Wooley (1985) indicated that architects are vital players in the planning arena because they can use figures, drawings and other visual aids as a means of thinking through seeing. In the same manner, the urban design planners are the ones who can effectively connect the concept of beauty (aesthetic) with usefulness (practicality), and structural integrity (engineering) with other positive attributes essential to a satisfactory physical environment e.g. robustness, permeability, etc. (responsiveness). These are interlinked concepts, and the achievement of a good balance of these concepts is vital to the success of the urban development plans.
According to Bentley, et.al. (1985), structures and spaces should offer its users a wide array of choices in order to maximise their benefits. The built environment should provide its users with an essentially democratic setting. Again, among all those involved, it is the urban design planner who is the most capable one in ensuring this aspect given his background discipline.
A good urban design planner does not strictly need well-honed skills in design analysis. But he/she certainly has to know what to look for and what questions to ask. He/she always must recognise that there are limits to his/her own experience and outlook and therefore, working with others and consultations with those whom the urban design and plans are intended for will always have better results in terms of responsiveness. Working with other players too is important. Moreover, they must go out and be in touch with the reality that is happening outside of their office. What is learned in the four corners of the classroom should be supplemented with hands-on experience in the field. That "experience is the best teacher", is true.