AECOM cities

At AECOM we believe that cities and their governments will be increasingly important in the fight against climate change. Many cities are also seeing unprecedented population growth and demographic shifts, and as a consequence, questions are being raised about core foundation elements in cities, such as:

Urban Mobility
Economic security and prosperity
Accommodating Growth
Resilience to major natural disasters

Cities and mayors will have important decisions to make to ensure their cities can remain competitive, liveable and resilient to any challenges they may face in the future.

Considering a city’s challenges and opportunities spatially can foster greater collaboration between states and regions, cities and the private sector and can unlock opportunities for technology integration, infrastructure investment and other catalyst projects.

It is our view that every city should have a clear future vision with a spatial overlay which can be used as a framework to manage challenges and realise opportunities.

Request a workshop with AECOM

We offer* – for a modest fee – a two day integrated planning and design workshop as a first step in this journey for cities. Our process has four steps, can be delivered in 5 weeks and provides a number of tangible and useful deliverables. The process is explained below.

* Please note that currently Cities workshops are only available in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa). We hope to offer workshops in the US and Asia/Pacific shortly.

The workshop process:

Step 1

We send you a proforma requesting a range of key facts and figures, and plans for your city. The proforma has around 50 structured questions and will normally be returned with supporting documentation.

Step 2

We will review the information received and prepare base maps and other workshop resources

Step 3

Our team will visit the city over 5 days, 2 of which will be devoted to a workshop. The workshop will follow a standardised process, but will draw on the local information, together with inputs from local stakeholders

Step 4

Post workshop we will produce a city vision document, highlighting the key issues and opportunities and providing a spatial vision.

What you will get out of it

  1. A desktop published integrated city vision, including supporting drawings, workshop notes, photos etc as generated through the process
  2. We hope to provide an empowering two days for your team members, and will give all team members an opportunity to contribute their ideas and knowledge
  3. We hope to inspire your team members to consider how they can better collaborate amongst themselves to work towards common goals that can make the city more attractive / sustainable / resilient
  4. We hope team members will learn and gain insights from their colleagues and from us and will be further motivated to support with downstream projects.

City reporting

If your city already reports through city networks such as UNISDR Making Cities Resilient or the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), we will be happy to work with you to improve and streamline your reporting, and to further leverage profile and learning from these great city initiatives. AECOM supports a number of city reporting initiatives.


We have published a future vision for London which can be viewed here, and have run the process outlined above successfully as part of a two day RIBA conference in London using four hypothetical cities. Download the report from the RIBA Making Cities Resilient conference here. AECOM was the content sponsor for the conference.

We are a strategy partner for 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) currently supporting 16 cities globally to develop city resilience strategies, main content partner for CDP Cities and co-authors (with IBM) of the UNISDR Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities. Our team has also delivered fully adopted city plans for Jeddah, Dubai and Bucharest. Many of our city leaders contribute to our connected cities blog.