Senior urban designer

Location: London, UK
Added on: 12 Jan 2024, Job offer expires on: 30 Mar 2024

BIG is seeking a senior urban designer with more than eight years of experience to join its London team.

BIG is a group of 700-plus architects, engineers, urbanists, inventors, researchers and business minds from all over the world who are based in studios in New York, Copenhagen, London, Barcelona, Shenzhen and Los Angeles. Our built work ranges from diverse urban playgrounds and Michelin-starred restaurants to affordable housing and a school sitting in the verdant fjords of the Faroe Islands. Our vision spans traveling at supersonic speed with Hyperloop One to living in floating cities that adapt to climatic changes, and eventually, colonising Mars.

While we are led by a group of outstanding partners, directors and associates – a flat hierarchy and collaborative spirit are essential to our ecosystem. We share our collective knowledge and expansive network through study trips and educational workshops – BIG Schools offer in-house lessons, while the BIG Picture brings in industry experts to inspire and invigorate. We are infectiously ambitious and unified by the shared mission to craft the world we want to live in, and to give form to our future, one project at a time.

Since its inception, BIG LON has experienced a continuous growth and we are currently looking for a talented, motivated and ambitious senior urban designer. You will be based in our London office together with 130-plus fantastic BIGsters. You will be responsible for design and technical production on large scale masterplan projects – predominantly in the Middle East, as well as smaller scale masterplans in the UK and EU. You will report to our associate of urban design and the partner team, and work closely with a vibrant multi-disciplinary team of architectural, design and landscape professionals.

Join us on our mission if you are a senior urban designer who has:

  • excellent concept and detail design skills
  • ability to develop design options within a collaborative multidisciplinary design environment
  • experience working on concept and detailed masterplans at various scales
  • experience preparing technical documentation such as urban design guidelines, planning codes, reports, plot sheets and drawings
  • experience with management and coordination of design teams, project stakeholders, local authorities and sub-consultants
  • strong organisational and time-management skills with a proactive approach
  • ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines with a high-quality output, while demonstrating a positive attitude at all times
  • ability to prepare and confidently present compelling masterplan narratives to a diverse client group and public officials
  • a flexible and open attitude towards innovation and new ways of working

Skills and qualifications:

  • a professional degree in architecture, urban design and/or landscape design
  • eight-plus years of relevant work experience in urban planning from a multi-disciplinary design environment – Middle East experience is desirable
  • excellent communication skills, fluent in English – spoken and written (Arabic is a plus)
  • strong ability to work in Rhino and Adobe Suite is essential; Revit, AutoCAD, GIS is desirable

This job description reflects the core activities of the role and is not intended to be either prescriptive or exhaustive; it is issued as a framework to outline the main areas of responsibility at the time of writing. There is a requirement for the post holder to recognise this and adopt a flexible approach to work.


Please upload your CV and portfolio to our website. We will contact you if your profile matches our requirements.

This is a full-time position based out of BIG’s London office. The salary will be subject to experience and qualifications.

Diversity has been part of our DNA since BIG’s foundation. A multitude of cultures and backgrounds creates a new point of reference which leads to amazing insights. At BIG, we value, celebrate and support diversity because it makes our team, work and the built environment better. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and take affirmative action to employ equally regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability or gender identity.

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