Hiring: Intermediate Urban Designer

We are looking for an Intermediate Urban Designer to join our award-winning team. Some of our most significant contributions to the fabric of the GTA include the Reconfiguration of the Six Points InterchangeEglinton Connects Planning + Urban Design StudyNeighbourhoods Character Design Guidelines for the City of Toronto, and the Dundas Connects Land Use and Transportation Master Plan for the City of Mississauga.

SvN offers full health benefits, a deferred profit sharing plan and a generous professional development allowance. Our airy, bright suite of offices is located at 110 Adelaide Street East, near the St. Lawrence market in downtown Toronto.

Position Summary

As part of our Urban Design team, the Intermediate Urban Designer will work closely within a multi-disciplinary practice of planners, urban designers, landscape architects and architects on behalf of both public and private sector clients. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing, managing and implementing urban design projects at multiple scales, from integrated site design to corridor + neighbourhood development to city-wide design + strategy.

Key Responsibilities

  • Interpret design briefs and understand/work within process from background analysis, through to option development and implementation;
  • Conduct preliminary background analysis including research of existing planning and regulatory context, as well as existing and planned development context; fluency with Provincial, Regional and local planning and design guideline documents (Growth Plan 2017, Big Move, Regional Transportation Plan; Official Plan, By-laws, Guidelines);
  • Develop conceptual and/or framework diagrams, plans, sections, elevations, perspectives (by hand and/or digitally) in a highly graphic capacity;
  • Imbue technical understanding of urban design elements into development of work.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning and/or Urban Design;
  • 6 + years of urban design experience;
  • Exceptional communication, organization and interpersonal skills;
  • Professional Registration or working towards with OAA, OALA or OPPI or equivalent an asset;
  • Solid technical understanding of/experience with public realm design, in particular the integration between transit, streetscape, land use and the built environment and application in city-wide scale contexts;
  • Proficiency in graphic tools including Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, and Revit. Experience with GIS and MicroStation an additional asset.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to apply by sending cover letter, CV and portfolio (or link to your portfolio) with subject line Intermediate Urban Designer to While we thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

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