Career Opportunities

Project Urban Designer Opening

Are you interested in helping shape projects that significantly improve urban environments? Are you passionate about enabling communities to achieve a more sustainable and equitable future?

Community Design + Architecture (CD+A) is looking for a uniquely thoughtful, talented, and enthusiastic Project Urban Designer to join our team.

We need a skilled designer or planner with strong design and writing abilities with 5-10 years of experience with interest ranging from policy development to getting projects built. Someone who is experienced in working at various scales ranging from the details of streetscape, public open space, and transit facility design to sustainable complete and green streets, urban revitalization and planning of corridors and districts, and city and regional transportation and land use projects. You will have the opportunity to grow personally and professionally as part of the CD+A team. For candidates with demonstrated level of experience and skills, we see you moving into project management quickly.

We are a small multidisciplinary urban design firm in downtown Oakland with a regional and national practice focusing on multimodal streets and quick build projects, public realm design, land use/transportation planning, community design, and sustainable infrastructure. We are leaders in walkable and transit-oriented communities, public space design, green sustainable infrastructure and multimodal streets, and corridor and district revitalization. Our projects are rooted in a commitment to using community-based design and planning processes to create projects that improve urban environments and making them more vibrant, sustainable, equitable, inclusive, and enjoyable.

We attract a wide range of projects, which currently includes: redesign of major multimodal corridors in the East Bay, construction documentation and administration support for quick build and multimodal streets and streetscapes, design of public spaces, community planning, and an East Bay specific plan.

Award-winning projects include San Francisco’s Better Streets Plan, TEMPO Bus Rapid Transit, Valley Metro Light Rail TOD guidance and implementation strategy, East Whisman Precise Plan, Telegraph Avenue protected bikeway, and the circulation and open space element of Santa Monica’s Bergamot Area Plan.

We are currently working a hybrid of in-person and remotely with the expectation of returning to the office full time at some point. Some level of remote work moving forward is negotiable.

Required Experience and Qualifications: 

·        A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, geography or sustainability, architecture or a related field and 5-10 years of relevant experience.

  • Have a strong desire to plan and design sustainable and connected streets, public spaces, communities, cities, and regions.
  • Proficiency in the use of AutoCAD in the design of public spaces and complete streets, and developing construction drawings;
  • Experience with MicroStation is a plus;
  • Experience in developing Sketch-Up models for streetscape and complete streets projects;
  • Proficiency with basic spatial analytics and ArcGIS (experience with spatial data visualization on Google Earth/Google Map, QGIS, OSM and other visualization software is a plus);
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite;
  • Proficiency working with the Adobe suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat), and other graphic tools, including hand drawing, to develop before and after visualizations and other presentation graphics of proposed street, public space, and urban development;
  • Self-motivated, shares your thoughts and ideas as a collaborative teammate while also capable of working independently;
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong design and graphic sense as well as organizational and communication skills;
  • Experience managing projects and coordinating with team consultants is desired with increasing years of experience;
  • Research and/or implementation of land use, complete and green streets, quick build projects, and urban design policy;
  • Experience in preparing RFP/RFQ response submittals a plus; and,
  • Knowledge of California codes and regulations is a plus.

CD+A is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants must be authorized to legally work in the United States without sponsorship.

Salary for the position is dependent upon qualifications. This is a full time position. Medical, retirement, and other benefits included.

To Apply:
Please attach a resume and cover letter (with a contact telephone number and email) telling us how you heard about the position and outlining how your experience, interests, and projects align with the requirements for the position, in either a Word or PDF document and email it to, with the subject line “For Project Urban Designer Position 0822”. Also, either include a link to your on-line portfolio or attach portfolio examples in PDF format no greater than 10 MB. No phone calls please.