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Urban Designer – NYCDOT

Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Urban Design at NYCDOT: Located within The Office of Cityscape & Franchises, the Urban Design Group (UD) is committed to creating pedestrian-friendly and dynamic streetscapes, open spaces and infrastructure while focusing on place-making, environmental stewardship, technological innovation, social equity and economic viability.

Serving as the agency’s liaison to NYC’s Public Design Commission and Landmarks Preservation Commission, the unit manages a diverse portfolio of planning and design projects subject to intra- and interagency approvals. UD develops master plans for project areas and performs a key role in designing and implementing multiple projects at varying scales to bring the comprehensive visions to life.

Steward of the Street Design Manual, UD develops design standards and initiates programs that advance the agency’s mission and design principles of fostering safety, mobility, access, neighborhood context and sustainability. Select accomplishments and responsibilities include the establishment of the citywide median maintenance program and 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.

Job Description: The Project Manager will execute urban design, streetscape, planning and transportation infrastructure projects of varying scales and complexity. Within a collaborative design studio environment, the Project Manager will develop and coordinate comprehensive neighborhood and areawide plans and 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 cost estimates; reviewing designs and conducting site inspections with construction and maintenance personnel; obtaining necessary approvals for proposed designs; and presenting projects to other divisions and governmental agencies, consultants, community organizations and the general public.

In addition to managing projects ranging from temporary pilots to permanent capital projects, the Project Manager will also oversee the continual stewardship of the Street Design Manual, particularly to address design changes borne out of the agency’s Open Streets and Open Restaurants initiatives and the next coordinated street furniture franchise. The Project Manager will also pursue enterprises such as electrical vehicle charging and broadband technologies as well as programs such as the El-Space Initiative aimed at developing a strategic design toolkit to optimize space beneath and adjacent to elevated trains, bridges, and highways.


Minimum Qualification Requirements
1. A baccalaureate degree in architecture from an accredited college or university and two (2) years of full-time experience in planning, design, research, investigations and/or studies related to urban design development programs; or
2. A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience which is equivalent to “”1″” above. However, a baccalaureate degree in architecture is required of all candidates. Graduate work
leading to an advanced degree in architecture, urban design or city planning maybe substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis.


Preferred Skills
Preference given to candidates with a graduate degree in urban design, landscape architecture, city and regional planning or environmental planning; at least one year within the last three years of experience as a significant contributor or a project leader on a project requiring specific expertise in design and construction; 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; strong knowledge of sustainability and universal design principles.


Additional Information
Note: This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a program.  Please indicate in your resume or cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a program.


To Apply

All resumes are to be submitted electronically.

Current City Employees:
Please log into Employee Self Service (ESS) at https://hrb.nycaps.nycnet, follow the Careers link and search for Job ID number 505311.

All other applicants:
Please go to and search for Job ID Number 505311.

If you do not have access to a personal computer:
Please visit your local public library.  Most public libraries have computers available for use.

No phone calls, faxes or personal inquiries permitted.
Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted.
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Residency Requirement
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.



$ 67,757.00 - $ 98,128.00 (Annual)

Work Location:

55 Water St Ny Ny

Number of Positions:


Submitters Name:

Nicholas Pettinati

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