Meeting to shape our built environment

Booking Info

Booking now closed

Urban Design Foundations Course

The Urban Design Foundations Course is a series of events that will equip attendees with an understanding of basic urban design principles, concepts and skills. It will give attendees the confidence to assess design and negotiate for better design. The course includes presentations from leading practitioners and practical group work sessions, along with resources for further learning. 

The course has been created specifically for local authority planning officers but will be of interest to anyone looking to upskill in design. It comprises a full day in-person design skills session and 6 online events from September – December 2022.

On completion of the course, attendees will receive a certificate.

What you will learn
By the end of the course, attendees will:

  • Understand the fundamentals of urban design concepts and terminology.
  • Understand the principles of masterplanning, context-specific design and sustainable design principles.
  • Understand and practice how to analyse a site and design spatial solutions using urban design techniques.
  • Feel more confident engaging and negotiating with other professionals in conversations about urban design.
  • Feel better able to assess design in planning applications.
The course will take place from September to December 2022 and comprise five online learning events and one in-person urban design skills session.

Each event includes practical, interactive sessions to put ideas into practice. Attendees will be given resources and short assignments to complete between events (don’t worry, nothing too time consuming!).

Below are the events that make up the course. More information is provided for each of these here:

  • Urban Design School Day 1 (Online): Introduction to Urban Design
  • Urban Design School Day 2 (In-Person): Urban Design Skills
  • Online Masterclass: Sustainable and Low Carbon Design Principles
  • Online Masterclass: Small Sites Intensification
  • Online Masterclass: Masterplanning Large Sites
  • Online Masterclass: Viability and the Development Process Demystified
  • Online Event: Urban Design Foundations Course Wrap Up

Please only register via this page if you are committed to attending every event and completing the assignments. If you just want to attend specific events, you can register via the individual event pages.

For Kent Design Members, a fee of £200+VAT per person applies to attend the course. This will be invoiced following registration. However, Kent Design members can also attend individual events for free – see here for details of these events:

Non-members can attend the entire course for £550+VAT or only the online sessions for £400+VAT. Register using the link to the right. If you prefer to be invoiced, just email us.

All events