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AECOM Senior Urban Designer in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of nearly 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

Join AECOM's Urbanism & Planning team and shape the cities of tomorrow! AECOM is looking for visionary Senior Urban Design experts to lead transformative projects, drive sustainable development and create resilient urban landscapes. Passionate about crafting innovative solutions for our ever-evolving cities? Then we want to hear from you! Elevate your career with AECOM - Apply now and be a driving force in shaping the future of urban living.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develops design plans in response to technical problems posed by a project’s scope.

  • Develops innovative solutions to problems that effectively address the social, legal, and economic implications of the physical form.

  • Provide project or task management to develop urban design and planning concepts and translate them into clear and compelling graphic images.

  • Independently evaluate, select, and apply standard urban design techniques, procedures, and criteria, using judgment in making minor adaptations and modifications on projects.

  • Responsible for creating urban design projects for company clients.

  • Ensure timely delivery of quality designs by using creativity & artistic talent, good organizational, through the application of oral, graphic and written communication skills.

  • Prepare conceptual master planning/urban design for internal valuation processes.

  • Prepare design briefs, scope of work, RFP documents for master planning consultants.

  • Review and ensure compliance of master plans with all applicable quality norms.

  • Work closely and effectively with the Development Department and other divisions within Design Department to ensure that developed master plans are both financially and technically feasible.

  • Manage support staff in the production of internal master plans/urban designs.

  • Promote AECOM’s initiatives in sustainable development through community planning, green buildings and the public realm.

  • Onsite design modifications and implementation of additional clients’ requests

  • Prepare Maps and Data Analytics for Master Plan Performance

  • Structure teams for urban design projects with clear understanding of projects roles and responsibilities.

  • Communicate with peers and ensure knowledge share is happening across the various studios and teams around lessons learnt.

  • Orient, integrate, guide and mentor new urban design recruits and provide them with access to the relevant sample material and projects.

  • Identify relevant market research objectives and topics in line with project briefs and internal thought leadership.

  • Review and derive necessary information for projects before use and discussions with clients.

  • Read, qualify, quantify and graphically represent urban design standards applicable to projects and apply the same into design tasks.

  • Determine the correct source of planning and urban design regulatory guidelines per region or authority and present to senior urban designers and peers key findings

  • Drive and conduct site opportunity and constraints studies for project and proposals to be presented to the client and internally.

  • Clearly demonstrate a knowledge of urban design principles with ability to translate vision frameworks established by senior staff into principles and objectives.

  • Manage teams to prepare urban design projects deliverables and applicable planning authorities’ requirements and coordinate with various disciplines technical input and output into a project or a proposal.


Minimum 6 years’ experience required, will have proven leadership of an urban design team and experience of collaboration with clients, design and engineering disciplines on high profile international urban development projects. The candidate will deliver distinctive and unique urban design / master planning / landscaping concepts in line with AECOM’s vision.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Urban Design or Urban Planning

  • Master’s degree in Urban Design would be advantageous

  • Expertise in Adobe Design Collection, and AutoCAD.

  • Strong portfolio of built work which demonstrates excellent technical capabilities.

  • Experience working on large-scale international projects.

  • Previous experience successfully managing small teams.

  • Excellent design, visualization, and graphic skills.

Additional Information


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10092385

Business Line: U&P

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: ME and Africa

Career Area: Design

Work Location Model: Hybrid