Urban Design / Planner I


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Urban Planning 27 days ago SCB Chicago, IL, USA

SCB is seeking an innovative, creative, and thoughtful urban designer/planner to join our collaborative urban planning practice in Chicago. Responsible for project development, research, and technical coordination of an assigned planning project, while working under the supervision of a Project Manager, Senior Planner or Principal.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contributes to general preparation of planning documents, technical writing, concept design representations, and studies of various types as directed by project leaders
  • Assists in preparation of the work products in conjunction with senior team leaders including the format of drawings, mock-ups, schedules, data summaries and specifications or descriptions
  • Prepares design and technical drawings and written descriptions.  Performs project related research on particular topics associated with the assignment
  • Develops and coordinates work with others on project team.
  • Researches local regulatory requirements as they relate to the project and checks documents for compliance
  • Effectively organizes work efforts based on assigned time-frames for project completion.  Implements strategies for correction when tasks take longer than expected or when unexpected impediments to progress occur.
  • Exhibits a results oriented attitude and takes initiative toward all aspects of the project assignment
  • Understands basic zoning, building and accessibility code requirements and applies this criteria in work performed.
  • Contributes to team effort by cooperative and interactive working methods
  • Seeks input and direction from supervisor at appropriate times while striving to generate solutions independently
  • Understands and conforms to SCB’s procedures and CAD standard and other drawing standards, implements accordingly.
  • Works effectively in a team atmosphere with a willingness to learn.  Supports the project and studio team constructively at all times.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills / Attributes

  • A bachelor’s degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or related field with a strong focus on urban design and the built environment.
  • 2 or more years of urban design, landscape design, master planning, and/or urban planning project experience.
  • Proven ability in design thinking and creative problem solving.
  • Knowledge of sustainable design practices.
  • Demonstrated understanding of urban design and architectural design, including building form, site planning, land use planning, and zoning codes.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (especially InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator), ESRI / GIS, AutoCAD, and one 3D modeling program (such as Sketch-up or Rhino) required. Experience with Revit and/or ArcGIS Pro software desired.
  • Knowledge of online engagement tools and the ability to prepare simple websites is also desired.
  • Organized, with high quality written, graphic, and verbal communication skills.