Urban Designer | Entry- to Mid-Level Experience

Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects Employer:
Denver, CO, USLocation:
Tue, Apr 5 '22Posted on:

Firm Overview 

We are a 60+ person Colorado-based firm that specializes in integrated urban infill mixed-use projects. We’ve worked successfully in a variety of different project types from small scale office and restaurant interiors, to arts and athletic education buildings, boutique hotels, platinum rated office buildings, luxury residential communities, and large-scale urban planning efforts. No matter the size, use or type, almost all our projects have complex programs and unique constraints that create innovative solutions.    

Our team is passionate about helping great cities and communities grow appropriately and sustainably. Paying attention to the way places get built, the way they respond to their surrounding context, and how the spaces in between the buildings inform the user and pedestrian experience allows us to put this passion into practice. We’ve been fortunate to be a leading voice on a number of large planning projects that are playing an important role in the future of Denver – The River Mile, Stadium District, Sun Valley EcoDistrict, and 9th & Colorado, to name a few. We’re also actively working on updating the University of Denver’s Campus Framework Plan, and we’re helping a neighboring mountain community re-envision their town as a mixed-use destination that attracts visitors all year round.  

We function as a studio environment that exemplifies our attitude towards collaboration - we are all in this together. We believe that drawing is thinking and that communicating well, through models, drawings, and words, is paramount to creating successful projects. Above all, we are a firm that is founded on working hard, being in it together, and having fun along the way. If you enjoy this type of working environment, we would love to meet you! Our office is across from Denver’s Union Station in the Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood.  

Minimum Qualifications 

  • 1-3 years of professional work experience as an Urban Designer 

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree from an accredited university with coursework in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, real estate, and/or urban design 

  • Advanced skill in free hand drawing and conceptual diagramming 

  • Advanced skill in digital software such as SketchUp, Rhino, Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and other visualization programs 

  • Exceptional talent in early phases of the planning and design process is required as well as a deep understanding of urban design and architectural principles 

  • Team oriented and a willingness to be engaged in all aspects of the firm 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • A combination of professional design and planning experience is highly desirable 

  • Interest in mixed-use, commercial, residential, and academic market sectors 

  • Basic knowledge in visualization tools (Enscape, Lumion, LandF/X) and/or data/geospatial analysis (ArchGIS, Tableau) a plus 

  • Professional experience in Colorado and/or the Mountain West a plus 


  • Provide support on a wide range of architectural and planning project types and scales. 

  • Generate sophisticated design ideas, conducting high-level research, identifying, and documenting precedents and relevant site studies, envisioning, and developing diagrams, rendering illustrative plans, and contributing to all manner of graphic and visual production 

  • Communicate design and planning concepts both graphically and verbally 

  • Integrate physical, social, economic, and sustainable factors into responsible designs for our clients 


Applicants should submit their resume, portfolio and cover letter to Veronica Tischler in PDF form at with “SAR+ JOB” identified in the subject line. Applications without a portfolio will not be accepted.  

We appreciate your interest in our firm!   

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