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Principal - Urban Design/Planning

IBI Group

IBI Group

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2024

Company Description

Arcadis is the world's leading company delivering sustainable design, engineering, and consultancy solutions for natural and built assets. We are more than 36,000 people, in over 70 countries, dedicated to improving quality of life. Everyone has an important role to play. With the power of many curious minds, together we can solve the world’s most complex challenges and deliver more impact together.

    Job Description

    Arcadis is seeking a Principal in our Placemaking (Urban Design, Planning, and Landscape Architecture) Practice. Placemaking is a part of the Architecture and Urbanism (A&U) division of the Places Global Business Area. This position reports to the US West Placemaking Practice Manager. This position should be located in California, ideally San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose, or San Francisco.

    As a Principal for Placemaking in the US West, you will profitably grow the respective practice unit presence in line with Placemaking Practice and A+U Division strategy and financial targets, with a focus on operational efficiency and workforce optimization.


    We are seeking an experienced professional with a passion for creating walkable, urban communities at a variety of scales and including a range of project types including new neighborhoods, urban redevelopment, waterfront, sports/entertainment, institutional and corporate campuses, and transit-oriented development. As a senior leader in our Placemaking practice, the ideal candidate will be someone who has a record of building a successful business, understands how to manage a studio of professionals, write winning proposals/contracts, build successful teams, and deliver amazing work across a wide range of project types, including public agency, institutional, and private clients.

    Role Accountabilities:

    This position will take a leadership role with our US Placemaking team in helping to build the US West practice but will also contribute in cross-region and inter-company pursuits and projects.

    Accountable for project performance (utilization, billability, contribution, debtors, etc.), service quality delivery; develop and oversee the implementation of the strategy to ensure service quality delivery, service excellence and profitable growth within the practice group, to support the delivery of the line of business objectives.

    • Takes a lead role in business development, identifying and cultivating new relationships, particularly in California and the US West.
    • Actively participate in the identification and targeting of clients through the delivery of service excellence to deliver growth in organic revenue in the practice group.
    • Contribute to the development and implementation of the business plan and ensure the team understands it, and the role that they play in its achievement, through the development of the appropriate culture and the provision of context and clarity.
    • Build strong relationships and create successful teams.
    • Develop enduring relationships with clients to understand their business needs and ensure client satisfaction to improve retention and deliver organic revenue growth.
    • Direct the identification of talent in the practice group in both technical capability and sales and promote career development by directing individuals who are identified, to the appropriate development programs.
    • Participate in decisions on resource utilization within the practice group.
    • Maintain an in-depth and up-to-date understanding of the practice group’s clients and the market to identify key trends and emerging opportunities.
    • Develop relationships throughout Arcadis to foster cooperation and to maximize opportunities to cross-sell within the organization.

    The salary range for this role is is between $150-185,000 per year


    Preferred soft skills include: An entrepreneurial and consulting spirit; Ability to work independently, learn fast, and balance multiple projects; Natural teaching and mentoring ability; Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build trust-based relationships; Ability to think on your feet with strong communication skills.

    • 15+ years of experience in urban planning, urban design, architecture and/or landscape architecture related to the delivery of walkable urbanism.
    • Relevant degree in urban design, urban planning, landscape architecture, and/or architecture.
    • Critical thinking skills that incorporate and blend innovative ideas in land use, landscape architecture, urban design, and planning and designing walkable urbanism solutions.
    • Proven track record of building successful planning & urban design practices in an interdisciplinary environment.
    • Experience managing teams across geographies.
    • Significant experience on large-scale/highly complex projects
    • Excellent verbal, written, and graphical/visualization storytelling skills to convey ideas to clients, elected officials, managers, decision-makers, and technical staff.
    • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and SketchUp. Working knowledge of ArcGIS is desired and knowledge of Revit, Rhino, or other similar 3D graphics design software a plus.

    Additional Information

    Why Arcadis?

    We can only achieve our goals when everyone is empowered to be their best. We believe everyone's contribution matters. It’s why we are pioneering a skills-based approach, where you can harness your unique experience and expertise to carve your career path and maximize the impact we can make together.

    You’ll do meaningful work, and no matter what role, you’ll be helping to deliver sustainable solutions for a more prosperous planet. Make your mark, on your career, your colleagues, your clients, your life and the world around you.

    Together, we can create a lasting legacy.

    Our Commitment to Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging:

    As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are proud to support the growth and equality of our people through initiatives like our Mentorship Program, Global Women's Network, and Diversity & Inclusion Council. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, race, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We also like to have fun with office social events to enhance connection, interaction and local culture.

    We request that applicants submit a portfolio of work either as a PDF of less than 10MB or as a web link.

    As part of Arcadis selection process, candidates may be requested to consent to background checks relevant to the role under consideration for, prior to receiving a job offer (as applicable under state law). These could include: work references, education and credential confirmation, employment verification, identity check, credit report, criminal offence, drug testing and driver’s license record.

    We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Join Arcadis. Create a legacy.