Urban Designer – Houston: Job # 120911

SWA Group
Houston, Texas, 77008, USA
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Position available January 2012 with SWA Group in the Houston office. 


• Assist senior designers with project design efforts within a collaborative team structure and contribute to the development of design concepts for planning and urban design projects or all types and scales.

• Oversee the design delivery process, including project management support and production of work products

• Participate in project design teams and understand the requirements of project agreements, budgets and schedules and deadlines

• Work in a creative, collaborative and focused way with other staff, Associates and Principals

• Assist in the preparation of proposals when necessary and participate in interviews and public presentations as needed

• Foster an environment of mutual respect and trust among team members through clear and consistent communication



• 2-5 years of professional urban design / physical planning / architectural experience

• Degree in Urban Design and / or Architecture / Landscape Architecture

• Experience and / or interest in traditional neighborhood design (New Urbanist) projects and one or more of the following: mixed-use urban projects, community planning, campus planning or transit-related projects

• Expertise in LEED-ND, sustainable design practices and / or LEED certification a plus

Required Skills:

• Exceptionally strong urban design / master planning skills

• Fluency in Mandarin and English is mandatory

• Excellent communication skills including graphics, presentations, writing and translation (verbal and written)

• Demonstrated ability to manage daily work flow of projects and maintain client relationships

• Proficiency in hand drawing / sketching, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, SketchUp and MS Office


• One page cover letter with statement of interest / qualifications; specifically referring to this job posting number

• Resume with interests and prior responsibilities clearly articulated

• Letter size examples of work in PDF or hardcopy format

• Three (3) professional references

Submit to Maribel Amador at mamador@swagroup.com or via U.S. mail to:

SWA Group

1245 W. 18th Street

Houston, TX 77008

SWA is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Contact name: 
Maribel Amador
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