Director of Masterplanning and Urban Design - Tyrens UK


Tyréns is one of Europe’s leading inter-disciplinary urban planning, environment, mobility and infrastructure design consultancies. We specialise in the delivery of high-quality solutions that promote sustainable development, economic regeneration, urban realm enhancement and transport connectivity. Founded in 1942, Tyréns has around 2,800 employees and subsidiaries across the UK, Sweden, Denmark and Estonia.

The Tyréns UK business is based in London and the client service offering is currently focused around three key design, planning and strategy disciplines of masterplanning & urban design, landscape architecture and transport/mobility, with a new business area in smart cities and digital consultancy. The London office is in early stages of growth with the support of a growing global company and sister firms AKTII and Hilson Moran in the UK. Together, the three firms form part of the Tyréns UK Holdings Group. The Tyréns Group globally invests over 10% of profits into research and development across the built environment annually. The UK Group also has offices in Manchester and Oxford.

We currently have an exciting opportunity to join Tyréns UK as a Director of Masterplanning and Urban Design. The successful candidate will work alongside a number of fellow Directors, Associates and senior staff and will be expected to secure and deliver of a range of commissions for the studio, as well as provide strategic direction for the masterplanning and urban design sector’s growth, covering UK and international markets. Equally, the Director is expected to develop internal and external client and key stakeholder relationships in line with the firm’s marketing plan, while coaching the team through these processes. The Director will also have other general operational responsibilities across the office commensurate to the level of the role.

As the Tyréns UK business is currently at an early stage of growth, the Director will be expected to make significant strides towards building the studio’s design culture and client base, as well as setting standards for cutting edge technical design leadership beside the Managing Director and other Directors and Associate Directors.

This demanding yet rewarding role will in turn offer outstanding career development and an opportunity to help shape our business.

The role will involve leading the masterplanning and urban design offer for Tyréns UK, working alongside the Managing Director, and developing project solutions to respond to a wide range of circumstances including:

  • Greenfields and brownfields masterplanning
  • Private developments
  • Town centre/CBD regeneration strategies
  • Transport corridor regeneration plans
  • Government initiated planning projects
  • Public-private infrastructure led projects
  • Viability and funding assessments and strategies
  • Resilience strategies
  • City-wide strategic development plans
  • Regeneration strategies
  • Public realm schemes
  • Masterplans in other sectors such as aviation or sports
  • Design guidelines and codes

We are looking for an experienced, strategically minded and results-driven practitioner, with an accomplished international and UK background in the conceptualisation, communication, management and development of complex urban problems at a range of scales. The person should have a clear commitment to an integrated design philosophy and be capable of bringing together, in an innovative and efficient manner, a broad range of specialist contributors across business and disciplines. They should be capable of communicating complex design concepts simply and efficiently to multi-national clients and managing multiple projects and teams.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to lead client-facing engagement for a range of different clients, including private developers, institutional customers and public sector bodies. The Director should be capable of winning work (with guidance based on level of experience), from client development, through bid strategy and execution, to project delivery and completion. In addition to design core skills, analytical capabilities including knowledge of urban design, masterplanning, transport planning, the real estate market, development policy, and current industry trends will be beneficial.

Key Attributes

  • Relevant combination of degrees, experience and charterships.
  • Sharp commercial acumen and ability.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Happy and comfortable in the public eye to represent the company at networking and speaking engagements, including pitches.
  • Enjoyment in being part of, as well as leading, managing, motivating and training, a successful and productive team.
  • Thrives in highly pressurised and challenging working environment.

We Offer:

  • Global experience
  • Investment in the progression of both our team and business
  • Competitive remuneration package commensurate with experience
  • Opportunities for merit-based progression to director level
  • Ownership of your career
  • The chance to thrive, backed by a great team and company

To apply please forward your CV, covering letter and portfolio to