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New York City Department of Transportation – Associate Urban Designer

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2024

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking an Associate Urban Designer to serve in the Urban Design Unit (UD) within the Office of Cityscape & Franchises. The Associate Urban Designer will review, coordinate, and execute urban design, landscape architecture, architecture, streetscape, planning and transportation infrastructure projects of varying scales and complexity. In particular, the Associate Urban Designer will be responsible for reviewing and coordinating projects subject to the New York City Public Design Commission (PDC) and New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPD) design and review processes including distinctive sidewalks, distinctive lighting, revocable consents, bridges, signage, and public art. Within a collaborative design studio environment, the Associate Urban Designer will also track, review, and develop proposals and plans for streetscape and other urban design projects. Further, the Associate Urban Designer will be responsible for investigating and proposing solutions for specific site conditions and designs; preparing detailed site plans and contract drawings utilizing various computer-aided design and graphics software; developing specifications and conceptual cost estimates; conducting site inspections with construction and maintenance personnel; and presenting projects to other divisions and governmental agencies, consultants, community organizations and the general public.

An ideal candidate would have a first professional degree in landscape architecture or architecture and at least two (2) years of full-time experience in planning, design, research, investigations and studies related to urban design; a graduate degree in urban design, landscape architecture, architecture, city and regional planning or environmental planning is a preference. Further, the position requires proven design ability demonstrated through a varied design portfolio; proficiency in AutoCAD, SketchUp, Rhino, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and PowerPoint; excellent graphic communication, writing, interpersonal and organizational skills; and a knowledge of sustainability and universal design principles.

Submit a cover letter, resume and portfolio samples electronically at (searching for Job ID #633641)Current New York City Employees, please log into Employee Self Service (ESS) at https://hrb.nycaps.nycnet, follow the Careers link and search for Job ID #633641.

UD’s overarching mission is to enhance and uphold agency design standards and quality for the public right-of-way with a focus on place-making, environmental stewardship, social equity and economic viability. The unit’s responsibilities are threefold: (1) agency design coordination and representation; (2) design policy and standards development; and (3) design and planning project management and research. Serving as the agency’s liaison to the PDC and LPC, the unit manages a diverse portfolio of planning and design projects subject to interagency approvals. Steward of the Street Design Manual, UD develops design standards and initiates programs that advance DOT’s mission and design principles of fostering safety, mobility, access, neighborhood context, sustainability and equity. UD manages a host of capital projects and pursues in-house design and planning efforts as well as research and geospatial modelling. Select accomplishments range from the establishment of the citywide landscape maintenance program to the design and management of the $130 million Downtown Far Rockaway Urban Design and Streetscape Project, comprising the redesign of the transit network and facilities, creation of sustainable streets and open spaces, and the development of affordable housing.



$81,500 - $119,500

Work Location:

55 Water Street, 6th Floor, New York, New York

Number of Positions:


Submitters Name:

Neil Gagliardi

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