Posted by Richard Haut on August 26, 2003 at 02:04:29:
In Reply to: Urban design education and professions posted by Scott Shepard on August 25, 2003 at 08:46:41:
I cannot speak about the American market, but in Europe the range of urban design work is very wide though mostly either in the public sector, or for transport or utility companies.
There are certain sectors, such as campus masterplanning which can be private but are usually highly competitive.
The work normally comes up in one of two ways: an urban design study as a straight consulting project, or for urban design to be specified as a required discipline within a multidisciplinary design team.
Individual studies (as a very approximate guide) tend to pay in the range of 5000 Euros to 50000 Euros each, and often (especially in France) will have two or three studies undertaken simultaneously.
These can be for area upgrading and revitalisation, planning of new areas - or re-use of, say, former industrial land, through to very small area optimisation, or planning for full regions.
The advantage over full architectural services is that it is undertaken as a straight study - it is in reality consulting work, and therefore is not as long drawn-out as architectural work and, of course, completely side-steps the building phase of the project.
Urban design is an excellent career, but be prepared to travel. You could do worse than to enter urban design competitions to establish your name.
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