Context welcomes Senior Urban Designer John Lonink

19 November 2020

John joins us from a seven-year tenure at Christchurch City Council. His appointment is a significant addition to Context’s integrated design service and will see him continue to play a pivotal role in the urban development of Christchurch.

Context is pleased to announce that urban designer John Lonink has joined our ranks in a senior role, coming aboard from his previous position at Christchurch City Council.

John has been with the Council for the past seven years, focusing on the city’s rebuild in the wake of the 2011 earthquake.

In his new berth at Context, he will continue to play a pivotal role in the ongoing development of the city, working alongside fellow Senior Urban Designer Heather Blewett and the wider integrated design team.

He brings with him 15 years of experience in architecture and urban design, including a six-year stint at the design collective LOS stadomland in his native Netherlands and robust leadership skills in collaborative design and stakeholder engagement.

A practical and pragmatic designer, John is deeply passionate about sustainability — a guiding philosophy Context shares — and believes that conscientious, future-proofed urban design and architecture should form the bedrock of our cities and communities.

“We’re thrilled to welcome a designer of such calibre to the Context team, and it’s wonderful to have another urban design lead with a strong architectural background,” says Context Urban Designer Heather Blewett, who’ll be working alongside John out of the business’s Christchurch studio. “John has a wealth of both local and international experience, as well as a robust understanding of what’s truly involved in successful urban development.”

John’s move back to practice comes on the back of a desire to work more closely on the design elements of developments in addition to the consenting stage. His expansive skillset in the realms of leadership and engagement will significantly strengthen Context’s integrated design offering, which encompasses everything from urban design, landscape, and architecture to retail, digital, and graphics.

John’s fundamentally people-centric design approach places the well-being of place and public front and centre and directly links to the Context mission: to lift lives through the power of design.

To get in touch with John, please contact [email protected].