The Urban Designer will provide technical and professional leadership in the execution of master planning projects in UAE and the wider region, with a particular expertise in creative concept and detailed master planning. The candidate would play a key role in the development of the Atkins’ master planning business in the UAE and the wider GCC region. This individual will also support the UAE team in business development initiatives, bid preparation and marketing.
To be a member of the Master Planning team in the UAE and provide urban planning and master planning design services to external and internal clients as part of the Atkins’ Middle East master planning team. To be involved in strategic planning studies, urban master planning and urban design and public realm projects in the Middle East and Africa.
Responsible for the production of drawings (presentation and working drawings), the correctness and ‘absolute accuracy’ of their work, quality, layout and notes by checking oneself before review by the Senior Urban Designer.
To lead an urban design production team proactively under the guidance of an Associate / Senior Urban Designer, and to coordinate with other internal and external disciplines
Proactively interface with Statutory Authorities and develop knowledge of codes, regulations and submission requirements.
To aim for excellence in design quality and documentation, and match or better Atkins QA standards and show commitment to raising Atkins design standards
To keep abreast of the latest software enhancements to increase productivity and to share this knowledge with ones colleagues.
To express the will to improve their skills in design by looking for opportunities to further prove themselves where they see such opportunities arise, and regularly discuss their training program with the HOD to ensure that they are widening their knowledge base
Will be required to travel within the Middle East region to projects in a variety of geographical locations, including Saudi Arabia
Support in the preparation of technical and fee proposals for master planning and urban design projects and other major projects where appropriate
Developing and maintaining relationships with clients, attending meetings, workshops and seminars
Degree or postgraduate qualification in urban planning or urban design;
Minimum 4 years’ experience in master planning and urban design projects;
Preferable to have relevant experience in the GCC and an understanding of the cultural norms, urban morphology, housing typologies, and/or appropriate design standards in the Emirate and the region and requirements of the region
Sound knowledge of all necessary software programmes including as a minimum CAD, Adobe Design Suites, Sketch up and MS Office. Additionally, a good understanding of GIS and Revit capability is preferable. Knowledge of other necessary software programmes including GIS, CAD, SketchUp, 3D Max etc
Must have excellent interpersonal skills, be a team player and have a customer focus;
Must have excellent graphic and oral expression capability and be very comfortable with the core of his/her skill set in urban planning and design;
Ability to solve problems by thinking laterally and able to understand the needs and requirements of clients to provide planning and design solutions in a rapidly developing country;
Must be able to work in a large, multidisciplinary, multicultural team and manage challenging multicultural client relationships across a range of geographies;
Must also be a self-starter who can work without direct supervision from senior management and/or peers;
Able to be flexible and adapt to working in a demanding Middle East environment including the need to travel when required.