Planning / Urban Design Assistant

DHA Architecture
£23k - £27k depending on experience (ideally 1- 4 years)

DHA Architecture is a very busy practice which specialises in residential developments for major housebuilders and regional housing developers.  We design a wide range of schemes – from prominent town centre developments which demand high quality urban design, to neighbourhood sites where introducing effective urban design principles can bring new life to a community.

The role of the Urban Design Assistant is to assist, support and advise the company’s designers at every stage in the evolution of a scheme:

  • Research into the policy context – local and national – as it pertains to the design of each residential development
  • Neighbourhood characterisation and establishing site parameters to guide the development of the scheme
  • Liaison with the Client to understand their overarching requirements and aspirations
  • Assist with/manage the preparation of pre-application submissions
  • Assist with the evolution of the scheme as it is being prepared for a Planning Application
  • Assist with/manage the preparation of the Design and Access Statement
  • Preparation of other supporting information including Members’ briefing documents/presentations, addendums, materials for public consultation etc

Some elements of the role will be needed from day one:

  • The experience and skills to accurately investigate the local policy and guidance parameters for a prospective site, and to accurately summarise this context for the design team and client
  • Proficient and articulate written communication skills with a good urban design vocabulary
  • Sufficient knowledge of InDesign to progress written documents and to incorporate basic graphics and page layouts

Some elements of the role will develop with guidance and training – to build on the skills and aspirations of the candidate:

  • Development of a more in-depth knowledge of InDesign – this will be expected of any candidate
  • Develop more advanced use of the Adobe suite to create presentation materials and graphics
  • Either – progression of the role with a Planning trend – to include Planning Statements & project co-ordination –
  • Or  – progression of the role with an Urban Design trend – towards taking more responsibility for the design principles for new developments

AutoCAD, SketchUp and 3ds Max are used in the office and some experience using these might be an advantage.

Please submit your CV and any supporting information – portfolio, example of work to chapman@dhaarchitecture.co.uk copying england@dhaarchitecture.co.uk & skilton@dhaarchitecture.co.uk 

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