Job Title: Graduate Urban Designer
Studied: BA Architecture and Urban Planning
Employer: Barratt Developments Plc
Job: Graduate Management
About my job
What made you get into this career?
During university I became interested in how urban design and planning can be used as a tool to positively influence the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of communities. I chose to become an urban designer so that I could incorporate place making principles into large residential schemes so that they may leave a positive legacy.
What qualifications do you have or are working towards for this job?
BA (Hons) in Architecture & Urban Planning from Newcastle University. I am currently working towards gaining a CSCS card which will allow me to visit construction sites.
There is lots of support and structure on the graduate scheme and I have just come back from a 2-day personal development workshop with the other graduates which was incredibly fun and insightful. For anyone looking to get into homebuilding, I would highly recommend applying for the Barratt graduate scheme!
What might a typical day in your job involve?
My day is filled with a whole variety of tasks. In the brief time I have worked here I have taken part in site visits, worked on layout frameworks for new residential schemes, coloured in master plans and created new templates for street scene renders. This is all done through a variety of computer software programmes, such as Photoshop and AutoCAD.
What’s the best bit about your job?
Being able to use the creative skills I developed at university to tackle a variety of challenges, such as creating well-designed layout frameworks.
Questions & Answers
What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of work I enjoy pursuing my fitness goals, and spending time with my family.