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Senior Urban Designer

Location: London
Company: AECOM
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Job Summary
As a Senior Urban Designer, with a relevant urban design qualification and relevant project experience, you will join our London team to support senior colleagues (Associates and Directors) and guide junior colleagues (Consultants and Graduates) in the production of masterplans, urban design guidance, planning strategies, design & access statements, capacity studies for strategic planning, and urban design commissions for public and private sector clients.
You will have experience working on residential, mixed-use and regeneration projects in a UK context. You will work closely with planning colleagues, so a good appreciation of the UK planning system, policy framework, the current planning agenda and any inherent key issues would be an advantage. You will work as an integral member of multi-disciplinary teams on interesting assignments including neighbourhood plans, residential-led masterplanning, and regional and national strategies.
Current projects within the team include:
- Sub-regional and city-scale strategic masterplanning and planning projects in Europe and the UK
- Large residential-led urban extensions for new communities in the UK
- Town-centre regeneration strategies feeding into the UK Government's Towns Fund programme
- A number of small to middle-sized commissions for national housebuilders
- Regeneration and community led-masterplanning in support of several Neighbourhood Planning groups
- Commercial/industrial site and strategic portfolio planning in the UK and internationally
Responsibilities and competencies
This is a key, mid-level position within the team, requiring the ability to work as part of an integrated team, to the direction of senior colleagues, but also able to lead individual work packages and assume elements of project responsibility.
Technical abilities
- Plan and execute complex project tasks and deliverables, including inputs and outputs by other disciplines, that feed into the master planning process, with oversight from senior colleagues
- Demonstrate capacity for analysing, identifying and resolving complex problems
- Work with colleagues to develop appropriate design proposals and solutions reflecting the client's brief and instructions
- Structure and write reports in a clear, logical and concise manner
- Structure, prepare and potentially deliver progress updates or issue-based presentations
Professional attitudes
- Pro-actively communicate within a project team, engaging with senior and junior colleagues
- Promote teamwork, maintaining positive morale, progress and support your own and others' career development and instill a creative culture within the practice
- Help develop training sessions/courses on new concepts, approaches and/or materials to enhance the capabilities of masterplanning within AECOM's Urban Advisory group
- Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of Quality Assurance Processes and contribute to those processes - diligently ensuring quality by reviewing the work of others
Minimum Requirements
The following are key requirements for any potential candidate:
- Relevant project experience and a good working knowledge of current urban design issues
- Competence in the use of the full range of design-focused packages including AutoCad, Revit, Rhino, Adobe CC and Sketch-Up, as well as Microsoft Office Confidence and competence in drawing and sketching by hand
- The ability to work in a consultancy environment, with a strong attention to detail, excellent organisational skills, ability to work independently and show initiative, and successfully manage time to meet project deadlines
- The ability to be able to work in the UK
Preferred Qualifications
- A first degree in architecture/landscape architecture and a postgraduate qualification in urban design;
Your benefits will include:
Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you'll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.
You'll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you're a member of the Reserve Forces you'll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.
What We Offer
When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to "make amazing happen" in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours.
Job Category Engineering - Engineering Design
Business Line B&P - Buildings & Places
Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)
Country United Kingdom
Position Status Full Time
Requisition/Vacancy No. 249917BR
Virtual: No
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.
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