The south east of England is seeing unprecedented demand for new housing as well as exciting town centre regeneration. The Urban Design and Sustainability Foundation Course aims to equip built environment practitioners with an understanding of fundamental urban design concepts and sustainable design principles to inform their daily work. It will feature presentations from expert speakers, study tours and practical skills sessions across three full days. The course will be delivered by Design South East with input from expert guest speakers working in practice. Although the course will take place in London, the content will explore design in urban, suburban and rural contexts. 

The course will take place over three days on 22, 27 and 29 February 2024. 

Express your interest by completing the contact form at the bottom of the page. We’ll then be in touch about invoicing. 



Address: The Gallery, Alan Baxter Ltd, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL
Each day will start at our event space in central London and include walking tours and site visits.



The Foundation Course takes place over three full days, covering the following topics:

Day 1:
Introduction to urban design key concepts, principles and processes, with walking tour and interactive design review exercise.

Date: Thursday 22 February 2024
Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Day 2:
Placemaking principles, with a focus on green infrastructure, movement and public spaces, with guided tour of exemplary development and masterplanning workshop.

Date: Tuesday 27 February 2024
Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Day 3:
Sustainable design principles, with a focus on net zero carbon, circularity and sustainable lifestyles, including interactive workshop and guided tour of exemplary development.

Date: Thursday 29 February 2024
Time: 10:00 – 16:00


Speakers and Facilitators

Ross O’Ceallaigh, Programme Manager, Design South East
(urban design and sustainability)

Helen Goodwin, Head of Programmes, Design South East
(architecture and anthropology)

Andrew Cameron, Director, Andrew Cameron Associates
(transport and masterplanning)

Vinita Dhume, Director, Urban Design and Maserplanning, Savills
(masterplanning and landscape)

Emad Sleiby, Director, Allies and Morrison
(urban design and regeneration)

Antje Saunders, Director, Allies and Morrison
(urbanism and masterplanning)

Zoe Watson, Head of Sustainability, Allies and Morrison


Learning outcomes 

The course aims to provide students with:  

  • An understanding of basic urban design and placemaking principles and concepts.  
  • A general understanding of low carbon design, transport and landscape in a masterplanning context. 
  • Practical skills in urban analysis and concept masterplanning.   
  • An appreciation of best practice design through case studies and tours of exemplary developments.  
  • Greater confidence to engage in discussions about urban design, assess design proposals and suggest design solutions. 
  • Deliver better design outcomes in your role.


Who is it for? 

The course is aimed at planners in the public and private sectors based in the south east of England. It will also be relevant to architects, developers, transport engineers, university students and anyone interested to creating great places.  



Full ticket price (private sector): £1,300+VAT per person

Reduced ticket price (local authorities, charities, students and community groups): £1,000+VAT per person


Express your interest by completing the contact form below.