Haley Hooper

Urban Designer

BAS, MArch (Unitec, Auckland), Masters Urban Design (Auckland University)

"When you look at the origins of architecture it’s a social discipline. It’s about civic notions. I think that’s where our fundamental responsibility lies.”

Haley’s a strategic, socially engaged architect and urban designer. She’s also a keen traveller who joined ClarkeHopkinsClarke in February following a 6-month European design sabbatical, which took her through Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia. Haley visited a bucket list of buildings she had been waiting to experience, including La Tourette in Éveux by Corbusier and Xenakis, Barajas Airport (T4) terminal by Richard Rogers and the Expo ’98 Portuguese National Pavilion by Alvaro Siza. She visited Italian architect Renzo Piano’s seminal retrospective at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, attended a lecture by Japan’s 90-year-old architectural legend Fumihiko Maki, and wrote about design events for media like Urbis and Architecture NOW. She is a contributor to Architectural Review Australia.

Haley’s warm, curious and direct. A critical thinker, she’s a major asset to our growing urban design and mixed use team, where she works across varied projects defining and documenting the strategic visioning that underpins complex masterplanning projects. She studied architecture in New Zealand and began her career at a small commercial practice that, unusually for its size, spanned architecture, interiors and urban design. That exposure led to work on an interior refurbishment of the Hilton Hotel in Mauritius, and later to boutique residential architecture.  

While working for NZ’s largest architecture practice, Jasmax, Haley shifted towards urban design, city-making, community impact and social change. English design directors exposed her to the UK’s rigorous brand of urban design, which is strongly orientated towards housing development and civic space and informed by the experience of living in historic towns and villages that are constantly evolving. Adapting that approach for Auckland’s urban regeneration mission was exciting and formative. So too was co-founding Waka Māia, a group of Māori design professionals working to shape New Zealand’s built environment and integrate Māori design aspirations and ways of working into general practice. Experience in an engineering firm taught Haley how to resolve broad scale urban and architectural projects with a design, civil and development focus.

Haley regards Melbourne as one of the most progressive cities in the new urban world at the moment, and a “mid-vibe between Europe and home” with a great arts scene. She’s interested in emergent philosophies in architecture and urbanism and was drawn to ClarkeHopkinsClarke for its established history, progressive vision and challenging projects. She loves the value we place on community, the industry leadership of Urban Design Partner Dean Landy, the close ties we’ve created between architecture and urban design, as well as the happy, hardworking, problem solving approach of her colleagues.