Does this describe you?

You have been practicing urban design for several years and your primary focus is advancing your career as an accomplished urban designer in the field, working on multidisciplinary projects that address built form, land use, mobility, open space, and community issues. You are intrigued by ways to establish desirable relationships between private and public realms, curious about how various urban design interventions can translate to actual built form, and always strive to create meaningful and memorable experiences for people. Alongside others who share your passion, you want to use your design and planning skills to address complex urban issues through urban infill and revitalization, transit-oriented development, and master planning assignments at different scales. You want to be part of a firm that celebrates and embraces diversity, culture, environmental awareness, and sustainability. Your clients include cities and private developers, corporate and academic institutions, and quasi-government agencies. While urban design assignments are what primarily intrigue and motivate you, you are also interested in strengthening your project management skills and experience.

Primary Job Responsibilities 

  • Support the preparation of specific plans, master plans, corridor plans, objective design standards, zoning updates, and form-based codes.
  • Prepare concept plans, design studies, diagrams, scenario analysis, and 3d visualizations.
  • Communicate zoning and objective design standards using simple diagrams and 3d graphics, as well as develop visual simulations.
  • Develop graphic, user-friendly planning and urban design documents in InDesign.
  • Prepare presentations, boards, and activities to support meetings, virtual/on-line engagement, and in-person pop-up events.

If you're interested, here's a bit more:

We are seeking candidates to fill a full-time position in our San Diego or Sacramento office who have the following:

  • 5-7 years of professional experience working in California, and a degree in planning or urban design. 
  • Strong design skills, including the ability to communicate urban design and planning ideas graphically.
  • Advanced drawing and 3d modeling and rendering capabilities, with demonstrated experience in AutoCAD, SketchUp (or similar 3D modeling tool), and Lumion (or similar rendering tool), is a must. 
  • Advanced knowledge working with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and PowerPoint. Working knowledge of GIS is desirable. Experience with ESRI City Engine or ArcGIS Urban and/or Urban Footprint is a plus. 
  • Engaging interpersonal skills. Ability to work with others, develop creative solutions, and be collaborative as part of a fast-paced design studio is of high importance.
Ascent offers a supportive, fun, and intellectually challenging workplace environment with excellent benefits. We invest in our employees’ careers and welfare and strive to provide high-quality outcomes for our clients. We offer flexible hours, collegial teamwork, participation on important and challenging projects, opportunities to contribute to and join in service events for our local communities, and regular performance recognition.

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