Urban Designer opportunities in Kingston upon Thames

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames are looking for Urban Designers to join their growing regeneration team. This is an exciting opportunity to work within a unique and ambitious forward thinking London Borough. The team are particularly interested to hear from individuals with a keen interest in heritage-led regeneration – integrating future growth, whilst preserving and enhancing the unique qualities that make the borough special.

The role requires providing professional design services across the council, leading the design and successful delivery of the public realm improvement schemes, providing design advice as part of the development management process and contributing to the development of a new Local Plan and other policy documents along with assisting with team management and the running of their Design Review Panel.

Closing date for applications: 17th March 2019

Use the link below to find out more about the role and benefits:

Urban Designer vacancies at The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames


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Guildford councillors get ‘bite-sized’ training

As an introduction to the new Councillor’s Companion for Design in Planning, DSE delivered a ‘Bite-sized Training’ event for Guildford Borough councillors on ‘Achieving Well-designed Places’, to support elected members in assessing the quality of design of developments coming forwards across the borough. The Guide is produced by the Design Network, a network of eight not-for-profit organisations – including DSE – which promote better, more sustainable place-making and has been funded by an MHCLG Planning Delivery Funding grant.

The training explained design as a process rather than a product, encouraging proactive, creative input from councillors instead of judgement and control and explaining the elevated status of design in the new NPPF. The characteristics of successful places were explored and the aspects of development form which are set out in a planning application, those physical elements that together shape a place and on which its success depends – layout, scale, density, materials and detail – were illustrated through exemplar case studies.

Feedback from the council was that ‘it was a great session and one of the best they have had in a long time’. If you are interested in DSE delivering similar training for councillors, please contact David Tittle, Head of Design Advice at DSE at david@designsoutheast.org.

Suffolk Design Study Tour to Norwich & King’s Lynn


On Wednesday 20th February the Suffolk Design team, along with a mixed group from Suffolk local authorities, other Suffolk groups, and local architects, embarked on the second one-day study tour, this time visiting developments in Norwich and King's … [Continue reading]

DSE appoints Sutton Panel

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Design South East has been selected by the London Borough of Sutton to set up and manage their design review panel, a sign of the Borough’s commitment to achieving high-quality design. Like so many Outer London areas, Sutton is under significant … [Continue reading]

The Suffolk Design team braves the cold for the first of three study tours

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On Friday 1st February 2019 our Suffolk Design team along with a group of around 16 Councillors and Officers from all Suffolk local authorities, + other Suffolk groups braved the chilly weather for the first of three new Suffolk Design Study … [Continue reading]

Specialists needed to join our expert panel


Design South East is seeking additional expert panel members to reinforce our expertise in specific areas. Members of our expert panel sit on our design review panels as well as helping us with surgeries, workshops, charrettes and training. An … [Continue reading]

Kent Design masterclass: Heritage; Beyond ‘in-keeping’ – tour & talks


On Monday 8th October, Ana Moldavsky, Associate at Walters+Cohen Architects lead a large group comprising of Kent local authority officers and members, + built environment professionals from the private sector around Kingsdown House, The King's … [Continue reading]

DSE in partnership to deliver Suffolk Design initiative

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DSE is part of the team which has won the contract to deliver Suffolk Design, a joint initiative by all Suffolk’s local authorities to raise their game on design quality in the built environment.  We will be working in a new partnership with … [Continue reading]

Study tour for local authority officers & councillors

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With an increasing need to build at higher densities in Brighton and Hove, DSE organised a tour for Brighton & Hove City Council officers and councillors to look at precedent schemes in London. This tour looked at a variety of schemes from estate … [Continue reading]

Design Quality Conference delivers a powerful message

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Design Quality Conference delivers powerful message but will the new NPPF follow through? A powerful message emerged from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s ‘Design Quality Conference’ held in London at the end of April … [Continue reading]