Urban Designer


We’re looking for a full-time or part-time (minimum of 3 days a week) Architect and Urban Designer to join our team in London, Leeds or Manchester to assist in a number of exciting new projects and to support our existing Urban Design capability. Working closely with our architectural teams, this is a brilliant opportunity for an ambitious and talented individual to work on diverse projects at various scales.

Reporting to the Directors, you will have 1-3 years’ experience in a similar role within an architecture practice. You’ll be an expert at translating urban design principles into clear, compelling and jargon-free reports and presentations. We’re looking for someone to use their exemplary communication skills, empathy and knowledge to negotiate with and influence people to make better-informed decisions about successfully planned spaces. It’s a fast-paced environment and you’ll need to have the ability to effectively prioritise work and react flexibly to a constantly changing workload to meet deadlines.

Your duties will include (but not be limited to):

  • Developing an understanding of project briefs through research and wider analysis
  • Developing design proposals through iterative reviews with the project and client team
  • Preparing drawings and information for coordination purposes with external consultants and in compliance with QA systems
  • Ensuring the adequate integration of technical information and statutory requirements into design drawings
  • Regularly presenting at project meetings
  • Analysing land and buildings, their current use and make recommendations for their future development
  • Applying your vision to designing a variety of built spaces, either creating brand new designs or revising and improving existing ones – these could range from small individual streets, parks and squares to major towns, housing areas and cities
  • Creating detailed drawings using your artistic or graphic skills, converting your vision into a technical drawing
  • Developing excellent relationships with people - both colleagues and wider groups such as planners, architects, politicians and local communities
  • Understanding the needs of people who will be using the space you design; through research and analysis you will consider political, environmental, social, economic, spatial, psychological and physical factors
  • Educating communities involved with the planning of their local region or neighbourhood
  • Working with the wider planning team to ensure policies and guidance are followed

You will have: 

  • Undergraduate degree in Architecture
  • Postgraduate degree in Urban Design and accredited with the Royal Town Planning Institute or similar nationally recognised body
  • Knowledge of planning policies and the UK planning process and an ability to produce coherent and well-resolved design concepts and masterplanning schemes
  • Excellent 2D and 3D CAD skills (experience of using Revit preferred)
  • Exceptional Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator skills

If you’d like to apply for this role, please send your CV, covering letter and no more than 10 pages of your work (maximum size 10MB) to careers@cartwrightpickard.com quoting reference CPUD_0421.

Cartwright Pickard is an equal opportunities employer. We’re committed to making our practice and our industry a diverse, equal and inclusive place to work. We actively encourage applications from under-represented groups in architecture, including Black, Asian and minority ethnic people, people with disabilities and people who identify as being LGBTQ2IA+.

We consider flexible working arrangements on an individual basis and can discuss this with you if you are invited to an interview.

Please note that due to the high number of applications we receive, we only respond to successful applicants.

Urban Designer