Design Director

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Minneapolis, MN, USLocation:
Mon, Dec 30 '19Posted on:


Coen+Partners is seeking multiple landscape architects and urban designers, from early-career to senior-level experience, for full time, or long-term contract positions in support of a wide range of regional and global urban projects. 

Candidates would support existing and new project teams working on local, regional, and national urban public realm projects , Department of State Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO) Design Excellence projects, and international work that includes city-wide public realm networks detailed design of more than 1,000 acres of urban park and recreation space, multiple transit-oriented development districts,  comprehensive green and blue infrastructure, and an integrated health and wellness program.

Candidates must be passionate about design and strategic design thinking, proactive problem-solvers, and highly skilled in conceptualizing, developing and implementing sophisticated and complex landscapes and urban design projects. Key responsibilities for these positions will include leading the design of projects in a multi-disciplinary team setting, fostering a collaborative team environment, and supporting the development of new systems and processes to improve project delivery. These positions will be integral in project visioning, client and community engagement, business development, and the long-range growth and diversification of the studio. 

Coen+Partners is a highly collaborative design studio that is actively working to push the boundaries of the Landscape Architecture practice.  Our work is rigorous, mission-driven, and constantly evolving.

We are committed to empowering our 26-person team to develop design solutions that push beyond best practices, addressing a wide range of civic issues through innovative process, design strategies, and implementation. 

Applications should include the following:

  • A cover letter that describes your specific interests in the industry, your background, and your long-range career goals
  • A resume that clearly identifies years and roles in the industry, past experience, and education (academic and professional)
  • A portfolio of work, identifying for each project your specific role in each stage, the scale and location of the project, the role of the firm (subconsultant or lead), and key lessons learned from the project.

Applications should be sent to


The Design Director will collaborate with Principals and Project Managers to lead design visioning across multiple projects throughout the office.  They will be critical to the future development of the Coen+Partners brand identity.  They will be actively engaged in business development, as well as the growth and mentorship of staff. 

Preferred candidates will have the following attributes:

  • 8-20 years of design experience in a progressive studio environment
  • Experience overseeing and driving the design process of multi-disciplinary teams on a range of project sizes
  • Ability to mentor and develop staff across all skill levels
  • Ability to direct the design of multiple projects at once, collaborating with project managers and design team members
  • Developed understanding and approach to contemporary and context-based design
  • Discipline and confidence in complex projects and a keen understanding of the detailed design process and documentation and managerial requirements of project construction
  • Experience with BIM documentation
  • Desire and ability to travel internationally
  • Fluency in Arabic is not required, but beneficial

Minimally a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Planning or Urban Design from an accredited program (Master’s degree preferred).

  • Develop and lead the design of public realm projects through an iterative design process including research, sketching, discussions, and evaluation of results
  • Develop planning, urban design, and landscape architecture concepts that provide strong connections to context, communities, and neighborhoods
  • Advance and evolve the Coen+Partners brand and design process
  • Foster a collaborative team environment through mentorship, engaging others in the design process, and challenging team members to excel
  • Work with project managers to develop detailed workplans, schedules, and budgets for the management of a multi-disciplinary design team
  • Assist in preparing, coordinating, and participating in workshops and charettes with large project teams and clients
  • Develop working relationships with other firms, clients, and government agencies through the course of a project
  • Work directly with clients throughout a project, actively representing their interests as well as the interests of Coen+Partners and the project as a whole
  • Mentor and empower junior design staff in the conceptual design effort, detailed design development, and quality control efforts during all phases of project work
  • Develop a strong vision for a project and empower teams to maintain that vision throughout the design and construction process
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