初中级城市设计师 Entry to Mid-Level Urban Designer (Shanghai)
Are you interested in joining a cross-disciplinary design firm that is one of the most respected throughout the United States and around the world? With over 850 awards, and projects of significance and impact, Sasaki is a dynamic environment for personal growth, contribution and learning.
Sasaki’s Shanghai Office is seeking applications for entry to mid-level urban designers with 2 to 5+ years of relevant experience to participate in a wide range of urban design and master planning projects across China and internationally. Sasaki is a planning and design firm of about 300 professionals working throughout the United States and internationally from our offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Denver, Colorado; and Shanghai, China.
Sasaki Shanghai provides a studio-office feel while also benefiting from connections back to the Sasaki headquarter office in Boston, MA, USA for additional resources and support.
The successful candidate will become an integral member of Sasaki's Shanghai Office, working collaboratively on multidisciplinary teams consisting of planners, landscape architects, architects, and other urban designers.
The urban designer will work across geographies to create innovative 21st century places and environments on a variety of project types, including urban/mixed use districts, new communities, research and innovation districts, college and university campuses, corporate employment campuses, design competitions, corridor studies, and regional strategies. The majority of project locations are anticipated to be in China, but teams may occasionally work on projects in Vietnam, India, Latin America, the United States, or other international places. Applicants should have strong graphic, design, and communication skills and an eagerness to learn.
In this role as urban designer, you would:
Engage in all aspects of the design process including analysis, conceptual ideas, design development, client presentations, and documentation.
Be responsible for creating 2d and 3d analytical and conceptual drawings, graphics, presentation materials, research, and digital and physical models.
Initiate urban design concepts and visual graphics with guidance from senior and principal urban designers.
Work with and mentor staff-level urban designers in the development of urban design concepts and graphics.
Coordinate with external consultants and communication with clients
Present design ideas during internal team and client meetings
Work with a variety of teams and contribute to a range of project types and geographies.
We are committed to personal growth and individual well-being, and offer a variety of resources to support career development, including in-house training, mentoring, professional association memberships, and licensing examination reimbursement.
Urban designers at Sasaki will be integrated into active project teams starting on Day 1. The list below describes the optimal qualifications of the entry-level and mid-level urban designer to meet typical project needs. We encourage people to apply for the position if they meet most of these attributes:
Master’s degree in Urban Design with a background in Architecture, Landscape, or Planning
2-5+ years of experience working as an urban designer in a design firm
Ability to work enthusiastically and collaboratively in teams
Excellent design talent, graphic communication, and visual storytelling
Strong technical understanding of urban design including place making, urban form, and building typologies
A passion for sustainable and resilient design
Experience working as a part of an interdisciplinary design team in an office setting
Be willing to contribute ideas in a team setting
Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects and tasks simultaneously
Curiosity and enthusiasm for working across a variety of client and project types
Exceptional graphic skills and proficiency in CAD, Adobe Suite, SketchUp, and Rhino is required; experience with Grasshopper, V-Ray, 3DMax, and GIS software is also preferred
Familiar with the local urban planning codes and comfortable conducting research independently
Fluent in both Mandarin and English
Additional Valued Skills and Characteristics
Urban Designers at Sasaki share a common set of core competencies, but also have a range of complementary strengths and interests. The list below describes some additional skills and characteristics desirable in candidates:
Proficiency with other languages spoken in frequent project locations (ex. Spanish or Vietnamese)
Organizational and management skills, with attention to detail
Experience with community engagement processes and public speaking
Quantitative and qualitative analysis skills to support data-informed planning processes
Unique design perspective informed by lived experience that is under-represented in urban design
Relevant experience in ecology, real estate development, campus planning, or mobility planning
Unique superpower that we haven’t thought to ask about, but that will make an impact on our projects and practice
How to Apply
Interested applicants must provide the following:
Cover letter. In your cover letter, we encourage applicants to speak to experiences and core values that influence your urban design perspective.
Portfolio. For any team projects included in work samples, clearly describe your role on the project.
Interested applicants should submit their materials through the Sasaki Web Portal (www.sasaki.com/careers/). Applications are encouraged by September 30 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis for interviews. Start dates will be determined in conversation with selected applicants. Sasaki will contact selected candidates for an interview.
Are you an enthusiastic student with big ideas for the built environment? Are you looking for a chance to work with a diverse, interdisciplinary team of designers and tackle some of the world’s most interesting design and planning challenges? Apply now for Sasaki's Urban Design Internship Position in Shanghai Office!
Interns will work on current Sasaki projects alongside ourlandscape architects, urban designers and planners in Shanghai Office, as well as architects, strategists, civil engineers, and graphic designers in our Watertown headquarter. Sasaki’s interns get hands on experience, develop valuable relationships, and gain a deep understanding of how a leading firm operates and innovates.
An internship with Sasaki offers an invaluable opportunity forprofessional growth as well as a fun and memorable experience. When you work at Sasaki, you sign up to work alongside a diverse group of design professionals who bring their whole selves to work. We are proud of the culture we continuously cultivate here, which supports and celebrates people being people.
Interested? Here is what you need to know:
The length of internshipvaries and usually tailored to suit each student's situation.
A successful candidate will be an enthusiastic self-starter with a collaborative spirit and a penchant for design. Candidate must have superior design and graphic skills and must be proficient in the following applications: AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator with exposure to SketchUp, Rhino. Urban Design, Planning or Architecture background is required for Urban Design interns, and Landscape background is required for Landscape interns. Fluency in both Mandarin and English is required.
Only complete applications will be reviewed. Candidates must upload: (You can upload up to 5 files throughout the application process and each attachment is limited to 10MB. If your file is too large, please divide it into smaller files and distinctly label.)
· Work Samples
· One page explanation of goals and expectations for the Internship, and potential internship schedule
· One letter of recommendation (highly recommended)
Please send your applications to: