Urban Designer

GGLO GGLO Employer:
Seattle, WA, USLocation:
Thu, Mar 24 '22Posted on:

The award-winning team at GGLO, a collaborative design firm, seeks an Urban Designer for our Seattle office.

About GGLO

GGLO is a design practice for architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and interior design. With offices in Boise, Seattle, and Los Angeles, we work as a single, collaborative studio focused on connecting people through beauty and innovation. We create projects which are visionary, contextually appropriate, and culturally resonant.

About the Role

The best urban design solutions foster public life through an evolutionary and inclusive approach to city making, neighborhood spaces, and connections.  Designing at the urban scale requires a comprehensive and wide-ranging systems approach, be it a masterplan for a new city or district, the revitalization of a neighborhood, or for planning a new mixed-use development.  It is an undertaking that must include a vision at large scale, that follows through to the small details.  Our team combines knowledge from multiple disciplines, with a passion for understanding complex systems of social, environmental, and technological evolution in the urban environment.

An Urban Designer at GGLO, works closely with Principals and Senior Urban Design staff to design neighborhoods and spaces.  This person collaborates with architects and landscape architects at GGLO, and other professional consultant team members to plan, design, coordinate and present ideas relating to a variety of residential and urban mixed-use planning and design projects. This is a hands-on role that involves research, analysis, and significant amounts of drawing.  Digital tools are used for urban design and planning graphics, and are both 2D and 3D, for presentation and deliverable package preparation. Support for public presentation and community engagement work will also be required.

Project work will require a focus on new urban development, transit-oriented development, revitalization and neighborhood redevelopment, comprehensive and small area plans and site-scale master planning. GGLO projects include large-site, mixed-use environments, and re-imagination of former retail centers and other existing developments as new urban neighborhoods.  Additional project work includes developments at scale, like those contemplated by HUD’s past and future HOPE VI and CNI programs. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Design support for the planning and urban design of multiple projects, taking direction from Principals and Senior Urban Designers
  • Demonstrate understanding of GGLO’s design philosophy of projects and produce visual representation to support that philosophy
  • Perform meaningful research to explore studies to merge with local code and zoning regulations
  • Use research to compare buildings and sites, analyze the effects of design on surrounding fabrics, determine the location of programs, and explore possible building envelopes, materials, and building shape options
  • Incorporate current planning trends regarding transportation, sustainability, and community engagement into work
  • Incorporate Integrated Sustainable Design strategies and solutions into projects, with an eye toward those that are Climate Positive
  • Work at a variety of scales from streetscape and public space design to district/campus level planning
  • Assist GGLO’s computational design team in developing dynamic parametric tools to be used in exploring strategic development plan alternatives, and in developing presentations for clients and stakeholders
  • Generate solutions by providing schemes, design options and ideas to assist in the preparation of presentation packages that follow GGLO presentation standards using various software tools (Rhino, Sketch-Up, V-Ray, Revit, and other tools)


  • Coordinate with the larger project team including interface with owner, consultants, and contractor
  • Assist with organization of team members, tasks, and meetings
  • Actively participate in, and promote a collaborative and innovative culture, with other staff.
  • Assist in preparation of proposals and qualifications statements



  • Employ creative thinking abilities and contribute to firm-wide design excellence and problem solving, including active participation in firm design dialogue
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between design and constructability
  • Grow presentation skills through communication of ideas and designs clearly and professionally in line with the overall project goals and vision internally to GGLO
  • Demonstrate the ability to organize and prioritize your own work efforts
  • Grow your range of responsibility through demonstration of quality and timely completion of assignments

Education and Experience

  • Architecture or Landscape Architecture Licensure complete (preferred) or in-process with a clear plan for completion
  • LEED ND, ILFI, or similar accreditation preferred
  • Experience in mixed-use development (including the design parameters of those building types) with an understanding of building form and space planning from prior experience (preferably from an architecture firm)
  • Experience with zoning analysis, the entitlement process, and public involvement
  • Experience with public and private sectors in the Pacific Northwest, Mountain West, and/or Southern California is beneficial 


  • Ability and interest in representing design concepts at the city block and campus scale with strong interest in urban design and integrating urban form, streetscapes, open space, and circulation
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe Suite, Sketchup, MS Office, and InDesign
  • Experience with Rhino, Revit, Enscape, and Lumion preferred
  • Strong level of knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS also preferred
  • Eagerness to expand knowledge in planning, landscape architecture and architecture for a variety of project types and scales
  • Critical thinking and strong communication skills (graphic, written, and interpersonal)
  • Eagerness to grow ability to work independently AND in a highly collaborative team environment
  • Excellent hand-drawing skills


  • 5 or more years of experience focused on urban design and master planning (can be within architecture and/or landscape architecture firms)
  • Degree in Architecture or Landscape Architecture
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe Suite, Sketchup, MS Office, and InDesign
  • Current authorization to work in the United States


We offer a stimulating and exciting team-oriented design environment where our employees are challenged to bring their best creative spirit to their work.  Our workplace is respectful and diverse, with teams that thrive on engagement, learning and innovation.  We take great pride in working together to deliver the highest-quality design solutions for our clients, and leading innovative design into the future. Additionally, we offer paid licensure and industry memberships, professional development, mentorship programs, and a collaborative, stable environment.  Along with competitive salaries, we offer a generous benefit package including fully paid Medical, Dental, Vision, Short- and Long-Term Disability, Life Insurance, 401K with employer match program, time off, transit subsidy, bicycle parking, pet friendly atmosphere, annual Profit-Sharing contributions, as well as an annual discretionary bonus opportunity for all employees.

Please visit our careers page at to apply or click the Apply button if visible. We look forward to hearing from you!

GGLO, LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and maintaining an inclusive culture.

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