Designer Urban Scale InterventionsBelfast, Northern Ireland, GB
[ Community-focused designer ]
Opportunity for an outstanding and passionate designer from a product, set design, architecture, urban, digital or relevant creative background to join a young placemaking studio in designing and developing proposals for some of Northern Ireland’s most high profile public spaces and emerging projects.
Urban Scale Interventions is a new form of creative studio responding to changes in the way we live, work and play:
- we believe the best innovation happens at the intersection between people, place and purpose
- to do this, we used the established double-diamond design methodology
- we support public and private organisations in people-centred design innovation
- we do this through research, strategic policy fit, community and stakeholder engagement, concept design, design development and delivery
- we create forward-thinking interventions and visual strategies that make a difference
People-centred public interventions which integrate new technologies with traditional media such as painting, sculpture, performance, and site-specific installation.
Urban Scale Interventions is a newly formed studio that has grown from its directors working on some of London and Northern Ireland’s successful and emerging public space, mental health and social projects.
People-centred Design is at the heart of the studio’s ethos, every project undertaken will always involve the team to reimagine the brief and work directly in communities, within government and with stakeholders. This kind of engagement means as a studio we are involved in the process much earlier than at the designing of buildings or spaces, we integrate people and purpose from the offset, which in turn creates meaningful outcomes.
The studio currently has exciting projects such as street interventions as part of a high profile cultural strategy within the city centre of Belfast. A high profile mental health riverside regeneration project in Derry-Londonderry and regionally significant education and upskill proposal to integrate one of Belfast’s most underutilised heritage spaces for community use in East Belfast. Several other projects all with health and social purposes including projects in London and Melbourne are emerging.
Health, social, environmental and cultural influences are at the heart of every project the studio is involved in. Because of this, we have the chance to impact society on what really matters. Interventions will range from architectural pop-ups, redesigning public space with purpose, wayfinding proposals, digital applications, workshops, exhibitions, interactive public art, establishing events and place-based strategies. Our work will also influence the sometimes intangible, such as how can you improve mental health in a city? How can you offer young people opportunities and alternative education?
You’ll be working with government departments, local district councils, place-making developers, social enterprises and a host of stakeholders from the public and private sector. A rare opportunity for designers to gain an understanding of strategic policy, communities, research and how it influences design.
The studio will predominantly be based in city centre Belfast, however, designers will be required to travel to project locations when necessary.
- become part of a design team developing and leading on intervention proposals
- responsible for nurturing, managing and supporting relationships with clients, community groups, stakeholders and partners
- opportunities to develop your own research and design interests as part of the studio’s research output, supported by the team. (four days of project work one-day research)
- face-to-face meetings and community engagement workshops
- a leading role in organising, promoting and participating in events and workshops
- design interventions from our engagement that get delivered in public space
- develop design interventions to outline tender standards for costings
- liaise with fabricators and other designer-makers in their production
- support on all elements of the delivery of intervention
- work closely with the directors on opportunities to build relationships and partnerships to grow the studio
- contribute to research and good design practices that can set a standard internationally
- a self-starter; able to work under their own initiative and as part of a small team
- a ‘people person’ confident in welcoming people and engaging with all walks of life
- calm in challenging situations and with challenging people or communities; able to offer solutions and strengthen design through this.
- good written and verbal skills
- extremely organised and accurate, with a focus on preparation and pre-planning
- an interest in the aims of the social-cultural design and architecture/built environment
- efficient in Microsoft and Google suites
- strong visualization skills, competence in Photoshop and Adobe suite
- ability to use AutoCAD or 2D CAD software
- ability to model in 3D, strong SketchUp skills and although not essential
- Rhino skills desirable
- knowledge in your field of expertise
- a degree and/or masters in a design related field
- experience in producing or supporting design interventions from civic engagement, concept, tender to delivery
- have a passion for public space projects and urban design that crosses disciplines of design, culture and art
- experience in inclusive design and or community public focused projects
- strong verbal and people skills
- excellent design and visual skills
- strong future-oriented view and a sense for technology, design, architecture and urban planning
- a good network or knowledge on the cultural sector of NI
- competitive salaries will reflect passion and experiences
- studio ethos to grow culture is at its heart, study trips, away days and time to develop individual design interests to strengthen the studio will be encouraged
- a young and new studio, the chance to create a name for a new brand in placemaking and people-centred design as a key player in its development
- healthy work-life balance, although passionate about what we do, we want our team to have a life outside the office. Profit share based on studios annual targets
Apply with CV, and a covering letter (10mb max) outlining you, your experience, what you can bring to the role and salary expectation.
Start dates from May – June 2019.