Join the Urban Design Group

The Urban Design Group is a dynamic campaigning membership organisation which, since its foundation in 1978  has played a major role in putting urban design on the professional and political agendas, helping to transform the quality of both exisiting and new urban development.

Our members come from a diverse range of backgrounds including urban design, architecture, engineering, landscape, regeneration, planning, community services and academia - in short, all those committed to improving the quality of life in urban areas through excellence in urban design. The UDG works to provide a network of support and encouragement and a forum for the exchange of ideas between these varied groups.

Professionals with a suitable balance of education and experience can apply to become a Recognised Practitioner in Urban Design. The distinction provides a wide range of professionals with a valued affiliation (in many cases an additional one), proclaiming their commitment to and experience of urban design.

Annual Membership

All members benefit from reduced rates to UDG events, study tours and the annual National Urban Design Conference.

To your inbox: Urban Update our periodic email newsletter, including the latest news, research, events and jobs. 

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Membership Type Information

£55 / £35


Membership is open to anyone with an interest in urban design.

Concession rate applies to UK students and can be claimed for a maximum of three years.

Recognised Practioner


See here for details of application and assessment process

£275 / £495


  • Small Practice up to 5 professionals / Large Practice for 6 professionals or more
  • Small Practice receive 2 copies of the URBAN DESIGN journal
  • Large Practice receive 5 copies of the URBAN DESIGN journal
  • Index listing in the URBAN DESIGN journal
  • Listing in next edition of the Urban Design Directory
  • Login for self-managed profile on the Urban Design Directory online 
  • 50% discount on recruitment advertising on the UDG jobs board
  • Use of UDG Practice logo

Public Sector


  • 2 copies of the URBAN DESIGN journal
  • 50% discount on recruitment advertising on the UDG jobs board
  • UDG member rate admission at events for urban design staff
  • Membership lasts 3 years for UK based Public Sector organisations
  • Membership lasts 1 year for International Public Sector organisations



  • 2 copies of the URBAN DESIGN journal
  • Batch of journals for distribution to students once a year
  • Index listing in the URBAN DESIGN journal
  • Self-managed profile on the UDG Directory online
  • 50% discount on recruitment advertising on the UDG jobs board

£90 / £110


  • UK / International
  • Delivery of quarterly hard copy of the URBAN DESIGN journal

How to Join / How to Pay

Download and complete the relevant application form and return to

Corporate Membership for non-practices and Partnership Packages are also available - please contact the UDG office direct for details.

Pay your membership:

  • Debit or Credit Card via PayPal here
  • Direct Debit here
  • By cheque made payable to Urban Design Group
  • Companies can request to pay by invoice

Now enjoy the benefits of membership!

Don't forget to visit UrbanNous - an excellent online archive featuring a number of UDG events, conferences and lectures.

If you have any queries or problems, please do get in touch with us:

Urban Design Group, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ  020 7250 0892