Urban Designer

Populous Populous Employer:
Kansas City, MO, USLocation:
Tue, Jun 11 '19Posted on:

Populous is a very unique practice with a focus on design experiences.
We design the places where people love to be together. This is our singular purpose.
We use the power of design to transform neighborhoods, revitalize cities, build relationships and connect people to being part of something bigger.
Populous is where architects and designers of all kinds create moments bigger than ourselves. We’re a global specialized design firm with local roots in 9 cities across Americas.
Populous offers the best of both worlds: the resources and impact of the design giants and the tightly-knit atmosphere and growth opportunities of smaller firms.
WHY we design
To amplify the joy in shared moments.
HOW we do it
+ Architecture + Interior Design + Event Design + Landscape Design + Master Planning + Urban Design + Graphic Design + Product Design

WHAT we look for
+ Entrepreneurial spirit + Down to-earth nature + Trendsetting ideas + Unyielding passion + Adaptability + Curiosity + Vision + Energy + Culture enabling

Do you have the following traits?
Proactive, confident self-starter
Visionary and competitive
Self-sufficient and thrives in a project-oriented environment
Adept at winning and influencing others while managing multiple, time-sensitive projects
Innovative and multi-dimensional thinker
The preferred candidate will have an interest in working in a dynamic and collaborative global design environment with a diverse range of public assembly building types; including the design of sports venues, convention centers, community buildings and transportation facilities.
We are seeking passionate, creative, engaged, and technically proficient Urban Designers to join us in a dynamic and collaborative design atmosphere. Applicants must possess exceptional design and technical abilities.

  • Work as part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team on all facets of projects, frequently involving sports/entertainment venues and integrated mixed-use development districts.
  • Specific tasks will include preparing for and attending key client interviews, focus groups, and presentations as well as developing graphics and written content for a wide variety of design documents and publications.
  • All other duties and responsibilities as required.


  • Excellent design, graphics, and visualization skills, with both analogue and digital abilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Specific understanding of place-making and community-based design, including urban design principles for various building typologies, road hierarchies, and public spaces.
  • Proficiency in 2D/3D software, including Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper, 3D Studio Max, Sketch-Up, Illustrator, Civil 3D, Microsoft Office and all Adobe suite programs.
  • Complete duties with minimal supervision; responsible for quality of work product.
  • Ability to verbally present design products and project descriptions in public-speaking settings.
  • Ability to prioritize and concurrently service multiple projects.
  • Maintain effective communication with project team members.
  • Interacts well with other disciplines and clients in a manner that builds productive relationships.
  • A passion for design and place making.


  • Urban designer, graduate architect or graduate landscape architect with a passion for working in complex urban contexts.
  • 3-10 years of experience in urban design.
  • Professional registration preferred but not required.

Populous offers a competitive salary, bonus and benefit packages, including medical, dental and vision coverage, 401k, flexible spending accounts, paid time off and continuing education benefits.  Populous is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law.
4 time-Fast Company Most Innovative Company
#21 - Architect Magazine’s Architect 50 List
250 International, national and local design awards
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Twitter: @Populous 

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