Welcome to the Urban Design Group




Abstracts are now invited for the National Conference on Urban Design 2014, taking place in Nottingham on 18-20 September.

The conference aims to bring together all those interested and involved in shaping the quality of our built environment - no matter their professional background. We encourage the submission of abstracts not only from professionals but also those who might not conventionally see themselves as ‘urban designers’. 

Full details can be found here.

The Urban Design Group - Working to create successful places where people want to live, work and play through excellence in urban design.

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.



Urban Initiatiatives Studio and the Bristol City Design Team were celebrating on 12 February 2014, having scooped prizes at the National Urban Design Awards. Click here for the lowdown on the other winners, plus links to all the presentations.

Regular Events

The UDG runs a programme of regular events on a wide variety of urban design related subjects. Everyone is welcome. Many of the events are recorded and free to view online at UrbanNous. Just click on the link on the right to watch.

UrbanNous is currently looking for some nominal support funding, without which the service may be forced to close. If you are interested in offering some sponsorship please email: contact[at]urbannous.com

And don't miss Rob Cowan's PLANDEMONIUM brought to you by UrbanNous.


Debate and discussion - Email Forum - free to all! Join the Urban Design Email Forum at JISCMAIL

The forum is open to all academics and professionals for the free exchange and development of knowledge and practice on all aspects of urban design. It is an ideal way of seeking advice from others on day-to-day problems or developing support for your own ideas. To Join, click the icon!

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