The Urban Design Foundations Course is a series of events that will equip attendees with an understanding of basic urban design principles, concepts and skills. It will give attendees the confidence to assess design and negotiate for better design. The course includes presentations from leading practitioners and practical group work sessions, along with resources for further learning.


The course has been created specifically for local authority planning officers but will be of interest to anyone looking to upskill in design. It comprises a full day in-person design skills session and 6 online events from September to December 2022.

Each event includes practical, interactive sessions to put ideas into practice. Attendees will be given resources and short assignments to complete between events (don’t worry, nothing too time consuming!).

On completion of the course, attendees will receive a certificate.

What you will learn

By the end of the course, attendees will:

  • Understand the fundamentals of urban design concepts and terminology.
  • Understand the principles of masterplanning and responding to local context.
  • Understand and practice how to analyse a site and design spatial solutions using urban design techniques.
  • Feel more confident engaging and negotiating with other professionals in conversations about urban design.
  • Feel better able to assess design in planning applications.

Below are the events that make up the course. More information is provided for each of these here:

Urban Design School – Day 1: Introduction to Urban Design (Online)
Urban Design School – Day 2: Urban Design Skills (In-Person)
Masterclass: Sustainable and Low Carbon Design Principles (Online)
Masterclass: Small Sites Intensification (Online)
Masterclass: Masterplanning Large Sites (Online)|
Masterclass: Viability and the Development Process Demystified (Online)
Urban Design Foundations Course Wrap Up (Online)

Kent Design members can register for the course at a reduced rate of £200+VAT or attend individual events for free (as part of their organisation’s annual membership). For further details on how to pay at the reduced rate for members, please contact the team at:

Non-members can attend the entire course for £550+VAT, or all of the online sessions only for just £400+VAT. Register using the link further below. If you prefer to be invoiced for course fees, just email us at the above address.

If you are not a member and would only like to register for the 2-Day Urban Design School, please use the link below.

Visit: Urban Design Foundations Course 2022 Ticket Bundle Options