Urban Designer - Junior



Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2024

Gensler is the world’s largest architecture, design and planning firm with offices worldwide. As a natural outgrowth of Gensler’s core business of creating great places, our Cities + Urban Design practice area delivers a range of performance focused design strategy and planning services to an ever-expanding group of organizations and institutions.

Your Role

Gensler’s team in Chicago is seeking an Urban Designer to join our Cities + Urban Design practice area working on a range of high-profile public and private sector projects including master plans, specific plans, design guidelines, development standards and other planning studies. Ideal candidates will possess a background in urban planning and design and have 1-5 years of project experience, particularly in large-scale master planning. Technical knowledge such as familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Autocad, Revit and other design tools are preferred. Strong interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills are critical. Comfort in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously is a must. Candidates should be self-starters, collaborative, and comfortable working to project deadlines.

What You Will Do

  • Prepare planning documents, including: master plans, diagrams, renderings, design standards and other planning studies

  • Prepare presentations geared toward clients, community stakeholders, and public agencies

Your Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in City/Regional Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Design or other closely related field

  • 1-5 years of experience related to urban planning, design and/or strategy

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Excellent written, verbal and graphic communication skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign)

  • Proficiency in GIS and Mapping tools

  • Basic skills in AutoCAD and/or Revit

  • Basic skills in Sketch-Up and other 3D and multi-media technologies

Life at Gensler

Gensler is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Through our Five Strategies to Fight Racism, we continue to create a just and equitable future for our colleagues and our communities with our clients. We are a solid voice for social change as we impact people’s lives and fight racism. At Gensler, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace environment.

As a people-first organization, we are as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering best-in-class design. From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions to “Well-being Week,” our offices reflect our people’s diverse interests.

We encourage every person at Gensler to lead a healthy and balanced life. Our comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, wellness programs, flex spending, paid holidays, and paid time off. We also offer a 401k, profit sharing, employee stock ownership, and twice annual bonus opportunities. Our annual base salary range has been established based on local markets.

As part of the firm’s commitment to licensure and professional development, Gensler offers reimbursement for certain professional licenses and associated renewals and exam fees. In addition, we reimburse tuition for certain eligible programs or classes. We view our professional development programs as strategic investments in our future.