Sought out by Mayors, Cities and Governments, Ludo Campbell-Reid is a globally renowned urban design thought-leader, city planning expert and international keynote speaker with over 24 years' public/private sector experience on large-scale city transformation projects. He is an internationally respected commentator on cities and appears regularly in the media and trade press.
Formerly Founding CEO of Urban Design London, a pan London organisation established to lift urban design quality in London, Ludo was appointed as Auckland's first ever Design Champion in 2006 following the recommendations of the 2005 Mayoral Task Force on Urban Design. He is also the General Manager of Auckland Council's Auckland Design Office (ADO), a department of multi-disciplinary design and place activation professionals charged with spearheading Auckland's design-led renaissance.
As Design Champion, Ludo is accountable for achieving design excellence in council's plans, policies and projects; working alongside the private sector and community to deliver exemplary design outcomes and promoting the council's design-led city agenda across the organisation, the wider Auckland community and internationally.
In 2016 Ludo was accorded a 2016 Auckland Property People Awards in the Urban Design & Architecture Category by the Property Council NZ for his pivotal role in transforming and revitalising the City of Auckland, "known as a lightning rod for transformation and man of infectious energy and innovation, Ludo has lifted the design of Auckland to ground-breaking heights."
In 2015 he was described by Metro Magazine as one of the Top 50 most influential Aucklanders.
A recent Paperboy article described him as the "Design Champion with an unshakeable faith in Auckland."
He is also currently Deputy Chair and Founding Trustee of Sea Cleaners Charitable Trust (www.seacleaners.com), an organisation which has removed 4.3 million litres of plastic and rubbish from the Auckland's Harbour and waterways since 2002.
You can follow Ludo on Twitter (@AklDesignChamp) and on LinkedIn.