eldo is Hiring: Urban Designer

Posted on June 11th, 2018 at 9:37 am by


el dorado is currently experiencing a great deal of growth in its Urban Design and Masterplanning opportunities, nationally and internationally. Our Urban Design practice engages dynamic projects in the private sector as well as urban design projects in the public sector, with a strong focus the intersection of innovative infrastructural systems and public space. In addition to best practices in sustainable, integrated urban design strategies, our unique practice model promotes catalytic public realm activation through a curated engagement of local stakeholders, world renown artists and cross disciplinary teams.

el dorado is seeking to hire an Urban Designer with significant project management experience. We seek a self-motivated designer with strong leadership skills, capable of leading complex, multi-disciplinary teams in directing masterplanning and urban design projects from start to finish.

Desired skills and expertise:
–At minimum, professional degree in Architecture and/or Urban Design. AICP or AICP CUD is preferred;

–Minimum of 8-10 years of professional experience;

–Strong technical skills and experience in coordinating and executing urban design projects at a variety of scales and contexts;

–An ability to work on public sector and private sector projects alike;

–Experience in the detailed and technical coordination of various city systems, including transportation, utilities, buildings, ecology, landscape, and environmental sustainability, and a demonstrated ability to leverage these systems to create meaningful civic engagement;

–An understanding of building typologies and building systems and a demonstrated ability to visually communicate how they impact urban form, transit oriented development and infrastructural systems;

–Experience in complex project phasing with a skill in managing strategic project phasing strategies;

–Distinct knowledge in the application of zoning and building codes, and research-based capacity to determine regulatory environments and development approvals for projects domestically and abroad;

–Proficiency in Revit, Rhino, Sketchup, Adobe Creative Suite, proficient graphic visualization abilities;

–Proven experience in technical documentation of urban design projects;

–Excellent communication skills with clients, consultants, and project teams;

–Ability to coordinate work-streams, problem-solve, check documents, and deliver projects.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and portfolio to Monica Allen by emailing: [email protected] with a subject line reading Urban Design Project Manager Candidate Response [your last name]. Please, no phone calls or drop ins. We are actively reviewing applications on a weekly basis. There is no deadline for submitting resumes and portfolios. el dorado is an equal opportunity employer that believes a dynamic creative community is enriched by diversity and inclusion. el dorado does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, family care status, protected veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law or humanist worldview.

About el dorado
Established in 1996, el dorado is an architecture, urban design, curatorial, education and fabrication practice located approximately in Kansas, Missouri. In the beginning, as equal parts art gallery, fabrication shop and design studio, we were known for fingerless gloves and raffish outbursts that helped jumpstart Kansas City’s emergent culture. Today, we work purposefully across scales and contexts, from city blocks to exhibitions, between critical ideas and our intangible, spiritual attachment to place. el dorado’s three partners and 28 staff — including 11 architects, a university professor, curators, industrial designers and certified welders — chase big ideas with a common touch.

Enlivening contradictions are coded within el dorado: yes, there’s the mythical city of gold, but we’re also named after a gas guzzler. Our core belief — design excellence is possible anywhere, for anyone — has us saying Hell Yes! to unexpected opportunities as often as, No!, we ain’t going down that dark road. We are equally as eager to upend industrial typologies as we are for ascendant collaborations with artists, bringing design integrity to low cost housing or starting critical design dialogues in rural America. Our Kansas City roots grant intimate knowledge of the strange magnetism that bridges flyover status with hard-earned belief in the possibilities of this place.

The mythologies and rigor of the Midwest flow through our practice, and we see the shared ethic between the astronaut’s moonshot and a farmer’s buckshot. el dorado seeks opportunities for everyday alchemy and radical normalcy throughout our polarized landscape. Our work creates common ground in the middle of everywhere.

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