Urban Design

With years of specialist recruitment experience and a passion for providing honest and efficient service to our clients and candidates alike, Ignis Partners have grown to become one of the leading Urban Design Recruitment Agencies in the UK.

Our clients include a range of planning, landscape and architectural design studios through to multi-disciplinary companies with impressive portfolios of both UK and International projects.

Roles within Urban Design

We recruit for a wide range of positions and job titles within Urban Design, including:

  • Graduate Urban Designer

  • Junior Urban Designer

  • Assistant Urban Designer

  • Senior Urban Designer

  • Head of Urban Design

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Senior Urban Designer
United Kingdom
£45,000 - £55,000

Rare opportunity with this global architecture & design practice, working on both UK and International Projects.

Hybrid working offered
Remote working offered

The Client:

Join a globally recognised architecture firm with a strong presence in the UK, Europe, and the US,offering an unparalleled opportunity to be part of an award-winning international design team committed to sustainable excellence. The London office, known as a leader in professional design services, specialises incorporate interiors, strategic workplace consultancy, new build architecture, urban design, planning development, and hospitality.

With hundreds of annual award-winning projects, our client ranks among the top global design firms,boasting 2,500 employees across 24 offices worldwide. Renowned for sustainable innovation and expertise, they are industry leaders in research and design tools.

Enjoy a host of enticing benefits, including two days of remote work per week, alongside life insurance,health insurance, income protection, travel insurance, professional development opportunities, wellness initiatives, specialist training, tech schemes, and more.

Main responsibilities:

Preferred candidates typically possess 7-10 years of experience, with a proven track record in managing complex planning projects from inception to successful completion, particularly within the EMEA region.


  • Conduct thorough research, analysis, and assessments to drive strategic planning decisions.
  • Analyze sites, programs, regulations, and policies using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Execute advanced development calculations adhering to specified standards and proposed controls.
  • Coordinate sub-consultant activities and oversee project deliverables independently.
  • Ensure quality assurance and quality control of project documents.
  • Prepare and submit comprehensive planning applications, reports, and appeals.
  • Liaise with local governments, public officials, and stakeholders throughout the planning process.
  • Participate in client and public discussions and presentations, demonstrating teamwork and initiative.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to junior team members.
  • Stay updated on evolving planning regulations, policies, and urban development trends in the UK.     

Qualifications and Skills:

  • In-depth understanding of planning legislation,policies, and procedures, with a successful track record in planning approvals and project delivery.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities to address complex planning issues effectively.  

Software Proficiency:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and standard GIS packages.
  • Functional knowledge of analytical tools such as ArcGIS and presentation tools like InDesign/PowerPoint.
  • Desirable expertise in Adobe Suite (Illustrator,Photoshop) and familiarity with CAD or Rhino Design software.     

Education and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in urban design, landscape architecture, geography, or related discipline required.
  • MRTPI / MRICS qualification with relevant PQE experience in planning/development.
  • Desirable: Sustainability accreditation or professional accreditation aligned with the company's sustainability framework within 6 months of hire.     

Graduate Town Planner / Town Planning Technician
South East
United Kingdom
£18,000 - £22,000

Award-winning Planning and Architecture practice with a rich history spanning over 30 years

Hybrid working offered
Remote working offered


Our client is an established, award-winning Planning and Architecture practice with a rich history spanning over 30 years. They are committed to designing high-quality buildings and spaces that enhance the built environment. Their diverse portfolio of projects includes everything from householder extensions to residential redevelopment, refurbishments, and conversions, changes of use, commercial development, educational facilities, leisure spaces, and masterplanning.


Position Overview:

They are currently seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic Graduate Town Planner / Town Planning Technician to join their dynamic team. You will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of exciting projects and gain invaluable experience in the field of town planning and urban development.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with experienced planners, planning technicians, architects, and architectural technicians on various projects.
  • Assist in the preparation of planning applications, appeals, and reports, including the drafting of formal reports, design & access statements, and planning related correspondence.
  • Conduct research on planning policies and regulations as well as completing Development Appraisal Checklists
  • Attend site visits and client meetings.
  • Stay updated with the latest developments in planning policy at a national, regional, and local level.  


What Our Client Offers:

  • A supportive and collaborative team of qualified professionals.
  • Excellent opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • A track record of a 100% success rate in helping team members achieve professional qualifications.
  • Exposure to a diverse range of projects, from residential to commercial to masterplanning.
  • A welcoming and inclusive work environment.
  • Competitive compensation and benefits.


Qualifications & Experience:

  • A degree in Town Planning or a related field (e.g. Geography) is desirable, although graduates from other fields will also be considered.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Research and analytical abilities.
  • Enthusiasm for the field of town planning and urban development.
  • The ability to work well in a team and independently.
  • Knowledge of planning policies and regulations is a plus, but not essential.


Urban Designer
North West
United Kingdom
£27,500 - £30,000

Opportunity to join an award winning, AJ100 listed architectural practice where you will be working on range of exciting projects.

Hybrid working offered
Remote working offered

Wonderful opportunity for Diploma or post graduate qualified Urban Designer to work for an established and award winning Architecture firm with an exceptional reputation, projects and staff retention.  

The practice is looking for talented Urban Designer to help run small projects or work within a project team on larger urban design projects.

You will be expected to establish and document project requirements clearly whilst managing work a of urban design assistants.

The role:

  • Mentor and advise urban design assistants
  • Develop good relationships with clients and external consultants
  • Coordinate design work as necessary
  • Produce accurate design and technical drawings
  • Maintain clients awareness of QM processesincluding project qualify plans
  • Attend and contribute to studio meetings andpractice wide meetings
  • Assist with urban design bids and submissions    

This role would suit ambitious Urban designer who is happyto manage and mentor junior team members and become integral part of thepractice.

In return there is hybrid working, benefits and great company culture.