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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Urban Design Services
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

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How much should I pay for Urban Design Services?

What is the average price of Urban Design Services?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Urban Design Services. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Urban Design Services been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Urban Design Services yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Urban Design Services?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Urban Design Services with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

In 2019, ProcurementIQ estimates that there are about 4,500 firms providing urban design services in the United States. Collectively, the top four firms account for less than 30.0% of total market revenue, indicating a low level of concentration. Urban design requires low up-front capital investment and minimal operating expenses. Thus,... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience and Expertise

How long have you provided these products to your longest-tenured client?

What qualifications does your staff have and what measures do you take to keep those qualifications up to date?

What industry do you most commonly supply this product for?

To what extent will ordering multiple products from your firm allow me to save on costs?

What is your repeat business rate for businesses in my industry and how does that compare to your overall rates?

Supply Chain Risk

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

Has the availability of raw materials tightened due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to labor?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your products during the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases in raw materials?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto buyers?

How, if at all, has your supply chain been affected by import tariffs levied in 2018?


How do you manage regulatory change? Do you have regulation advisers or methods to track regulation?

How have changing regulations influenced your pricing now and how will the changes affect prices over the life our proposed agreement?

What ongoing training procedures do you provide for your staff?

Have you ever been found to be noncompliant with regulatory frameworks?

Amid widespread health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Interpersonal Communication

What measures do you take to involve clients in the design process?

What weight do you give to client input?

How often should we expect to hear progress reports? What will you show us along the way to explain the project? Will we see models, photo images, perspective sketches, or cross-sections?

To what degree do you involve consultants in your design? How much weight do you give to their input?

How available is your staff to answer questions during or after the design is implemented?

Relevant Experience

What is your previous experience working with similar urban environments?

What is your previous experience working within this city, in particular? What is your previous experience collaborating with our local government officials?

How would describe the types of clients you primarily work with?

How are the cityscapes of your other clients similar and different to ours? What challenges will this pose?

Fulfillment Timeliness

What guarantees do you provide for meeting agreed-upon deadlines?

What issues have you experienced that made you unable to fulfill project deadlines or have caused you to breach a contract?

What precautionary measures do you take to avoid missing deadlines?

What additional resources are you able to allocate to the project if it begins to fall behind?


What outside consultants or contractors are you planning on involving in the project? How will their involvement affect the price and timing of our project?

What criteria do you use to select your outside vendors?

How often do you use the same vendors?

What role do you allow your clients to play in the selection of the outside vendors you use?


What is the reasoning behind the pricing model you plan to apply to my project? Would you consider applying any other pricing models to my project?

Are there any additional charges I should be aware of that are not included in your price that will be incurred throughout the design process?

How much do I have to pay up front? What type of cancellation clause does your proposal include should either party decide it necessary to cancel the contract?

What factors could potentially increase the initial price quote? What steps can be taken to ensure that the price does not increase?

Project Management

How many project managers and designers will be assigned to our project?

What criteria do you use to assign project managers and designers to each project?

Who in the firm will we be dealing with directly? Is it the same person who will be designing and managing the project?

How many different projects are the average project manager and designer assigned to at once? Can you describe the process you use to establish priorities between projects?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

All buyers should specify the total budget for the project.

All buyers should suggest the best method of billing.

All buyers should establish the price to be paid for additional work including overtime.

All buyers should have a plan in place for selecting a supplier in the event of a tie bid.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should look for suppliers capable of providing the range of services desired and that have the ability to service multiple projects, if necessary.

Buyers should look for suppliers with experience servicing or creating urban designs that are similar in size and complexity.

Buyers should look for suppliers with flexible schedules.

Buyers should look for suppliers with clearly defined pricing instructions.

Project Schedule

Buyers should include a proposal duration suggesting when vendors are required to submit their project bids.

Buyers should include the date when the award will be announced.

Buyers should include any benchmark dates relevant to the project that suppliers should be aware of.

Buyers should include the intended duration of the service contract.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

The upstream supply chain for urban design services poses minimal risk to suppliers. Strong demand for computers and software ensures stability within the computer manufacturing and wholesale markets, while robust competition from substitutes (i.e. tablet computers) limits the risk of price shocks from these vendors. Meanwhile, a wide range of... Subscribe to learn more.