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When you hear the news, do you long for different outcomes? Do you think the climate emergency and biodiversity loss are today’s most pressing issues? Do you think most new UK housing developments lack personality and a sense of place? Do you want communities to have more of a say in shaping where they live? Do you have ideas for making the world a better place? 

We do, too. 

We are a hopeful, ambitious and 100% employee-owned practice made up of designers and planners, dreamers and doers. We have one single purpose that has held good for more than 40 years: to make great places and shape the world around us for the better. We always want to do more. 

We believe in the power and brilliance of the collective, and in solving problems through new and creative thinking. Ours is a design culture which values rigour and delivery as much as innovation and imagination. We are looking for leaders who care deeply about helping others to succeed. 

Join us now and you’ll be arriving as we move forward as an employee-owned practice, confident that we are making a difference. What you will find is a friendly and supportive team shaped by our values, where your ability to thrive will be our priority. Find out more about what employee ownership means to us here

We work as one team from eight studios around the UK, in London, Bristol, Cambridge, Exeter, Glasgow, Manchester, Oxford and Peterborough. Each studio has its own personality formed by the people and place. All are great spaces within which to learn and develop.

Our people make us special and we know it. We offer excellent remuneration but understand there’s more to a great place to work than the salary. We have a strong benefits package, and are flexible about where you work and hours of work. Lots of our team (around 20 per cent) have flexible contracts. We show our love in many ways from support in gaining professional qualifications to sabbaticals to an enhanced pension scheme. Our maternity, paternity and shared parental leave all provide the same company pay.

Interested? Then, read on. You might be exactly who we are looking for.

We are looking for a new member of the team who loves document management, BIM protocol, naming conventions and Electronic Document Management programmes, including any or all of the following: Aconex, 4Projects, Conject and BIM 360. You should have proven experience working as a document controller or undertaking a similar role. Previous experience of working within a design practice would be desirable, but not essential. You should have excellent knowledge of Excel and AutoCad (or similar) to support the design team in production and preparation of technical packages. Knowledge or experience of the Adobe suite of packages would be beneficial.

We are looking for someone with incredible attention to detail, able to prioritise their workload and work effectively in a team with exceptional communication and organisational skills. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to develop information management and streamline production outputs within the studio and across our practice more generally.

LDA Design makes great places and helps to shape the world around us for the better. Our focus is on connecting people and place through understanding of context and landscape and this thread runs through all of our services. Our award-winning team is working on some of the UK’s most important projects, from major infrastructure to much-needed urban regeneration, and lots in between.

You would join a highly successful team within a business which is proudly employee owned.  We can offer a diverse portfolio of projects and great opportunities for professional and career development within a highly collaborative studio environment and other benefits employee ownership brings.

This is a full -time post. However, please talk to us if you would like to work flexibly and we will also consider a part-time arrangement.

Interested?  Then please email your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do to: anne.south@lda-design.co.uk 

We opened our Manchester studio three years ago, placing ourselves at the heart of one of the most exciting and fastest growing cities in Europe. Our team has grown from strength to strength and is now playing a pivotal role in key regeneration, public realm and masterplanning projects in the north of England – including a public realm strategy and the award-winning Baltic Triangle SRF in Liverpool, Manchester’s Cutting Room Square and the transformation of Newcastle City Centre. It’s a great time to be joining our friendly, creative and collaborative studio.

We are now looking for a talented and experienced urban designer with a minimum of 5 years’ experience to lead on masterplanning, regeneration and public realm projects. Whilst we are looking for proven experience in the industry, the number of years you have worked is less important to us than your skills and a creative and enthusiastic outlook.

In this role you would play a major part in the development of our Manchester studio. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with a background in architecture or landscape architecture, but most importantly with strong design skills, energy and enthusiasm for their work.

Whilst we’re looking for someone to be based from Manchester, our one business model means we work as one team from eight studios around the UK. So, you might be working on our international projects such as the urban vision for Oktyabrsky Island in Kaliningrad or masterplanning new settlements and reimagining town centres and high streets across the UK.

We are looking for:

  • Strong conceptual landscape and masterplanning design skills
  • Experience in the development of regeneration frameworks and masterplanning at various scales (residential and mixed use), is desirable
  • Excellent verbal and visual communication skills, including experience of community engagement and detailed stakeholder consultation
  • Experience of working with clients and multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience in leading projects, including the management of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience of engagement and collaborative working on design projects
  • A sound understanding of planning requirements and a good experience with all RIBA stages
  • Experience of project running, team leading, and consultant liaison
  • Experience in business development, fee proposals and responding to tenders is desirable
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Suite and AutoCAD, as well as other design packages

If you are interested, please email your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do and a portfolio showcasing some of your best work and the approach you take to design (5MB max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk 

If you would like to find out more and discuss the roles available, please contact Mark Graham, our Manchester studio lead, on 073755569

We are looking for someone with excellent digital visualisation skills to join our talented team.

We are a 100% employee-owned practice, which signifies our belief in our people, culture and values. We are working on some of the UK’s most exciting projects, from nationally significant transport infrastructure and renewable energy to new settlements and urban regeneration. We have an excellent track record in visualisations that withstand the rigour of the appeal process.

You can expect to enjoy a varied role, in a friendly and supportive team. You will need to be able to demonstrate:

• Excellent 3D modelling skills
• Ability to prepare visualisations for different types of development from site verified mass modelling to photorealistic rendering using a variety of software applications
• Skills in document production using Adobe Creative Suite or similar
• Good communication skills and the ability to interact comfortably with people at all levels and across multiple disciplines

Strong capability with a variety of 2D and 3D modelling applications is essential, including Photoshop, 3ds Max (including V-Ray) and Revit.

Experience of using AutoCAD, Rhino, Sketchup and ArcGIS Pro is desirable, but not essential.

You do not need a background in landscape architecture or urban design/masterplanning.

This is a full-time post. However, please talk to us if you would like to work flexibly and we will also consider job share/part-time arrangements. Our landscape and visuals impact assessment (LVIA) visualisations team are predominantly in Oxford and Peterborough and they are splitting their time between home and the studio. 

If you would like to discuss this role before applying, please contact Steve Dredge on 01865 887050. Otherwise please send your CV and portfolio to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk.

This is a great time to be at LDA Design, and a great time to be in Manchester too. It is a city of real vibrancy and growth, mirrored by our fantastic team located in the city’s bustling Northern Quarter. Since opening three years ago, our Manchester studio is going from strength to strength, delivering some of the most exciting masterplanning, regeneration and public realm projects in the region.

Our work has never been more critical or urgent. We believe in landscape as the essential building block of place, and we are determined to make a difference. We are future-proofing our high streets and towns supporting recovery; making our streets safer, cleaner, greener; connecting people to nature to improve health and wellbeing; and helping to reduce carbon emissions. We are making our voice heard on the climate and nature crises.

Our people make us special, and we know it. What you will find is a friendly and supportive team shaped by our values, where your ability to thrive will be our priority.

Our Manchester studio is looking for a creative landscape architect with a minimum of three years’ experience leading the design and delivery of landscape and public realm projects. This is an exciting opportunity to lead projects of varying scale and complexity from concept through to construction.

Whilst experience is key, the number of years you have worked is less important to us than your skills in design and your collaborative approach. This is a wonderful professional opportunity for someone with ambition, who wants to contribute their expertise to our friendly, collaborative and creative team. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with strong design skills, energy and enthusiasm for their work.

We are looking for:

  • Strong conceptual landscape and public realm design skills
  • Excellent verbal and visual communication skills
  • Technical experience in detailed design packages through to delivery of projects on site
  • Experience of working with clients and multidisciplinary teams, with an appreciation of urban design and masterplanning desirable
  • Good experience with all RIBA stages, project running, team leading, and consultant liaison
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Suite, AutoCAD, Rhino and ideally Revit
  • Chartered status with the Landscape Institute or equivalent professional body is also desirable.

If you are interested, please email your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do and a portfolio showcasing some of your best work (5MB max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk 

Landscape planning is one of the foundations upon which LDA Design has built its success and our talented and committed team of landscape and environmental planners continue to provide the technical skills and creative insight to deliver change and development that is well designed, responds positively to its local context and delivers multiple benefits to people and wildlife.

By understanding the natural, social and environmental context of change, we help clients and communities make informed decisions about what development means for the landscape and the built environment, and where to invest to achieve positive outcomes.

LDA Design provides Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments, Landscape Character Assessments and Green Belt Studies. We are green infrastructure pioneers, from early work in London and the Thames Gateway to most recently a new framework for Thamesmead that uses natural networks to dramatically change the town for the better. For the Leeds City Region, we identified how to align investment in green infrastructure with ambitious plans for growth.

Our team has advised on landscape and visual matters for two new nuclear power stations, numerous onshore and offshore wind and solar array developments, and major transport infrastructure, including a national strategy to ensure Network Rail’s lineside estate delivers a wider range of environmental benefits. We have developed compelling landscape strategies for complex development and regeneration schemes ranging from small scale village extensions to garden villages and new town developments upward of 10,000 new homes. We have prepared strategies and guidelines for local authorities and protected landscapes, undertaken townscape and tall building studies and pioneered the approach to seascape assessment. 

We have been invited to join advisory groups, have led UK-wide pilots, written national guidance, and have helped shape key assessment methodologies and approaches, including for Natural England and the Landscape Institute. We provide expert witness on landscape matters.

LDA invests in training and development so that we can continue to meet the key challenges of climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and transition to a zero-carbon economy.  We also work closely with specialists in ecosystems goods and services, natural capital, cultural heritage, ecology and water management to provide a holistic perspective on landscape matters.

If you share our passion to tackle climate breakdown and biodiversity loss and to make the world a better place, join us. We are looking for a landscape architect or someone with relevant experience in practice able to display technical rigour and creative flair. You will need a sound grounding in foundational areas, such as LVIA and LCA, but you will also be encouraged to develop other areas of interest, these may include heritage landscapes, ecological design or green infrastructure planning.

You can expect to enjoy a challenging and varied role and will typically be authoring and providing input to a range of studies, guidance and technical assessments.  You will also be a team player, happy to share knowledge, collaborate and support others.

To join us as a consultant you will be a recent graduate with a passion for landscape planning.  For more senior positions, you will have two to four years’ experience working in a consultancy and be able to demonstrate:

  • A sound understanding of landscape legislation, policy and guidance, including Green Belt policy and protected landscapes.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of relevant guidance including LCA and LVIA, with experience of undertaking robust LVIAs for different types and scales of development.
  • An understanding of the landscape character assessment process and application to landscape sensitivity and capacity assessments and development of landscape strategies and guidelines.
  • A flair for the creative application of LVIA and landscape character appraisal to inform design and mitigation via an iterative process.
  • A passion for collaborative approaches to planning, assessment and design.
  • Excellent written and communication skills and the ability to interact comfortably with people at all levels and across multiple disciplines.
  • Interest in associated discipline/area of expertise and a willingness to explore new professional areas.
  • A knowledge of and proven abilities in GIS. Experience in graphics software and/or AutoCAD is desirable but not essential.

This is a full-time post. However, please talk to us if you would like to work flexibly and we will also consider job share/part-time arrangements. We are also open to where this role is based. Our landscape planning team is predominantly located in our Oxford and Peterborough studios, but this role could suit somebody working from one of our other studios. We will provide the support and mentoring to ensure you feel part of our team, wherever you are based.

If you would like to discuss this role before applying, please contact Ruth Knight on 01733 310471 or Ian Houlston on 01865 887050.  Otherwise please send your CV, portfolio and an example of a report/LVIA you have authored to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk

This is a great time to be at LDA Design. Even though we have all been working from home for most of the year, we have never been closer; and our belief in each other and in the brilliance of the collective has never been stronger. We are now 100% employee owned, a move which signifies our belief in our people, culture and values. 

Our work has never been more critical or urgent. We believe in landscape as the essential building block of place, and we are determined to make a difference. We are future-proofing our high streets and towns supporting recovery; making our streets safer, cleaner, greener; connecting people to nature to improve health and wellbeing; and helping to reduce carbon emissions. We are making our voice heard on the climate and nature crises.

We are creating three new roles for experienced landscape architects, at Associate or Director level. We are growing an exemplary public realm and landscape residential portfolio, so you will need to know how to lead the design and delivery of significant landscape and public realm projects. These will range from busy urban environments and waterfronts to estate regeneration and parks/green space.

We are seeking people with ambition, energy and enthusiasm. The successful candidates will provide great creative leadership. They will bring business acumen and everything it takes to maintain lasting client relationships. They will be supported by a team of urban designers, landscape architects, planners and architects at the top of their game.

Although the roles are based in London, Oxford and Peterborough/Cambridge, and an understanding of regional markets is obviously beneficial, we can be flexible as to where you are personally based. Our Cambridge studio is young, having opened in 2018. 

These openings provide some unique opportunities – to play a key part in shaping the direction and growth of new studios, and provide design and business leadership as part of our more well-established studios. 

You will be enthused by the opportunity to help others to succeed and to further our inclusive and collaborative approach.    We need people with an instinctive grasp of the bigger picture and you will share our passion and determination to create inclusive places that protect the environment.

Key requirements are: 

  • An ability to provide creative leadership to our landscape and public realm team, and to projects at different scales and contexts
  • Impressive business development and work winning skills, both nationally and regionally
  • Significant experience of working in a design practice
  • Qualification in landscape architecture
  • Commitment to matching and exceeding the best work in our current portfolio
  • Experience of delivery on the ground
  • A full UK driving licence 

If you would like to discuss this role before submitting your application, please contact Sophie Thompson  on 07931 971782.

If you are interested, please email your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do and a portfolio showcasing some of your best work (5MB max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk  

We are involved in the UK’s most significant and exciting developments, ranging from nationally significant energy and infrastructure projects, through to new settlements, urban regeneration and the design of internationally recognised public spaces.

We are looking for someone with a special blend of skills to join our talented and motivated team.

You will have an excellent understanding of the EIA requirements and experience of leading EIA projects as well as a good awareness of the planning system. You’ll be a team player and be able to demonstrate excellent communication and organisational skills and have the ability to develop strong relationships with colleagues, co-consultants and clients. It is advantageous to have project management skills too. We will support you in the development of both your technical and professional skills.

You will be leading EIA projects as well as providing input into and authoring reports at all stages of the EIA process from EIA screening through to the preparation of Environmental Statements. There will also be opportunities to provide environmental leadership, assist our masterplanners and planners, on non-EIA projects. You’ll share our passion for landscape-led and context responsive design and will be expected to apply your understanding of a range of social and environmental drivers to achieving well planned and designed developments at all scales.

Ideally, you will have a minimum of five years’ experience of working in a consultancy.

You will need to have:

  • Experience of leading and coordinating EIA projects.
  • Experience of working with clients and as part of multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience of managing sub-consultants.
  • Experience of GIS, graphics software and/or AutoCAD is also desirable.

This is a full-time post. However, please talk to us if you would like to work flexibly and we will also consider part-time applications.

If you would like to discuss the role, please contact Rob Pile on 07734 961487.

If you are interested in applying, please email your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do and a portfolio showcasing some of your best work (5MB max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk.

Located in the heart of the West Country, our Exeter Studio occupies a warehouse on Exeter Quayside with views across the River Exe to the Haldon Hills. We are within easy striking distance of great beaches and countryside, including the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor, and the addition of a slice of city life, excellent remuneration, exciting career potential and the opportunity to work on a range of world-class projects makes the region a great place to live and work.

This is a great time to be at LDA Design; we have never been closer and our belief in each other and in the brilliance of the collective has never been stronger; we are now an employee-owned practice, a move that signifies the commitment we have to our people, culture and values.

We believe in landscape as the essential building block of place, and we are determined to make a difference. We are future proofing our high streets and towns supporting recovery; making our streets safer, cleaner, greener; connecting people to nature to improve health and wellbeing; and helping to reduce carbon emissions. We are making our voice heard on the climate and nature crises.

Our Exeter studio has a vacancy for a creative designer, someone with enthusiasm and strong design and communication skills. The continuing demand for our services means we have fantastic professional opportunities for a landscape designer who has ambition to match ours and wants to energetically contribute their expertise to our highly collaborative and creative team. 

We are looking for someone with strong conceptual landscape and public realm design skills, excellent presentation and communication ability including 3D design skills, relevant qualifications and dependent on experience, technical competence in detailed design packages and the construction process, good interpersonal skills and experience of working with clients as well as multidisciplinary teams. 

If you are interested in joining a friendly, welcoming, supportive working environment with great opportunities to develop and explore your interests, please email your CV, a brief statement introducing yourself and a portfolio of reference projects that illustrate your experience (5Mb max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk

If you would like to discuss the role before submitting your application, please contact Scott Carroll on 01392 260430.

This is a great time to be at LDA Design. Even though we have all been working from home over recent months, we have never been closer; and our belief in each other and in the brilliance of the collective has never been stronger. 

We are looking for a talented landscape architect to join our team in either our Cambridge or Peterborough studios. We have a vacancy for a designer with up to three years’ experience who is committed to collaborative working and has the desire to make a difference.

Our one business model means we work as one team from eight studios around the UK. So, you might be working on our international projects such as the urban vision for Oktyabrsky Island in Kaliningrad or designing major public realm projects in London and reimagining town centres and high streets across the East of England, and beyond.

The Peterborough and Cambridge studios are located in historic neighbourhoods, providing stunning environments to work in two of the country’s fastest growing cities set in the heart of rural east England. Sustainability and design are at the heart of their identities and LDA Design has led on the post-Covid reimagining of urban spaces in these two great cities.

Your approach is as important as your skills. We’re eager to hear from people who have creative ambition and are keen to shape our studio culture.

Key requirements are:

  • Passionate about the built environment with a genuine interest in how places change and develop
  • A flair for design, alongside technical robustness
  • Enthusiasm for collaborative working, confidence, and good communication skills
  • Exceptional at designing at different scales, from a bespoke park bench to a new urban quarter
  • A qualification in landscape architecture and practical experience within a consultancy environment
  • Excellent graphic communication skills with an ability to produce illustrated renders
  • Demonstrated ability in Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD and 3-D design packages (with a preference for Rhino and Revit)
  • Desire to progress to managing projects independently
  • Interest in planting design
  • Full UK Driving licence

You would join a successful, supportive team with people from diverse creative backgrounds. We can offer a highly varied and exciting portfolio of projects, ranging from public realm strategies that tackle the impact of Covid to the implementation of green infrastructure helping to solve issues relating to the climate emergency.

For your professional and career development, we support our staff through a mentoring system helping you to achieve your personal goals. We can also offer mentorship to help you to gain Chartership with the Landscape Institute

Interested? If this is for you, please email (5Mb max) Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk with your CV, a brief statement introducing yourself, and a portfolio of reference projects that illustrate your experience.

This is a great time to be at LDA Design. Even though we have all been working from home for most of the year, we have never been closer; and our belief in each other and in the brilliance of the collective has never been stronger. We are now a 100% employee-owned practice, a move that signifies the belief we have in our people, culture and values.

Our work has never been more critical or urgent. We believe in landscape as the essential building block of place, and we are determined to make a difference. We are future-proofing our high streets and towns supporting recovery; making our streets safer, cleaner, greener; connecting people to nature to improve health and wellbeing; and helping to reduce carbon emissions. We are making our voice heard on the climate and nature crises.

Our people make us special, and we know it. Join us now and you’ll be arriving at an exciting time as we move towards Employee Ownership. What you will find is a friendly and supportive team shaped by our values, where your ability to thrive will be our priority.

Our London and Oxford studios are looking for a Senior Landscape Architect with around 5+ years’ experience, to lead on landscape design and public realm projects. However, the number of years you have worked is less important to us than your skills and a creative and open outlook. This is a fantastic professional opportunity for someone with ambition, who wants to contribute their expertise to our friendly, collaborative and creative team. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with strong design skills, energy and enthusiasm for their work.

We are looking for

  • Strong conceptual landscape and public realm design skills
  • Excellent verbal and visual communication skills
  • Technical experience in detailed design packages through to delivery of projects on site
  • Experience of working with clients and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Good experience with all RIBA stages, project running, team leading, and consultant liaison
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Suite, AutoCAD, Rhino and ideally Revit.
  • Chartered status with the Landscape Institute or equivalent professional body is also desirable.

If you are interested, please email your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do and a portfolio showcasing some of your best work (5MB max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk 

LDA Design is united around a common purpose: to make great places and shape the world around us for the better. We do this through our work regenerating cities and towns, planning new settlements, creating and repurposing streets and spaces and renewing the UK’s infrastructure. Fundamental to this is addressing the climate and nature crises. We have an enviable record working on some of the UK’s most exciting development and regeneration projects and believe in landscape as the essential building block of place.

Since we opened our new studio in Bristol, the team has been responsible for transformational work including masterplanning the new smart campus, Gravity, in Somerset; Bangor’s vision and masterplan, research with City Science and Vectos for the RTPI on decarbonisation of transport and the pedestrianisation of King Street in Bristol. The team are currently working on the Mass Transit study for the West of England Combined Authority; OurWorld Bristol on the former Bristol Zoo site; new settlements across the south of England and research for the RTPI on how design codes in England can help the UK government achieve its net-zero targets and promote nature recovery. 

There is an appetite for our approach and way of thinking, and our combination of skills. We are looking for the best minds to help us grow our Bristol studio and deliver for our clients and communities everywhere.

Whilst we’re looking for someone to be based in Bristol, our one business model means we work as one team from eight studios around the UK. So, you might be working on our international projects such as the urban vision for Oktyabrsky Island in Kaliningrad or masterplanning new settlements and reimagining town centres and high streets across the Southwest of England, and beyond.

Our people make us special, and we know it. We are now a 100% employee-owned practice, a move that signifies our belief in our people, culture and values. Join us and what you will find is a friendly and supportive team shaped by our values, where your ability to thrive will be our priority.

Our Bristol studio is looking for an Urban Designer with around 5+ years’ experience, to lead on masterplanning projects. However, the number of years you have worked is less important to us than your skills and a creative and open outlook. This is a fantastic professional opportunity for someone with ambition, who wants to contribute their expertise to our friendly, collaborative and creative team. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with strong design skills, energy and enthusiasm for their work.

We are looking for:

  • Strong conceptual landscape and masterplanning design skills
  • Excellent verbal and visual communication skills
  • Experience of working with clients and multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience of engagement and collaborative working on design projects
  • Good experience with all RIBA stages, project running, team leading, and consultant liaison
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Suite and AutoCAD
  • Chartered status with a Built Environment professional body is also desirable

If you are interested, please email your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do and a portfolio showcasing some of your best work (5MB max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk 

If you would like to find out more and discuss the roles available, please contact Clare Wilks, our Bristol studio lead, on 07375 563686. 

LDA Design is united around a common purpose: to make great places and shape the world around us for the better. We do this through our work regenerating cities and towns, planning new settlements, creating and repurposing streets and spaces and renewing the UK’s infrastructure. Fundamental to this is addressing the climate and nature crises. We have an enviable record working on some of the UK’s most exciting development and regeneration projects and believe in landscape as the essential building block of place.

Since we opened our new office in Cambridge, the team there has been responsible for transformational work including the redesign of the City’s Market Square, Cambridge Science Park and the New Museums Site in the city centre. Our landscape framework for the University of Cambridge’s multi-award-winning scheme at Eddington continues to set the standard for design quality in new sites across the region.

There is an appetite for our approach and way of thinking, and our combination of skills. We are looking for the best minds to help us grow our Cambridge studio and deliver for our clients and communities everywhere.

Whilst we’re looking for someone to be based from Cambridge, our one business model means we work as one team from eight studios around the UK. So, you might be working on our international projects such as the urban vision for Oktyabrsky Island in Kaliningrad or masterplanning new settlements and reimagining town centres and high streets across the East of England, and beyond.

Our people make us special and we know it. We are now a 100% employee-owned practice, a move that signifies our belief in our people, culture and values. Join us and what you will find is a friendly and supportive team shaped by our values, where your ability to thrive will be our priority.

Our Cambridge studio is looking for an Urban Designer with around 5+ years’ experience, to lead on masterplanning projects. However, the number of years you have worked is less important to us than your skills and a creative and open outlook. This is a fantastic professional opportunity for someone with ambition, who wants to contribute their expertise to our friendly, collaborative and creative team. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with strong design skills, energy and enthusiasm for their work.

We are looking for:

  • Strong conceptual landscape and masterplanning design skills
  • Excellent verbal and visual communication skills
  • Experience of working with clients and multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience of engagement and collaborative working on design projects
  • Good experience with all RIBA stages, project running, team leading, and consultant liaison
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Suite and AutoCAD
  • Chartered status with a Built Environment professional body is also desirable

If you are interested, please email your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do and a portfolio showcasing some of your best work (5MB max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk 

If you would like to find out more and discuss the roles available, please contact Tom Perry, our Cambridge studio lead, on 07932344811. 

This is a great time to be at LDA Design. We are now a 100% employee-owned practice, a move that signifies our belief in our people, culture and values. Join us and what you will find is a friendly and supportive team where your ability to thrive will be a priority.

Our work has never been more critical or urgent. We believe in landscape as the essential building block of place, and we are determined to make a difference. LDA Design is united around a common purpose: to make great places and shape the world around us for the better. We do this through our work regenerating cities and towns, planning new settlements, creating and repurposing streets and spaces and renewing the UK’s infrastructure. We are making our voice heard on the climate and nature crises.

Our Bristol, Exeter and Oxford studios have a vacancy for a creative urban designer, someone with enthusiasm and strong design and communication skills. Whilst we’re looking for someone to be based in one of these studios, our one business model means we work as one team from eight studios around the UK. So, you might be working on our international projects such as the urban vision for Oktyabrsky Island in Kaliningrad or masterplanning new settlements and reimagining town centres across the UK.

The appetite for our approach and way of thinking means we have fantastic professional opportunities for a designer who has the ambition to match ours and wants to energetically contribute their expertise to our highly collaborative and creative team. We offer excellent remuneration as well as exciting career potential and the potential to work on world class projects.

We are looking for someone with a creative, open and enquiring outlook with strong conceptual urban design, landscape and masterplanning skills at both a strategic and site scale, excellent presentation and communication ability, proficiency in Adobe Suite AutoCAD and 3D software, good interpersonal skills and preferably experience of working with clients as well as multidisciplinary teams. You must have relevant qualifications and have experience of working in a strong environmental design studio.

If you are interested in joining a friendly, welcoming, supportive working environment with great opportunities to develop and explore your interests, please email your CV, a brief statement introducing yourself and a portfolio of reference projects that illustrate your experience (5Mb max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk

These days, planning is rarely out of the news. As we seek to build the future we want and need, planning has a critical role. It remains our best hope to direct growth to the right places, lead decarbonisation, and put nature first. It needs determined people who are fired up to ensure that planning responds, protects and enhances with imagination and purpose.

Our team of planners balance strong planning leadership with creative thinking. They see the bigger picture to ensure plans are deliverable, creating places where people belong, where it is easy to live a healthy life and where there is close contact with nature.

There’s a huge appetite for our distinctive approach and we are looking to grow our team. We are looking for planners who have experience of leading complex, multi-disciplinary projects through the planning process. The number of years you have worked is less important to us than a creative and collaborative approach. 

Ideally you will have experience of generating new work through both successful tendering and by forming effective relationships through networking and business development. For us, ideas are key and as well as having a keen commercial awareness of the development process, we are looking for innovative thinkers who share our passion for creating great places and shaping the world around us for the better.  

Join LDA Design now and you’ll be arriving at an exciting time as we move forward as a 100% employee-owned business. You will find a friendly and supportive team shaped by our values, where your ability to thrive will be our priority. Our people make us special and we offer excellent remuneration and a strong benefits package.

You should have:

  • Excellent understanding of the UK Planning System  
  • A track record of preparing, co-ordinating and submitting complex planning applications and promoting development proposals through the local plan and other statutory procedures
  • Work winning skills with a network of contacts preferable
  • Experience of engaging with key public sector stakeholders and in particular  London Boroughs and the GLA
  • Experience of acting on behalf of private sector developers in a variety of contexts in the UK, including urban regeneration, urban extensions and new settlements, and infrastructure projects
  • A track record of managing multi-disciplinary projects
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Degree qualification and MRTPI accreditation

If you would like to discuss the role, please contact Martin Herbert on 078317 70504. 

If you are interested, please email your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do and a portfolio showcasing some of your best work (5MB max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk  

When applying, please state which role and studio you are applying for and confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.

No recruitment agencies, please. Thank you.

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