Senior Urban Designer

WATG WATG Employer:
Irvine, CA, USLocation:
Wed, Jul 13 '22Posted on:

WATG is the world’s preeminent destination and hospitality design firm. We are employee-owned, 76 years’ young and home to nearly 400 creative, globe-trotting professionals located remotely and in our hub offices in California, New York, London, Singapore and Shanghai.

We are known for our signature ‘people and planet first’ approach to design, applying a hospitality ethos to developments of all shapes and sizes. We offer everything from initial feasibility studies through to the finishing touches and we are one of only a small number of design firms globally that operate as an integrated, multidisciplinary practice.  Along with our interior design studio – Wimberly Interiors – we specialize in hospitality, entertainment + gaming, urban + mixed-use and high-end residential design.

Independent to this day, we passionately believe that culture and heritage are the roots that lead to long-term resilience for all businesses. We were founded in Honolulu in 1945 and the spirit of the islands taught us to focus on community strength, self-reliance and sustainability – which we still prioritize today. We stay true to our values of designing spaces that respect, protect and enhance the natural magic of their surroundings while delivering long-term value for our clients and their communities.

When we travel – which we all love to do – we leave a destination with greater respect and understanding of the impact we have on the world, for the space we occupy. As of 2022, our global yet local team, representing more than 45 nationalities and speaking 40 languages, has designed and delivered over 500 built projects in 170 countries and territories. Our spaces and places welcome more than 100,000 guests and visitors every day.

The Irvine office of WATG is hiring a Senior Urban Designer. This position will have a hybrid work schedule with days in the office and work from home days.


Summary of Position

A Senior Urban Designer at WATG leads by example, will work closely with Principals/Design Directors, to manage and mentor master planning and urban design staff. This person collaborates with architects and landscape architects at WATG, and other professional consultant team members to plan, design, coordinate and present ideas relating to a variety of projects including hospitality, residential, mixed-use, entertainment and support facilities and occur in a variety of natural, rural and urban settings – from island, to coastal, to mountain to deserts, across Asia, the Middle East, North and Central America. Successful candidates will possess a background in planning, urban design and/or architecture and have a demonstrated ability to communicate design ideas verbally and graphically using well developed interpersonal, analytical, graphical and communication skills. While this position manages and directs other staff, this is a hands-on role that involves research, analysis, and significant amounts of drawing. The person will also work closely with project managers to drive the delivery of project deadlines within established budgets and schedules.



  • Lead the development of creative design concepts on a wide range of master planning and urban design projects including:
    • Large-scale master planned development
    • Mixed-use and infill development
    • Resort and hospitality destination master plan
    • Community and neighborhood-scale master planning and design
    • Vision master planning
  • Demonstrate design competency and creativity in producing design sketches, site planning, analysis diagrams, site sections, footprint layouts, 3D models, and presentations for urban design and master planning projects.
  • Expertise in writing and compiling a variety of document types, including planning report, technical memorandum, design narratives, project approach and design guidelines.
  • Perform land use ideation and program development
  • Be able to travel domestically and internationally for site visits and onsite workshops
  • Interface with clients, sub-consultants, and other professionals during all stages of complex and multi-disciplinary project development, to ensure coordinated, cohesive, and informed responses or engagement



  • 7-15 years of experiences of urban design, urban planning, or architecture practices demonstrating an increasing amount of project leadership and management responsibilities.
  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture or landscape architecture
  • Bachelor degree in urban design, planning, landscape architecture, or architecture
  • Advanced knowledge and experiences with land use planning, residential, retail, commercial and mixed-use development typologies
  • Extensive technical experiences with physical design and planning including site planning and programming, building layout, development yields, and massing modelling
  • Excellent graphic skills, including hand sketch ability, visualization renderings, plans, and document layout
  • Proficiency in writing and verbal communication skills to lead and support project presentations, project coordination, and client communications.
  • Proven track record of teamwork spirit and willing to mentor junior staffs
  • Working knowledge and experiences with sustainable design and planning
  • Ability to work with the supporting team efficiently and flexibly on multiple projects simultaneously
  • REQUIRED: Proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch Up or Rhino3D
  • PREFERRED: LEED AP or other sustainability accreditation, AICP


About us

WATG is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our team members. Depending on your employment status, WATG benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D and disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, retirement benefits, wellness and well-being, and business travel. All full-time employees become Qualified Trust Members upon their two-year anniversary with WATG. 

WATG is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. WATG is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. WATG is an EEO/AA M/F/V/D employer.


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