Urban Studio Lead

David Baker Architects

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Urban Studio Lead

DBA’s Urban Design Studio provides a unique opportunity to work at both the urban and architectural scale. The Urban Studio Lead is a strategic leader, with ownership for the development and growth of DBA_Urban. This includes leading projects through all stages, developing new and existing clients, preparing and presenting proposals for projects, and mentoring junior team members. The incumbent will have a background in both architecture and urban design, be well-versed in housing rules of thumb, and be comfortable leading projects as the primary client point of contact. This role will develop strategies for our urban scale work, and work may extend to the architectural scale that arises from our urban design and planning work: DBA doesn’t just plan neighborhoods, we often design the buildings within them.


Act as project manager and main point of contact for all urban design projects, managing projects from inception through conclusion
Lead complex negotiations with clients, contractors and community groups, and deliver proposal presentations at formal design reviews
Conduct site and neighborhood analysis, test fits, and vision planning
Facilitate project kickoff, and manage timelines throughout all phases of the project
Plan and lead community meetings
Sketch initial site plan with Principal input for all projects
Coordinate with urban designer throughout the production process
Evaluate all prospective urban design projects for feasibility
Conduct zoning analysis and execute land use and urban design evaluation to identify development project opportunities
Ensure adherence to relevant local, regional, state, and/or federal regulations, as well as DBA design requirements
Prepare planning studies and varied technical information
Prepare design guidelines for open space, building form, project review and site planning.
Prepare site layouts as well as land subdivision plans for industrial, residential, tourist, and mixed use developments.
Perform site plus context evaluation and identify opportunities along with constraints to maximize good urban design potential.
Mentor and coach team members on urban planning concepts, standards, and design
Share and speak on behalf of DBA and/or clients at public meetings or conferences
Develop and present plans to partners, decision makers, and other relevant stakeholders
Drive business development opportunities


8 years of professional experience in Architecture and/or Urban Design
Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Urban Design, or Architecture
Deep knowledge of and experience in urban design planning, including a track record of shaping, directing and delivering large scale projects
Experience leading a multi-faceted team, including mentoring and coaching junior team members as needed
Multifamily Housing experience, especially with affordable housing communities
Skilled in business development
Strong design skills and graphic sensibility
Effectiveness in visual communication, including both internal and external communication
Strong public speaking and presentation skills, and comfortable with representing the public face of DBA_Urban
Ability to work autonomously and drive projects to completion
Revit Experience
Zoning analysis experience
Actively involved in ULI, AIA and APA, and maintains current knowledge of trends, laws, and regulations in the industry

Masters degree in Urban Design
Project tracking and fee proposal experience
Hand-sketching skills
Previous work in Bay Area jurisdictions
Strong Adobe Suite skills
Business development experience in a relevant industry/area
Benefits include:

Individual health insurance
10 paid holidays
15 days paid time off
Parental leave
Continuing education/Tuition reimbursement
Profit sharing

No phone calls please. Please send a digital submission following these instructions:

Subject line: “DBA Urban Lead 2021”

Address: careers@dbarchitect.com

Attention: Yasmine Elkabir

Attachment: Please combine the following documents into a single PDF with a maximum size of 3 MB (one file), formatted to print on 8.5 x 11 paper (landscape or portrait).

File name: LastName_FirstName_DBAUrban_Date.pdf

Cover letter
Work samples
No phone calls of recruiters. We appreciate you interest in this position—only candidates under consideration will be contacted. DBA cannot offer sponsorship for employment.


To apply for this job email your details to careers@dbarchitect.com