Urban Studio Lead

David Baker Architects David Baker Architects Employer:
San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Tue, Mar 8 '22Posted on:

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

  • LEED AP or GA

  • 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

  • 401(k)

  • Profit sharing



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

Subject line: "DBA Urban Lead 2021"


Attention: Bryant Rice

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

  1. Cover letter

  2. Resume

  3. 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.

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