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City of Vancouver

Planner II - Urban Design (City Design Studio)

Employer/Organization: City of Vancouver

Closing: August 2nd 2020 11:59 PM PST


Requisition ID: 19575 


The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of BC's Top Employers, Canada's Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose and Function

The City Design Studio is a multi-disciplinary urban design group within the Department of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability (PDS) that provides direction, guidance and support in the physical design of Vancouver’s built environments.

This is a complex professional urban design position that will be responsible for leading, contributing and working collaboratively on large scale, multi-disciplinary urban design projects from the area plan to the city scale. The successful applicant will contribute to: the development, analysis, visualization and evaluation of major project and area plan options; coordination, support, development and implementation of urban design projects; provide support to PDS programs; and consult with and advise other departments, external agencies, and proponents. 

Among other responsibilities supporting a broad range of PDS plans and programs, the position will provide urban design support for Major Projects, including a comprehensive planning program to create a policy statement to guide the future development of the Jericho Lands.  This role includes supervision of junior staff. 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide professional urban design input and advice for selected major projects and area plans.  
  • Conceptualize, develop, test, refine, analyse and provide constructive comment on structure plan concepts, principles and urban design approaches.
  • Exploration/testing of building and public realm/right-of-way typologies at an area level.
  • Document and present complex urban design themes and analysis, including: illustrative work, report writing, meeting facilitation, and presentations to other staff, management, Council and community stakeholders.
  • Work collaboratively and in an integrated way with other members of the City Design Studio, the Major Projects team, the Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability Department, other City Departments, and the external consultant teams.
  • Supervise professional, technical, and clerical staff engaged in the work.
  • Support and facilitate public consultations including community events, workshops and meetings (including weekday evenings and weekends)


Education and Experience

  • A University graduate degree in Planning, Urban Design, Architecture or Landscape Architecture
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Planning Institute of British Columbia
  • Extensive professional experience in urban design (5+ years preferred) including experience in the private sector, or an equivalent combination of University education and experience.
  • Extensive experience integrating various layers of urban design (including built form, land use, open space, transportation, infrastructure and public life) and working across scales from building typologies, public places and spaces, to blocks, precincts, major project sites, area plans, neighbourhood and city-wide frameworks.
  • Experience working in a design capacity, from concept through to detailed design, on a range of project scales.
  • Experience providing review, advice and comment on urban design and architecture proposals and applications desired.  
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities, and reflecting cultural values and design principles in site design is an asset.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional interpersonal, public engagement and communications skills while engaging with communities, external agencies, other City staff, consultant teams and the public.
  • Demonstrated design ability through a range of scales. 
  • Demonstrated experience in conceptualizing, modeling, analyzing and visualizing urban design concepts , public realm and building typologies 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in human centred design to support sociability, well-being, and community resilience from the building to the area scale.  
  • Superior 3D modelling and data analytic skills particularly at the district scale. 
  • Strong graphic visualization and representation capabilities in a variety of mediums
  • Considerable knowledge of public consultation, land use issues, site planning, urban design, transportation, and sustainable design practices is essential. 
  • Considerable skill in collaborative decision making, negotiation, conflict resolution, and interest-based problem solving. 
  • Ability to lead and collaborate on project teams and be accountable for developing work plans and completing deliverables on time in a  high pressure environment. 
  • Ability to supervise staff assigned to various projects and direct the work of consultants engaged on planning projects.
  • Ability to develop planning policies, regulations and guidelines.
  • Ability to facilitate public consultation processes.
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex issues through Council reports and presentations, or comparable documentation and presentations. 
  • Full working knowledge of GIS, AutoCAD, Sketchup, and the Adobe Creative Suite is required.  Experience in Rhino and Grasshopper is an asset. 


Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date:  September, 2020

Position End Date: September, 2022 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-031: $48.78 to $57.7 per hour


Application Close: August 2, 2020

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At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities. 

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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