Urban Designer

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Urban Designers help bring developments to life ensuring they serve the local community in every way. Through working with developers, architects, surveyors, planners, traffic engineers and landscapers an Urban Designer aims to create places that people can use and enjoy.

As well as creating new spaces and places, Urban Designers will re-imagine existing places to make them better – from parks to squares, major towns and cities as well as airports and hospitals. Your job would include:

  • Understand the needs of the people using the space through research
  • Work with planners and surveyors to ensure local policies and guidelines are followed
  • Building relationships with planners, architects, politicians and local community
  • Resolve conflicts between the different people involved in the project

Beneficial skills & interests in this role:

  • Interest in design and the environment
  • Good technical and artistic skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Desire to change the built environment for the better

How much can I earn?

Depending on where in the UK you decide to work, your salary will be higher or lower. Check out our salary map to see what you could earn.

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London Urban Designer salaries*
Apprentice (L6):£17,800
Newly qualified:£34,000
Partner / Director:£75,000
London Urban Designer salaries*
Apprentice (L6):£17,800
Newly qualified:£34,000
Partner / Director:£75,000

* Salaries are an estimate and may vary

Career paths into this role

  • Apprentice route
    You could qualify as an Urban Designer whilst working in a supporting role. You study alongside your practical experience

  • Graduate route
    You’ll need an RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) accredited undergraduate or postgraduate degree. You’ll usually need 5 GCSEs (9-4) and 3 A Levels to get onto a degree course, but you might be able to use other qualifications.

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