The Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) programme has revolutionised the way Lucy Collins sees the world.
"I started out at the University of Auckland doing a Bachelor of Science in Geography. I loved it, but took a paper in Urban Geography, and knew instantly that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So I switched and never looked back!
“I realised how much I love cities and am really interested in how they work. It’s my dream in the future to work in Asia. I just love the cities there and how there are millions of people that live in them, and yet they somehow manage to make it all work. I love the organised chaos. I am especially interested in tall buildings, so I would really like to be a policy and urban design specialist in that area.
“Urban Planning is a small department. Everyone knows each other. The staff are very approachable. We get a lot of one-on-one time with tutors and lecturers, which helps to push us to go deeper into subjects and issues. Our class has become very close over the four years.
“Even though they were always extremely challenging, the design studios have been really interesting and rewarding. They’ve pushed me to go beyond what I thought I was able to do, especially in drawing and computer-aided design. The studio space is also awesome. The things we’ve learnt in studio have definitely had the most impact on me, in the way I see and understand cities and how they function.
“Urban Planning has changed the way I see everything around me. Every global or local issue has something to do with planning. It involves politics, economics, design, transport, housing, poverty, racism, crime, climate change. We have the ability to influence so many aspects of people’s lives, and that is pretty exciting.”