol. Summer).

Bradbury, M.A. (2010). The Sustainable Waterfront. A new Agenda for Global Governance. The 16th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Hong Kong.

Bradbury, M. (2009). The Sustaninable Urban Territory, towards an Environmental Urbanism. Low Carbon Cities: The 45th ISOCARP Congress.

Bradbury, M. (2008). Lets have our park and cruise ships too. New Zealand Herald.

Bradbury, M. (2007). Garden Urbanism in China and New Zealand. Bull, C., Boontharm, D., Parin, C., Radvic, D., and Tapie, G. Cross-cultural urban design global or local practice?.

Bradbury, M. (2006). Vision of a clean garden harbourside. New Zealand Herald (Vol. 4 January).

Bradbury, M. (2005). Trinity apartment garden. Landscape Architecture. In Barker, L. Street smarts. Urbis Landscape, No 5 August to October 2005, Auckland.

Bradbury, M. (2005). Garden city. Presented to the Lunchbox Lecture Series, Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University, 4 April, Boston, USA.

Bradbury, M. (2005). Garden city. Affordable housing, medium density housing competition - Auckland 2003 (Book - Publisher Balasoglou Books), 34.

Bradbury, M. (2005). Fred Tschopp; From regionalism to modernism. Advance (Autumn), 7.

Bradbury, M. (2005). Jungle explorer. Gardens Illustrated, 103 (June 2005), 64-71.

Bradbury, M., & Woodside, M. (2005). Harry Turbott, landscape modernist. In M. Abbot (Ed.), Looking forward to heritage landscapes: Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects 2005 Conference (CD Rom ed., pp. 458-471). Dunedin: NZILA. Paper presented at the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Conference 'Looking forward to heritage landscapes', 28-30 April, Dunedin.

Bradbury, M. (2003). Transforming cities in Australia and New Zealand. Presented to the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects annual conference, 20-22 March, Auckland.

Bradbury, M. (2003). The Professionals: We talk to landscape architect Matthew Bradbury about swimming pools. New Zealand Home & Garden (January), 58-59.

Bradbury, M. (2003). How? Garden City. In R. v. d. Velde & P. Connolly (Eds.), Technique (pp. 102-111). Melbourne: RMIT University Press.

Bradbury, M. A., & Simon, K. (2002). Green, Recent Projects. 13-23 August. Snowhite Gallery, UNITEC, Auckland.

Bradbury, M. A. (2002). The garden city. Presented to the International Planning History Conference 'Cities of Tomorrow', July, London.

Bradbury, M. A., & Adam, J. (2002). Fred Tschopp: New Zealand's First Landscape Architect. Presented to the Australasia Planning History Conference (Auckland, April); New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects biennial conference (Wellington, June).

Bradbury, M. A. (2002). Fred Tschopp (12 commentary/critique). Auckland: National Radio. 23 May.

Bradbury, M. (2001). GIS and the Landscape of Suburbia. Abstract accepted for Computers in Urban Planning and Management Conference, University of Hawaii, Hawaii, July.

Bradbury, M. (2001). Garden City. Abstract accepted for the First World Planning Schools Congress, Shanghai, China, 11-15 July.

Bradbury, M. (2001). The garden and the new Asian city. Abstract accepted for International Federation of Landscape Architects Conference, Singapore, June.

Bradbury, M. (2000). 4-5 November. Artspace, Auckland.

Bradbury, M. (2000). Presented to the '' Symposium, Artspace Gallery, 4-5 November, Auckland.

Bradbury, M. (2000). - Postgraduate Work. Kerb Journal of Landscape Architecture (8), 46.

Bradbury, M. (2000). The masters of landscape architecture by design catalogue, RMIT, September.

Bradbury, M. (2000). Design project presented to RMIT masters class, Melbourne, Australia. May.

Bradbury, M. (2000). Studio Projects: Papamoa. Kerb Journal of Landscape Architecture (8), 59.

Bradbury, M. (1999). Pukemuka Valley - Gardening Suburbia. Presented to the RMIT University Graduate School, September, Melbourne.

Bradbury, M. (1999). The Paremuka Valley Landscape and Subdivision. Design project presented to RMIT masters class, Melbourne, Australia. September.

Bradbury, M. (1999). Christchurch City Art Gallery Competition - New Zealand Insitute of Architects Touring Display (landscape plan). September. Artspace, Auckland.

Bradbury, M. (1999). The Paremuka Valley Landscape and Subdivision. Design project presented to RMIT masters class, Melbourne, Australia. May.

Bradbury, M. (1999). Henderson Creek - Catastrophic Gardens. Presented to the RMIT University Graduate School, May, Melbourne.

Bradbury, M. (1999). Homes and Gardens (landscape architecture). March. Department of Landscape and Plant Science - Exhibition Space, Auckland.

Bradbury, M. (1999). Bambury Pool. Landscape New Zealand (January/February), 28-30.

Bradbury, M. (1999). Hamiliton garden. Home and Entertaining, December/January.

Bradbury, M. (1998). The Auckland School. Presented to the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Conference, Wellington.

Bradbury, M. (1998). Water in the Contemporary Garden. Interview with Ted Smyth. Landscape New Zealand, November.

Bradbury, M. (1998). The Suburban Sublime. Design project presented to RMIT masters class, Melbourne, Australia. September.

Bradbury, M. (1998). On pragmatics and the sublime. UME ed. Haig Beck Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning University of Melbourne, February. (refereed).

Bradbury, M. (1998). Katherine's Place. Landscape Australia, January.

Bradbury, M. (1997). The best of Summer. Home and Building, December/January.

Bradbury, M. (1997). Katherine Place. Landscape New Zealand, December.

Bradbury, M. (1997). Contemporary Garden Furniture, interview, Herald, November.

Bradbury, M. (1997). Katherine Prichards Garden. Design project presented to RMIT masters class, Melbourne, Australia. September.

Bradbury, M. (1997). Titirangi Garden. Design project presented to RMIT masters class, Melbourne, Australia. April.

Bradbury, M., Barnett, R., Haines, L., & Bogunovitch, D. (1997). Restoring the Ecology of the City: New strategies for Design and Planning of Urban Greenways. Research grant application, Matthew Bradbury, UNITEC, Auckland.

Bradbury, M. (1996). Gardens of Control: Truby Kings garden at Melrose. The Modern world conference proceedings, UNITEC, Auckland.

Bradbury, M. (1996). Peploe Garden. Your Home, December.

Bradbury, M. (1996). Forrest Garden. Home and Building, October/November.

Bradbury, M. (1996). Legends of our time. The ten best New Zealand architects. Home and Building, June/July.

Bradbury, M. (1996). Forrest Garden. Landscape New Zealand, January/February.

Bradbury, M. (1995). Gould garden. Home and Building, December/January.

Bradbury, M. (1995). Natural selection. Matthew Bradbury profile. Home and Building, December/January.

Bradbury, M. (1995). A History of the Garden in New Zealand. Viking, Penguin Books New Zealand.