Welcome to the Urban Design Group

Founded in 1978, the Urban Design Group (UDG) is a campaigning membership organisation with over 1000 members who care about the quality of life in our cities, towns and villages, and believe that raising standards of urban design is central to its improvement.

The UDG website contains a wealth of information for anyone interested in urban design including details of urban design practices, university courses, publications and job vacancies, as well as future urban design events. Our regular email newsletter Urban Update is a one-stop-shop for urban design news, articles and blog posts.



Awards Event - Thursday 28 March, Shoreditch, London 

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Vote for the winners: 

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Join The Conversation


It is 25 years since Francis Tibbalds' seminal 'Making People-Friendly Towns' was first published. To commerate the continuing relevance of his work Tibbalds invite you to join an open campaign to put people at the heart of planning, design and engineering.

Its aim, to stimulte debate and propose practical suggestions for continuing his work, to make sure we create people friendly places in the future.

people-friendlyplaces.org    @PeoplePlaces25


AGM 2018 elects new Chair and Treasurer


Leo Hammond - Chair

Katja Sille - Treasurer



   Reports and Surveys


UDG Pilot Survey reveals widespread failure to update highways standards to reflect government guidance and statutory duties

Key Findings:

Fewer than 20% of highway authorities have modernised their highway standards in line with Manual for Streets (or equivalent)...

Read more    Full Survey Report

UCL - UDG - Place Alliance

Urban Design Skills Survey

Housing delivery under threat through a lack of design skills in planning departments

The UK Government, both in its manifesto and in the recent Housing Green Paper, committed itself to a step change in the delivery of high quality new homes across the country.  Research published today puts those aspirations in doubt because of worsening design skills gaps in English local planning authorities.

Read more

Electric Vehicles don't solve the problems caused by car ownership and use

Are electric vehicles the solution to urban movement?

Following presentations from 12 leading speakers, delegates at the UDG - London Living Streets conference held in London on 11 October went away in grave doubt. 

Read the seminar report.



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Urban Update is a regular free news service for people with an interest in the design of cities, towns and villages. It covers latest news, research, events and jobs. Sign up here.

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