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at HKS

HKS Architects is seeking a masterplanner to join its practice in London.

Exercises independent judgment in evaluation, selection and use of standard techniques, and solves problems when encountered. Collaborates on exceptional design and delivery for clients to complete assignments with originality and ingenuity. Anticipates job expectations and contributes to project and design solutions.

Responsibilities :

  • utilise experience and knowledge of urban design to proactively contribute to the success of projects at a diversity of scales and contexts through analysis and visualization of specific contexts
  • work with senior designer(s) and project team(s) on conceptual designs, presentations, design development and production to deliver projects on time and within budget
  • apply creative design concepts to projects and expands on concepts of others
  • may participate in project proposals to develop design solutions
  • applies principles of urban design and planning including building massing, scale, public space design, building typologies and site circulation to projects
  • understand and value public input processes, community engagement and outreach techniques
  • support design effort and client presentations to develop client relationships
  • develop, modify and/or review drawings to incorporate the design intent
  • produce graphic presentations, 3D renderings and implementation documents
  • collaborate on the development of design throughout appropriate phases of the project
  • assist in the research of code requirements, local ordinances, and emerging best practices in urban design and planning
  • prepares presentation/design drawings and may build models for client/project team review
  • organise and delivers complete project design presentations to client user groups or public forum
  • assists in landscape projects as needed
  • coordinate with consultants, contractors and regulatory agencies to meet overall project objectives
  • resolves complex design issues with innovative and practical solutions
  • works with team to manage client expectations, team communication and consultant coordination


  • accredited professional degree in architecture, urban design, urban planning, landscape architecture or related field; postgraduate degree preferred
  • architectural registration or associated licensure strongly preferred or within one year of hire
  • typically three plus years’ of experience in landscape architecture / urban design; prior experience in international masterplanning projects preferred
  • urban design/planning-related accreditation preferred such as AICP, LEED ND and/or Ecodistricts AP, or within one year of hire
  • knowledge of architectural software such as AutoCAD, Revit, and 3D modelling (including Rhino and Grasshopper, 3D Studio MAX, etc.)
  • experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, SketchUp and InDesign graphic software preferred
  • proficiency in MS Office Suite preferred
  • proficiency in geographic information systems (GIS) software such as ArcGIS or QGIS highly preferred
  • knowledge of urban design theories and placemaking principles
  • knowledge of the principles, methodology and practices of research and mapping data
  • knowledge of sustainability and integrated design guidelines
  • knowledge of basic zoning regulations, land use and mobility planning standards
  • strong presentation skills and graphic and visualization skills to communicate design ideas at a variety of scales
  • strong organizational skills and the ability to work on multiple projects at the same time
  • ability to be able to work from concept to detailed design on large-scale masterplans
  • ability to maintain existing client relationships and build new client relationships
  • ability to communicate in a clear, concise and professional manner both verbally and in writing
  • ability to problem solve and apply innovative solutions
  • ability to work and collaborate in a team environment
  • ability to effectively meet deadlines at expected quality
  • travel may be required

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Salary: £42,000+

This position is only available to applicants based in the United Kingdom