National Urban Design Conference

The National Urban Design Conference explores the crucial importance of multi-disciplinary working in the built environment; how the various players - urban designers, architects, planners, engineers, IT specialists, politicians and communities - can all work together effectively to create a better place to live. 

As a charity, the UDG runs the National Urban Design Conference to make a difference rather than a profit. Thanks to ongoing and generous support from our sponsors we are able to keep keep ticket prices affordable with deep subsidies for local authorities, enabling the widest possible attendance. Everyone is welcome!

Past National Urban Design Conferences

Urban Design Group Events National Urban Design Conference 2023
Thursday 12 October 2023
Rethinking Place
Urban Design Group Events The Fifteen Minute City
Wednesday 16 September 2020
The first ever  UDG + AoU  joint on-line symposium. Is the Fifteen Minute City a welcome or effective way to organise urban life? An urban quarter in a quarter of an hour? Could it draw investment, services and power back into local communities? Or does it misjudge the nature of...
Urban Design Group Events Conference Masterclass - Big Ideas Love Fat Pens
Friday 27 September 2019
Bring your big ideas and your fat pens and we will explore the art of hand drawing which is somewhat lost in today's world of CAD! The workshop will focus on the fast-paced designing of an area of Birmingham; we will have a go at creating mental maps and learn how to communicate clearly through...
Urban Design Group Events National Urban Design Conference 2019
Friday 27 September 2019
Making People Friendly Places. A massive thank you to our 20 conference speakers, 220 delegates, all our sponsors and to everyone else who helped to make this one of our most successful Conferences yet!
Urban Design Group Events Conference Walks
Friday 27 September 2019
In fine Conference traditition, a series of walks exploring the delights of Birmingham! Accompanied walks with Joe Holyoak and Mark Kelly along with free walking guide to Birmingham, courtesy of Savills.
Urban Design Group Events Urban DesignFest
Thursday 26 September 2019
Urban DesignFest, our traditional warm up to Conference is always an informal evening designed to inspire, create sparks, entertain - and it certainly delivered the goods this year! A fun and fast moving event with presentations offering solutions to current problems; visionary and potentially...
UDG Event
Thursday 26 September 2019
Urban Design Group Events Design Quality Summit
Thursday 26 September 2019
This afternoon workshop will begin with presentations on current leading Design Guidance, Codes and Assessment Systems; followed by workshop discussion on their effectiveness and impact, concluding with the steps that need to be undertaken to improve design quality.
Urban Design Group Events National Urban Design Conference 2018
Thursday 20 September 2018
Expanding Towns and Smaller Cities Guildhall Winchester 20-21-22 September
UDG Event
Thursday 7 September 2017
Over 70 speakers Latest Research and Best Practice Leading Academics and Pracititioners
UDG Event
Thursday 6 October 2016
Book nowto secure your place - discounts available for members of UDG, RICS, RTPI, RIBA, RSA, AoU, ICE, LI
UDG Event
Friday 22 October 2010
  21-23 October 2010 Location: Leeds Metropolitan University