Associate Urban Designer with Middle East Experience - London, UK

Gillespies is a leading landscape design and masterplanning practice with an outstanding reputation for delivering responsibly-designed, transformative and award-winning spaces that add real value to people's lives. We work with forward-thinking clients on pioneering projects that push the boundaries in creativity, innovation and sustainability and an exciting national and international portfolio of projects. The pandemic has strengthened the importance of delivering well-designed healthy spaces that are inclusive for all. Gillespies is leading a new nature led urbanism, and we are looking for passionate and highly talented designers to help us redefine the landscapes of our time.

We are looking for an Associate Urban Designer with Middle Eastern experience to help oversee our expanding Urban Design team, in our London studio (currently working remotely). The Associate Urban Designer will underpin our recent expansion, manage our growing team, deliver current projects, and build upon our portfolio with new work.

The Role:

This role will report to and support the Head of Masterplanning and Urbanism, who heads up a team of Urban Designers of various levels, and therefore you should demonstrate inspirational leadership and mentoring abilities.

Gillespies’ Urban Design team has a strong focus on multidisciplinary practices and undertakes a variety of projects internationally and nationally, from new cities to public realms. We think strategically in the context of international city making trends, and employ our design skills towards the creation of people-oriented places.

You should be passionate about urban design, masterplanning and city-making, and love the wonderful complexity of design challenges it presents. You will be required to be at ease with all elements of masterplanning – from collaboration with socio-economic consultants to delivering detailed masterplans and design codes.

Ideally, you will be available immediately and will have a mix of experience working on UK and Middle Eastern masterplanning projects.

Key aspects of the role of Associate Urban Designer:

  • Take lead in assigned urban design related and multi-disciplinary projects covering urban regeneration projects, development master plans, new cities, regional plans and urban strategies
  • Drive business development for the Urban Design unit and broaden the client base
  • Prepare project budgets, monitor costs and deliver projects within a set budget
  • Liaise with clients and community stakeholders
  • Propose design-led options/solutions to problems
  • Produce high-quality bids and successful tender presentations

The ideal candidate would demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Self-starter - able to work independently
  • Aptitude for business development and winning new work
  • Willing to take risks
  • Independent proposal writing
  • Confidence to take a lead on projects independently and undertake design meetings
  • Project management, including consultant team management and client management
  • Ability to design independently and understand the full complexities of urban design, e.g. transport, economics and design codes.
  • Team leader - organise the work of junior team members and lead projects, internally
  • Ability to present and report clearly
  • Presence and authority
  • Ability to manage programs, contracts and deliverables
  • Awareness of contemporary urban discourse, with the ability to apply it to projects, as appropriate
  • Ability to negotiate all scales: from regional plans to interface with built form and landscape
  • Experience working on UK projects would be an advantage

Qualifications and skills required:

  • Urban design or Architecture Degree
  • Background in a relevant subject, e.g. town planning or architecture
  • Excellent design skills
  • Extensive experience in the field of urban design
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite

Essential Behaviours

  • Leader
  • Inspirational
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Resilient
  • Creative thinker
  • Problem solver
  • Interested in learning
  • Enthusiastic and driven
  • Passionate
  • Self-motivated

Join a talented team

Gillespies is passionate about design and dedicated to making a positive impact on the built environment. We offer great opportunities to develop your design skills and professional knowledge, within a supportive and stimulating work environment. Our studios are creative and sociable, with an international team of talented designers.

Our offer:

  • A competitive salary with a range of benefits
  • A ‘flexi-hours’ scheme to allow for a healthy work-life balance.
  • 2 days a week working from home for full-time staff or 1 day a week for part-time staff.

Note: Due to the current pandemic, our teams generally work remotely from home, but our Studios remain open for those who can't work from home.

To Apply:

If you are interested in joining our team, we would love to hear from you. Please send your CV and portfolio (max 10MB) to

References will be required after interview.

Gillespies LLP is an equal opportunities employer. We regret that we can only respond to successful applications.