A city of opportunity! Would you like to play a part in shaping the city of Boston and enjoy an engaging and exciting career focused on creating the future of Boston while respecting its past? The Boston Planning & Development Agency is a self-sustaining agency focused on constantly improving and developing this wonderful city by making it a better place to live, work and play.
Urban Design (UD), part of the Planning Division, is pivotal to both the planning and development review processes of the BPDA. UD plays a crucial role in the development process by shaping individual building projects through Article 80 and Zoning Board of Appeal design review. UD also informs planning studies by contributing key urban design principles as well as by providing visualization tools to help determine the appropriate densities, heights, and characteristics of an area. UD ensures that there is a balance between contemporary architecture and Boston's historical context, be it a small porch addition in Roslindale or a downtown high-rise. Design review also exists to ensure that the public realm of streets, sidewalks, open spaces, and ground plane are designed to enrich public life and Boston’s reputation as a walking city.
Under direction of the Deputy Director for Urban Design, conduct design review for projects as part of Article 80 of the Boston Zoning Code. Conduct design review for projects, when required as part of neighborhood design districts or zoning board of appeals (ZBA) processes. Prepare urban design studies. Provide urban design assistance to planning study teams. Participate in presentation of urban design and planning studies to various city departments/commission, private property owners, and community groups
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conduct comprehensive and timely design review on assigned Article 80 Projects within Boston’s neighborhoods. Meet with appellant or appellant’s representative(s) to ensure that the proposed project is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood design and architectural context. Incorporate and apply urban design policies and applicable zoning regulations to evaluate how a project conforms with the principles of urban design and planning goals specific to the neighborhood. Where required, provide comments on urban design, infrastructure, and daylight analysis components.
Conduct design review for assigned projects that require design review as part of neighborhood design districts (Neighborhood Design Overlay Districts or Neighborhood Design Review) or through the Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA).
Review proposed signage for compatibility with neighborhood, district, or institution in accordance with Comprehensive Sign Review Process.
Participate on planning teams to provide urban design input as necessary on neighborhood planning studies. Conduct written and graphic analysis and evaluation of planning and design proposals, zoning initiatives, and design-related environmental impacts. Facilitate development of planning studies that reflects consensus of community groups, regulatory agencies, and other relevant parties.
Participate in the development of Requests for Proposals (RFP) and the subsequent selection of engineering and/or design consultants.
Conduct written and graphic analysis and evaluation of planning and design proposals, zoning initiatives and design-related environmental impacts. Solicit and consider input of community and civic groups, abutters, and other interested parties.
Advise supervisor or other BPDA senior staff of politically sensitive or controversial project related issues requiring their input and/or approval.
Represent the BPDA at public meetings and meetings with other city, state and federal agencies as required for assigned design review and planning projects.
Dispense public information about specific projects and overall design and planning initiatives to private citizens, civic or community groups, and other interested parties. This may include conducting tours, discussing and explaining models, and interpreting the use and application of guidelines and zoning.
Prepare regular status report of projects under review for supervisor and other senior agency staff.
Create, maintain, and update records to meet legal documentation requirements and report activities.
Perform other related duties as required.
Master’s degree or completion of Professional Architecture, Urban Design, or Urban Planning degree with urban design emphasis
Minimum of 7 years relevant experience
Massachusetts Architecture License or working toward registration is desired
Prior experience conducting public design/development review is highly desirable
Ability to understand and solve complex urban design and zoning problems; analyze and interpret planning and design issues to communicate clearly in graphic and verbal form
Knowledge of AutoCAD, Sketchup, and other design software/programs
Ability to organize and effectively present information and interact with the public on a regular basis
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT
Standard office environment; occasional site visits
4 weeks paid vacation
4 personal days
15 sick days
medical, dental, and eye coverage
short-term and long-term disability
Retirement plans with matching contributions and a per diem benefit
Partial parental leave pay
Professional development and education yearly budget
Supportive, collaborative work environmen
** BOSTON RESIDENCY IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT**