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What is urban planning? 

Urban planning is the term used to describe the design and development of towns and cities. 

The concept of urban planning is becoming increasingly prevalent around the world as we look for new and improved ways to live. Masdar City, located in Abu Dhabi, is one example of this. 

As the ‘greenprint’ for future cities, it offers the region a template for sustainable urban development. Buildings consume 40% less energy, and power demand is offset by the use of rooftop solar panels and an on-site solar power plant, an impressive feat. 

Are you ready to shape sustainable and innovative urban environments and contribute to a brighter and more efficient future? AtkinsRéalis offers exciting urban planner positions. 

Learn more about what an urban planner does, a typical job description, how to qualify as an urban planner, and what it is like to work as an urban planner at AtkinsRéalis. 

What does an urban planner do: job description 

Urban planners play a vital role in shaping the development and growth of cities and communities. Their responsibilities typically include:

  • Lead the design and development of the urban realm elements of the project - including public spaces, sidewalks, town planning and parks. 
  • Work closely and collaborate with the project team and other stakeholders - ensuring that the urban realm design aligns with the overall project goals and objectives, and to ensure that there is a cohesive and integrated design. Stakeholders include architects and landscape architects. 
  • Meet regulations and provide technical support - ensuring that the urban realm design meets all relevant codes and regulations. Support the project team during construction and ensure that all design specifications are being followed. We put safety at the heart of everything we do, to safeguard people, assets and the environment at AtkinsRéalis. 
  • Prepare and present design proposals and presentations to project stakeholders - including clients and government agencies. 
  • Review and approve design and construction documents produced by other members of the project team. 
  • Oversee the construction process - ensuring that the urban realm design is being properly executed. 

At AtkinsRéalis, we are striving to reduce the impact that our activities have on the environment, society and economy, on a global and local scale. 

This means as an urban planner, you’ll engage with local communities and stakeholders through public meetings and consultations to ensure that the urban plans and development projects align with building vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive communities.

How do you qualify as an urban planner? 

A career in urban planning requires a mix of qualifications, soft and hard skills as this role plays a critical role in ensuring that cities and communities develop in ways that are efficient, sustainable, and in line with the needs and preferences of the people who live in them. 

Here are some requirements needed to qualify for this position: 

  • A professional degree in landscape architecture, urban design, or a related field from an accredited university. 
  • Strong understanding of urban design codes and regulations. 
  • Experience in designing multi-disciplinary urban realm projects, including architecture, public spaces, and park design. 
  • Ability to prepare and present design proposals and presentations. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. 
  • Proficiency in relevant design software and tools, such as AutoCAD, SketchUp, and GIS. 

Explore urban planning careers at AtkinsRéalis in the Middle East

For over 50 years, we’ve been advising, designing, engineering, and managing projects in the Middle East for both the public and private sectors, making a real difference for generations to come.

If you’re looking to develop your career on projects at scale, look no further than AtkinsRéalis Architectue in KSA. We’re combining creative genius with innovation and technology to provide digital solutions for a better planet. 

Explore careers in urban planning with AtkinsRéalis today.