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Thu 19 May ’22Posted on:

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PAU is accepting applications for a full-time mid-level urban designer with 2-5 years of experience. The successful candidate will share our passion for design and innovation and be committed to developing exemplary work in a motivated and collaborative manner.

Responsibilities shall include, but are not limited to:

  • Work individually or in collaboration with teams; report to the project manager and/or director and meet project deadlines in a timely manner.
  • Generation of detailed 3D digital models to be used as a design tool, but also for representation and analysis.
  • Create drawings and diagrams with an emphasis on narrative and analytical qualities. A range of media is encouraged, but Creative Suite programs are a minimum requirement.
  • Prepare presentations and layouts of written materials in InDesign for internal process and communication with clients and stakeholders.
  • Conduct research on site history, context, regulatory regimes and planning frameworks; and use this research to help develop the project’s narrative.
  • Present material to clients and stakeholders virtually and in person.
  • Attend public meetings and other stakeholder outreach events and use these experiences to inform project development.
  • Maintain files including drawings, documents, specifications, correspondence and all other project materials in an organized manner following firm protocols.
  • Ensure that all product deliverables adhere to company standards and project manager or director guidelines.

Experience and qualifications:

  • Professional bachelor’s degree in architecture of at least 5 years or accredited master’s degree in architecture with a concentration in urban design or urban planning (or specific study program). A 4-year Bachelor of Architecture (BS or BA) could be considered if the program is rigorous (minimum 4 studios) and combined with a relevant master’s degree in real estate development, public policy or similar fields, and additional work experience in urban design, planning or development.
  • 2 to 5 years of experience in architecture, urban design and/or planning.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States

Applicants must have:

  • Excellent communication skills with fluency in English (spoken and written) and ability to ensure accuracy and professionalism in all communications.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Rhino 3D and Adobe Creative Suite; knowledge of best practices for working between software.
  • Basic understanding of GIS to use as source material for 3D models and drawings.
  • Understanding of materials, construction techniques and zoning/building codes.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work on multiple fast-paced projects and meet project deadlines.
  • Interest and experience in urban design and city-scale work.
  • A strong desire to grow as a design and planning professional.

Applicants with any of these additional skills are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Advanced GIS for analysis, focused on representing complex datasets clearly and consistently with the graphical language of a project.
  • Grasshopper and/or python scripting with a focus on inputting and outputting data from Rhino and creating tools that other team members can use.
  • Revit in a large-scale planning context; production of drawing sets for rezoning and rights.
  • Animation using a range of software to create “dynamic diagrams” to illustrate complex ideas.
  • Architectural and/or street photography with a focus on establishing a narrative for project contexts.
  • Clear, yet lyrical writing for a variety of audiences such as business development, stories of rights projects and simple explanations of complex ideas for lay people in stakeholder engagement processes. Writing samples are welcome as part of your application.
  • Revision of grammar and style as well as accuracy of technical, cultural and historical content.
  • Advanced research skills online (familiarity with public databases for demographics, land ownership, real estate transactions, etc.), in archives and scholarly journals.
  • Basic understanding of real estate financial models and proficiency in the language and concepts used for coordination with developers and economic analysts.
  • Hand drawing for diagrams and vignettes.
  • Photorealistic rendering capabilities emphasizing narrative and human experience.
  • Experience designing and coordinating the fabrication of large-scale mock-ups for public places.
  • Fluency in languages ‚Äč‚Äčother than English, ability to use these skills in professional and technical contexts as well as for stakeholder engagement.
  • The ability to travel domestically and internationally.

Office structure: We have adopted a hybrid schedule. We are physically in our Union Square office from 1-6pm, Monday-Thursday. We work remotely in the morning and all day Friday. Staff are welcome to work in the office full-time if they prefer.

This position is for our New York, NY office or a fully remote position in Washington State with occasional in-person meetings with another remote worker.

Salary/Benefits: We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • 90% coverage for medical, dental and vision care for employees and 50% for their families
  • Fully paid life insurance
  • Fully paid short and long term disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan
  • $100/month payment for student loans after first year of employment
  • 50% coverage for the Citibike subscription
  • Reduced gym membership options
  • FSA plans
  • Paid leave, sick leave and statutory holidays
  • Two (2) weeks of remote work per year
  • License Support
  • Summer Fridays between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and the office is closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day

All applicants must have legal working status in the United States. PAU is an equal opportunity employer.

For immediate and confidential consideration, please send your CV and a portfolio including both professional and academic work to No freelancers or contractors. No phone calls please.

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