Working with us

URBED is a multi-disciplinary practice employing urban designers, planners, architects, landscape architects, geographers and sustainability experts. We're proud of the blend of skills and experience that this brings to our work. We occasionally have opportunities for candidates who share our ethos to join our Manchester based team. 


No current vacancies

How we work

Working co-operatively 

URBED is a worker co-operative; this means that we are owned and run by the people that work here and we all have an equal say in what the business does. It also means we have an equitable share in the wealth created from the products and services we provide. All members of staff are expected to take an active role in running the co-op. All permanent employees become members following a probationary period, and our aspiration is for all members to also become directors of the company. On a day-to-day basis we run the co-op using working groups (for finance, personnel, IT, office management and marketing); these are a fantastic opportunity to develop and apply new skills. 

Flexible working 

URBED recognises the benefits both to the business and to our employees of working patterns that can accommodate all aspects of people’s lives – from caring responsibilities to greater community involvement and developing hobbies and skills outside work. We seek to accommodate these requests wherever possible. A number of our senior staff team work part time. 

Equal opportunities

URBED is committed to equal opportunities for all – regardless of  age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), religion or belief, sex and/or sexual orientation. A copy of our Equal Opportunities and Dignity at Work Policy is available here

Mental Health & Wellbeing

URBED are committed to support the health and wellbeing of our employees, and this includes mental health. Our Mental Health & Wellbeing Policy is designed to support and encourage all staff to talk about their mental health without prejudice or stigma, to share what support is in place at URBED and where else support and help can be found.


URBED receive a high number of applications for internships and work experience each year. As a small office we can only accommodate two or three placements each year, with minimal overlap. If you are enquiring about the summer 2020 period, please note that we already have a sponsored placement lined up and it is unlikely that we will be able to support another one during this time. 

We believe that internships should be accessible, should be awarded on a fair basis, and should not be economically exploitative. We believe that properly structured and resourced internships make a positive contribution to our industry by helping to develop the skills of new urbanists and by giving access to the industry to people from a broad range of backgrounds. We do not offer unstructured internships or placements, i.e. those not undertaken as part of a course of education, or work-based scheme supported by the EU, Universities or reputable charities. This is because we feel unpaid and unstructured internships and placements unfairly exclude those who do not have other forms of financial support, or the social networks that allow them to gain access to professional firms. 

We will not use internships as a means of providing cheap labour. A reliance on unpaid internships to service fee-earning work is exploitative of the individuals involved and damaging to our industry. We believe that if we expect to be paid as a company for providing a professional service, we should expect the same for the individuals who carry out the work. URBED has a long track record of employing recent graduates and helping them to develop their career. If we need additional staff, we will take a suitable candidate on as an employee – either temporary or permanent - and pay them a reasonable salary. Applicants for internships and placements should however note that an internship is not a guaranteed fast-track to a job at URBED.  

If you would like to apply for an internship at URBED you must first read our Internship Policy to determine whether you fall into one of the relevant categories. 

Data Protection

If we keep your personal information on file following a speculative application for a job or internship we will be mindful of our data protection duties. We will retain your CV and any other information you send us on the grounds of pursuing our legitimate interests with regards to recruiting new members of staff to our organisation. We will not disclose the information we hold to third parties. We will store your data securely on our company server system, in a folder which can only be accessed by members of the Personnel Group within the cooperative. We will keep this information for up to two years from the date you send it to us. You have the right to contact us at any time to request that we delete this data.