Principal Urban Designer

Location Dubai
Discipline: Urbanism, Architecture & Interior Design
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £Excellent package and benefits
Contact name: Liam Maguire

Contact email:
Job ref: 34426_1717753735
Published: 17 days ago
Startdate: ASAP

My client a globally recognized, award-winning multi-disciplinary consultancy known for its innovative and sustainable design solutions across architecture, urban design, engineering, and interiors in Dubai requires a highly experienced and creative Principal Urban Designer to join their dynamic team and lead the design vision for a diverse range of urban projects.

About the Role

In this pivotal role, you will play a key leadership position within their Dubai practice. You will provide strategic design direction, manage complex projects, and mentor junior staff. You will collaborate closely with architects, engineers, and other disciplines to ensure seamless integration of urban design principles across all project phases.


  • Lead the design vision for a variety of urban projects in the Middle East region, ensuring they are innovative, sustainable, and meet the highest design standards.
  • Manage and oversee the full design lifecycle of complex urban design projects, from initial concept development to construction documents.
  • Foster a collaborative and creative design environment within the team.
  • Mentor and develop junior staff, providing guidance and expertise in urban design principles.
  • Develop and maintain strong client relationships, effectively presenting design proposals and managing expectations.
  • Stay abreast of current trends and best practices in urban design, sustainability, and regional planning regulations.
  • Contribute to the development of successful proposals for new urban design projects.
  • Liaise effectively with government agencies, stakeholders, and communities throughout the design process.
  • Uphold the company's commitment to sustainable design principles, with a working knowledge of LEED, BREEAM, or Estimada certification systems (desirable).


  • Minimum 15 years of experience in urban design, with at least 5 years demonstrably working in the GCC region.
  • Master's degree in Architecture, Urban Design, or a closely related field.
  • Proven track record of leading and delivering complex urban design projects on time and within budget.
  • Strong understanding of urban design principles, including master planning, public realm design, and placemaking.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team, fostering a collaborative and positive work environment.
  • Proficiency in relevant design software (e.g., AutoCAD, SketchUp, GIS).
  • Fluency in English and Arabic language skills (a strong plus).
  • A passion for sustainable design and a working knowledge of LEED, BREEAM, or Estimada certification systems (desirable).