Profession urban planner

Urban planners create development plans for towns, urban areas, cities, and regions. They research the needs of the community or the region (economic, social, transport) and evaluate other parameters such as sustainability in order to present solid programs aimed at the improvement of the site.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Building codes

    The set of guidelines that determine the minimum standards for buildings and other constructions in order to protect public health and safety.

  • Urban planning

    Political and technical process that seeks to design the urban environment and optimize land use by considering various aspects such as infrastructure, water, and green and social spaces.

  • Demography

    The scientific field of study that deals with studying the size, structure, and distribution of the human population, and its geographical and temporal changes.

  • Environmental policy

    Local, national and international policies dealing with the promotion of environmental sustainability and the development of projects which reduce negative environmental impact and improve the state of the environment.

  • Zoning codes

    The division of land into zones where various uses and activities are allowed, such as residential, agricultural, and industrial activities. These zones are regulated by legislative procedures and local authorities.

  • Architecture regulations

    The regulations, statutes, and legal agreements existing in the European Union in the field of architecture. 

  • Green space strategies

    The authority’s vision on how to use its green space. This includes the goals it wants to achieve, the resources, methods, legislative framework, and time needed to meet these goals. 

Skills

  • Execute feasibility study

    Perform the evaluation and assessment of the potential of a project, plan, proposition or new idea. Realise a standardised study which is based on extensive investigation and research to support the process of decision making.

  • Advise on use of land

    Recommend the best ways to use land and resources. Advise on locations for roads, schools, parks, etc.

  • Liaise with local authorities

    Maintain the liaison and exchange of information with regional or local authorities.

  • Meet building regulations

    Communicate with construction inspection, e.g. by submitting schemes and plans, to make sure all construction regulations, laws and codes are dealt with correctly.

  • Build business relationships

    Establish a positive, long-term relationship between organisations and interested third parties such as suppliers, distributors, shareholders and other stakeholders in order to inform them of the organisation and its objectives.

  • Use geographic information systems

    Work with computer data systems such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

  • Study human population

    Analyse data about the human population in a specific geographic area in order to uncover trends such as mortality rate, migration, and fertility rates.

Optional knowledge and skills

communicate with local residents promote sustainability provide technical expertise cad software historic architecture write scientific papers public housing legislation study traffic flow advise on pollution prevention conduct public surveys scientific research methodology advise on architectural matters plan public housing advise on legislative acts advise on building matters project management use cad software design spatial layout of outdoor areas conduct land surveys topography cartography promote innovative infrastructure design construction methods landscape architecture advise architects scientific modelling develop concepts for city marketing architectural conservation