boston planning & development agency
TITLE: SENIOR ARCHITECT/URBAN DESIGNER II
DEPARTMENT/DIVISION: URBAN DESIGN/PLANNING
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direction of the Deputy Director for Urban Design, conduct design review for building projects that require BPDA design review as part of compliance with Article 80 of the Boston Zoning Code, as well as for Planned Development Areas (PDAs), institutional master plans (IMPs), and other portions of the Code triggering BPDA design review. Prepare and present urban design studies and presentation material as required in graphic and written form. Participate in the presentation of Urban Design and Planning studies to various city departments and/or Commissions, private property owners, and community groups. Provide Urban Design expertise, leadership, and support for the BPDA Planning Department and “special projects” as need dictates.
GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The general duties and responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below.
- Conduct comprehensive and timely design review on assigned Article 80 PDAs, IMPs, Large and Small Project reviews, building projects falling within these categories or on properties owned by the BPDA, and other neighborhood or downtown projects.
- Incorporate and apply urban design policies and applicable zoning regulations, including environmental policies, in evaluating conformance of Article 80 review of development proposals to the principles of urban design and planning goals specific to the appropriate neighborhoods, commercial districts, historic districts (in tandem with appropriate City staff), or master plans or equivalent, including PDAs and IMPs.
- Provide written, graphic and verbal urban design responses as necessary for the review of Art. 80 projects.
- Act as BPDA Urban Design liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Inspectional Services Department, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, other City departments, agencies and Commissions, and community groups on assigned projects.
- Review proposed signage for compatibility with neighborhoods, districts, or PDA or institutional plan areas, in accordance with urban design principles and the Comprehensive Sign Review Process.
- Represent the BPDA at public meetings and meetings with other City, state and federal agencies as required for planning or project review.
- Maintain an up-to-date workflow tracking system.
- Develop guidelines and feasibility studies to facilitate institutional or neighborhood planning studies and design review of projects.
- Represent the Urban Design department on planning teams to provide urban design input as necessary on neighborhood, downtown, waterfront, transportation, or institutional planning studies.
- Utilize the 3-dimensional model of the City and prepare computer-generated urban design analysis and presentation materials as necessary.
- Conduct written and graphic analysis and evaluation of planning and design proposals, zoning initiatives, and urban-design-related environmental impacts, including sea-level rise.
- Lead multi-disciplinary staff teams and coordinate appropriate input and expertise from them. Manage multi-disciplinary consultant teams on urban design/planning initiatives.
- Manage the creation of RFPs for complex consultant teams to assist in the urban design/development planning studies as necessary. Work to provide urban design input for guidelines for site RFPs.
- Solicit and consider input of community and civic groups, abutters, and other interested parties.
- Facilitate development of planning studies which reflects consensus of community groups, regulatory agencies and other relevant parties.
- Advise supervisor or other senior staff of sensitive or potentially controversial project-related issues requiring their input and/or approval.
- Dispense public information about specific projects and overall design and planning initiatives to private citizens, civic or community groups, and other interested parties.
- Prepare and present urban and architectural design studies, as well as presentations conveying results of same, to supervisor and other senior agency staff.
- Prepare regular status report of projects under review for supervisor and other senior agency staff.
- Perform other related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Work requires a Master’s degree with an urban design emphasis, or completion of a Professional Architecture, Urban Design, or Urban Planning degree. Must have 8 or more years professional experience in one or more of these fields. Prior experience in conducting or actively participating in the public design/development review process is highly desirable, as is knowledge of Boston neighborhoods and community processes. Work requires carrying out design review with the abilities: to understand and solve complex urban design, physical planning and zoning problems; to analyze and interpret planning and design issues; to communicate clearly in graphic and verbal form; and, to operate effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team, as well as work independently as necessary (must be able to work independently with minimal supervision). Self-motivation is key. Knowledge of AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe programs, and/or other equivalent computer visualization/rendering programs is required and essential. Familiarity with and willingness to utilize new GIS and 3D smart model technologies is essential. The abilities to organize and present information effectively, to interact with the public on a regular basis, and to project strong verbal and graphic communication skills are essential requirements.
Normal office environment.
Little or no exertion.
Lead staff and consultant teams on projects as described above.
**BOSTON RESIDENCY IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT**