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Urban Design School: Urban Design Principles, Skills and Processes

Learn how to deliver well-designed places through best-practice urban design principles, skills and processes.

This full day event is for built environment practitioners who want to refresh their urban design skills and knowledge. The training event will feature presentations from expert urban designers and interactive practical sessions to sharpen your design skills. The Urban Design School aims to provide useful skills and knowledge for those working in the fields of planning, architecture and development.

The morning session will feature presentations on best practice urban design principles and processes, and an exploration of case studies showcasing good and bad design. In the afternoon, we will visit and analyse a nearby development site before returning to the venue for a group design session. It will be delivered by experienced members of the Design South East team, alongside guest speaker Hugo Nowell, Director at Urban Initiatives Studio.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles of best practice urban design
  • Recognise the design and planning processes that result in well-designed places
  • Explore practical skills in urban design analysis and masterplanning
  • Feel more confident assessing design and negotiating with other design professionals


Speakers & Facilitators

Hugo Nowell, Director, Urban Initiatives Studio
Helen Goodwin, Head of Programmes, Design South East
Ross O’Ceallaigh, Programme Manager, Design South East


Key Details

  • Date: Tuesday 19 September 2023
  • Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Location: The Woodville, Civic Centre, Gravesend, DA12 1DD

Booking details

Kent Design member organisations: This event is included in your membership package. Ask us for a members booking code / check with your Key Contact prior to booking online.

Non-Kent Design members: There are a limited number of places available to non-members. The cost of individual places is £150 + Vat pp.


Register by Tuesday 12 September! 


The following organisations will be attending:

Ashford Borough Council / Barratt David Wilson Homes / CALA Homes / Clague Architects / Corstorphine + Wright Architects / Country House Homes Ltd / Dartford Borough Council / EDLA Ltd / Hazle McCormack Young LLP /  Hume Planning Consultancy Ltd  / Kember Loudon Williams / Maidstone Borough Council / Medway Council / Planning Potential Ltd / Redrow Homes / Rother District Council / Sevenoaks District Council / Stantec / Swale Borough Council / Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council

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