Planner I (Urban Designer - City Design Studio)

Requisition ID: 32480 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

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 that provides direction, guidance and support in the physical design of Vancouver’s built environments. 


This is a professional urban design position that will work 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 area plan options, and future city scenarios.  The role will assist in the coordination, development and implementation of urban design projects; provide support to PDS programs; and consult with and advise other civic departments, external agencies, and proponents.  


The position will support and contribute to built form and public realm studies and as well as on-going research and innovation related to the built environment, including: applying data analytic tools to evaluate urban design concepts across a holistic spectrum of indicators and metrics.   

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to conceptualizing, developing, testing and refining structure plan concepts, urban design approaches and city-wide systems plans, including 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 stakeholders
  • Support senior planners in providing professional urban design input and advice for selected major projects and area plans, as well as expertise on special projects involving physical city-building issues or projects of particular public interest, including the Vancouver Plan. 
  • Work collaboratively and in an integrated way with other members of the City Design Studio, the Vancouver Plan, the Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability Department, and other City Departments
  • Assist in the development of resilient neighbourhood design performance metrics and indicators, and evaluations
  • Supervise junior 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 degree in Planning Urban Design, Architecture or Landscape Architecture 
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Planning Institute of British Columbia desirable
  • Professional experience in urban design (minimum 4 years preferred), or an equivalent combination of University education and experience.
  • 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.


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.  
  • 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. 
  • 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 desirable.  Experience in Rhino and Grasshopper is an asset. 


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

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: October, 2021  

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $46.64 to $55.15 per hour


Application Close: September 24, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion


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