Public Practice is a not-for-profit social enterprise with a mission to build the public sector’s capacity to improve the quality and equality of everyday places for now and for the future.
About the Role
PAID YEAR-LONG PLACEMENTS WITHIN THE PUBLIC SECTOR
Public Practice is looking to recruit talented, motivated and experienced urban design professionals who want to gain experience working in the public sector. After completing a competitive three-stage application process, successful candidates (known as Associates) will secure fixed-term employment in a public sector role with salaries ranging from £30,00 - £70,000.
Associates spend 90% of their time in their role at their host Authority and the remaining 10% is spent participating in a Learning & Development programme. During the programme, Associates benefit from a bespoke course and being part of a cohort of interdisciplinary place-shapers.
What You're Gonna Do
THE ROLE AS AN URBAN DESIGN OFFICER
Roles within Authorities vary, but as an Urban Design officer, you will likely be one of the only employees in the council with urban design training. Your role might include:
Drafting strategic site design principles and toolkits.
Write design policy, design guidance, design briefs, design codes and urban characterisation studies, drawing on best practice examples.
Leas development management officers on appraising the design quality in planning applications and during pre-application meetings.
Providing urban design, architectural or placemaking support for potential new development opportunities on council-owned land.
Undertaking design-led site analysis, capacity and feasibility studies to support the delivery of small to medium-scale housing infill sites.
Leading interactive co-design workshops with the local community and stakeholder and setting up design competitions for masterplanning of large strategic sites.
Providing expertise in heritage-led regeneration and development in Conservation Areas, including tall buildings guidance and urban intensification.
Delivering in-house design training to officers and members to upskill teams and grow confidence in design and conservation.
You can read further details on the placement type by going to: https://www.publicpractice.org.uk/placements/architecture-ud-masterplanning
WHO YOU ARE
We want our cohorts to be diverse in terms of skills, experience, and backgrounds and actively encourage applications from all sections of society, be it age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith, neurodiversity or disability.
There are no fixed requirements in terms of qualifications but we do expect Associates to have a minimum of three years of urban design professional working experience so that you are able to hit the ground running from the start. There is no upper limit.
We are looking for candidates who align with our values of equality, diversity, inclusion, excellence, entrepreneurship, pragmatism, openness, trust and respect.
All Associates will need to have the legal right to work in the UK to be eligible to apply to the programme.
You will be willing to consider a full-time-equivalent salary of £30,000 – £70,000 depending on the grade of the role and your experience.
You can take our eligibility quiz here: https://publicpractice.typeform.com/to/O8d9Jihz
What We Offer
WHY APPLY TO THE PROGRAMME
WORK FOR A FORWARD-THINKING AUTHORITY: Authorities compete to host placements, so we only work with ambitious organisations. Every placement is carefully selected and shaped by Public Practice. We look for roles that can deliver real impact, and fit with our mission as a social enterprise.
DELIVER CHANGE ON THE GROUND: A year is a short time in a job, but it is still long enough for you to make a lasting difference to the public sector. In some placements, it will be possible to directly deliver change on the ground through meanwhile uses or managing schemes on-site. In others, policies or planning decisions may take years to play out.
FORM A NETWORK OF INTERDISCIPLINARY CHANGEMAKERS: You will be part of a diverse cohort of highly skilled practitioners bringing together different backgrounds, experiences and disciplines.
LEARN ABOUT HOW THE PUBLIC SECTOR WORKS: The L&D programme introduces you to the formal processes and protocols of working in the public sector, as well as the informal tactics and techniques you’ll need to navigate the system. Beginning with a comprehensive induction before you start in-post, the programme continues over the year to build your knowledge on the fundamentals of the public sector workings, and public sector placemaking.
BUILD YOUR NETWORK: You will have access to Public Practice’s network of leading figures in the built environment across the public, private and third sectors. Whether through learning sessions, or our programme of events including our Forum, we will draw on our network to introduce you to people, organisations and ideas that can support your practice.
WHO WE ARE
Public Practice is a social enterprise with a mission to help built environment practitioners transition into a career in the public sector. We believe that:
the built environment is where the symptoms and solutions to society’s most complex challenges are played out.
the public sector is where impactful change to the built environment can truly be made.
an interdisciplinary placemaking approach, with a diversity of thought, experience and skills are required to deliver that change.
You can read examples of our press coverage on our website at https://www.publicpractice.org.uk/press
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