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Urban Designer

An urban designer is a collaborator of the multi disciplinary process of shaping the physical setting for life in villages, towns and cities - the relationship between built form and public spaces (streets, squares and parks).

Urban design appeals to people who are interested in more than just the design of a single building or the interests of a single user. What gets urban designers out of bed in the morning is the challenge of creating a place that will be used and enjoyed by a wide range of different people for different purposes, not only now but in years to come.

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What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?


Key Responsibilities

design of groups of buildings and space between them
preparation of guidance on urban design
coordination of multi disciplinary teams of professionals
advising public and private sectors
developing guidance and policies relating to the built environment
surveying land
participating in educating civic leaders and the public about projects scheduled for their communities
researching and analysing places and people
graphic representation – from sketching and technical drawing to using the latest technologies and packages in visualisation and computer aided design

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Urabn design is a relatively new profession (circa 25 years), with no accreditation body.


Entry Requirements

Undergraduate course in built environment/spatial design
Postgraduate qualification in urban design

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

Ability to take balanced holistic view
A passion for design and space - and the impact it has on those who use it
strong report-writing, communication and organisational skills for effective liaison with colleagues, developers, architects and possibly members of the public
creative thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills to come up with imaginative solutions to urban design problems
flexibility, initiative and innovation in order to be responsive to changes
A understanding of a range of disciplines - design, economic, social
project-management skills
Excellent communication skills
Creative design skills - drawing and sketching
the ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail
Understanding of the broad spectrum of influences on the built environment

How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?

The following figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary & Progression

Junior Urban Designer: £20,000 - £25,000
Experienced Urban Designers: £26,000 - £45,000
Senior Urban Designers: £45,000 - £80,000
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