It has come as a shock to many in the design professions to hear that Barry Rae, Managing Director of NZ design and planning consultancy Transurban, recently died. He was involved with the Australian version of Urban Design Forum, and was instrumental in setting up Urban Design Forum in New Zealand – and assisting it to make great progress. As urban designer, planner, and architect, Barry led a small but very creative practice, and was a contributing member of a number of professional organisations, including the World Society of Ekistics, where he studied with C.A Doxiadis alongside a number of Australian colleagues. He was also Adjunct Professor of Urban Design, University of Auckland.
Barry had a wry sense of humour that will be missed by his family and friends, but with more than 30 years experience in trans-disciplinary work in urban design and planning, he will also be sadly missed by many professional colleagues.