SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES: 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.
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 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.
Work requires a Master’s degree or completion of a Professional Architecture or Urban Design degree plus 4 or more years of professional experience in urban design or architecture. Massachusetts Architecture License or working towards registration is desired. Prior experience in conducting public design/development review is highly desirable. Work requires carrying out design review with the ability to understand and solve complex urban design 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. Knowledge of Autocad, Sketch Up, and other computer design programs is desirable. Ability to organize and effectively present information, interact with the public on a regular basis, and have strong verbal and graphic communication skills are essential requirements
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Work requires completion of a Master’s degree in Architecture, Urban Design, or related field, plus more than four years of progressively responsible related experience. Knowledge of Boston neighborhoods and commercial districts, zoning code and municipal government is required.
Normal office environment; occasional site visits.