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AECOM Urban Designer - Associate Director in London, United Kingdom

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

As an Associate Director of Urban Design is requirement for this super friendly team, with a relevant urban design qualification , you will support senior urban design and planning staff in the production of masterplans, urban design guidance, planning strategies, design & access statements and capacity studies relating to strategic planning and urban design commissions for public and private sector clients.

You will have experience working on residential, mixed-use and regeneration masterplanning in a UK context. You will work closely with planning colleagues, so an appreciation of the UK planning system would be an advantage. With a strong appreciation of the links between people, place, the environment and the economy, you will work as an integral member of multi-disciplinary on interesting assignments of all sizes, from neighbourhood plans, through large-scale residential-led masterplanning to regional and national strategies.

Current projects include:

  • Sub-regional and city-scale strategic masterplanning;

  • Large residential-led urban extensions;

  • Town centre regeneration strategies;

  • Regeneration and community led-masterplanning, and

  • Commercial/industrial site and strategic portfolio planning in the UK and internationally.

Responsibilities and Competencies

This is an important, senior level position within the team. An Associate Director of Urban Design who is responsible for projects and specified tasks on larger projects and has responsibility for mentoring and developing junior colleagues.

Technical Abilities

  • Regularly undertake key tasks in a timely manner with minimal oversight;

  • Plan complex project tasks;

  • Explain complex processes and requirements clearly to the team;

  • Co-ordinate complex project tasks and deliverables, including inputs and outputs by other disciplines;

  • Structure and write reports in a clear, logical and concise manner, and

  • Structure, prepare and deliver progress updates or issue-based presentations.

Commercial Competencies

  • Contribute towards the development of proposals, resource estimates, schedules and budgets;

  • Leading and mentoring colleagues

  • Ability to work to set programmes and milestones;

  • Understand and monitor project budgets;

  • Understand and identify requirements, and

  • Understand and identify project risks and appropriate mitigation measures.

Professional Attitudes

  • Pro-actively communicate clearly within a project team, engaging with senior and junior colleagues;

  • Provides mentoring for junior colleagues;

  • Identify, attract and manage outstanding design talent through promotion of teamwork, maintaining positive morale and instilling a creative culture within the practice;

  • Communicates clearly, respectfully and confidently with clients, and

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the importance of Quality Assurance Processes and contribute to those processes.


  • Competence in AutoCad, Revit, Rhino, Adobe CC and Sketch‐Up, as well as Microsoft Office suite;

  • The ability to work in a consultancy environment, with a attention to detail, excellent organisational skills and ability to work independently and show initiative;

  • The ability to work with senior colleagues as a key member of a multi‐disciplinary team and lead task-level or smaller project teams independently

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential.


A first degree in architecture/landscape architecture or town planning and a postgraduate qualification in urban design

Additional Information

Applications: To apply in confidence for the post of, please forward your CV and an up-to-date portfolio with your application.

You must have the right to work in the UK & Ireland. those requiring sponsorship will no be considered due to the time constraints of this requirement.


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: J10099747

Business Line: B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Design

Work Location Model: Hybrid