Associate Urban Designer - Gillespies


As one of the leading landscape architecture, environmental planning and urban design practices in the UK, Gillespies deliver distinctive and beautiful places where people want to live, work and play. Every project is a careful result of analysis, collaboration and a unique understanding of place.

We are looking for an Associate Urban Designer to oversee our expanding Urban Design team, in our London studio. The Associate Urban Designer will underpin our recent expansion, to manage our growing team, deliver current projects and build upon our portfolio with new work. Gillespies’ Urban Design team has a strong focus on multidisciplinary practices and undertakes a variety of projects internationally and nationally, from new cities to public realm. We think strategically in the context of international city making trends, and employ our design skills towards creation of people oriented places.
We will require you to work with a range of disciplines, in different cultural contexts. We are passionate about urban design, masterplanning and city making and love the wonderful complexity of design challenges it presents. You will be required to be at ease with all elements of masterplanning – from collaboration with socio-economic consultants, through to delivering detailed masterplans and design codes.
Key aspects of the role of Associate Urban Designer:
  • Take lead in assigned urban design related and multi-disciplinary projects covering urban regeneration projects, development master plans, new cities, regional plans and urban strategies
  • Drive business development for the Urban Design unit and broaden the client base
  • Prepare project budgets, monitor costs and deliver projects within set budget
  • Liaise with clients and community stakeholders
  • Propose design led options/solutions to problems
  • Produce high quality bids and successful tender presentations
The ideal candidate would demonstrate the following qualities:
  • Self-starter - able to work independently
  • Aptitude for business development and winning new work
  • Willing to take risks
  • Independent proposal writing
  • Confidence to take lead on projects independently and undertake design meetings
  • Project management, including consultant team management and client management
  • Ability to design independently and understand full complexities of urban design, e.g. transport, economics and design codes.
  • Team leader - organise the work of junior team members and lead projects internally
  • Ability to present and report clearly
  • Presence and authority
  • Ability to manage programs, contracts and deliverables
  • Awareness of contemporary urban discourse, with ability to apply it to projects, as appropriate
  • Ability to negotiate all scales: from regional plans to interface with built form and landscape
  • Experience on UK projects would be an advantage
Qualifications and skills required:
  • Urban design qualification
  • Background in a relevant subject, e.g. town planning or architecture.
  • Excellent design skills
  • 5 + years of experience in the urban design field
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite
If you are interested in joining our team, we would love to hear from you. Please send your CV and portfolio to  Gillespies LLP is an equal opportunities employer.