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City Design Practice Coordinator at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Posted in Architecture 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: New York, New York

Job Description:

SOM, one of the most influential design firms in the world, is seeking innovative, creative, independent, and critical thinkers who aspire to the highest standards of excellence. Join our collaborative design practice as a City Design Practice Coordinator for the opportunity to build a strong and thriving career.


  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Sustainability, or Environmental Engineering

  • 6-8 years of relevant and progressively responsible project experience

  • Interest in the “business” of planning and urban design

  • Demonstrated acumen developing, managing, and reporting workplans, fee proposals, and financial projections for complex multi-faceted projects

  • Motivated by opportunities for professional growth and energized by exposure to a broad range of project types and creative professionals

  • Highly motivated, hard-working professional who takes initiative, is highly attentive to details, and skilled at multi-tasking

  • Proven general knowledge of city planning, urban design, and architectural practice, including visioning, programming, site planning, public realm design, civil engineering, and planning for resilience

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to quickly develop a collegial rapport with all levels of employees, clients, and consultants

  • Proven ability in problem identification, problem solving and conflict resolution

  • Ability to be responsible for projects with limited senior management oversight


  • Project management position working closely with and reporting directly to City Design Practice Leader charged with overseeing NYC and DC City Design Practices

  • Commitment to making the world a better, more equitable, and more resilient place through the planning, design, and realization of high quality urban projects

  • Helps reconcile the goals and priorities of SOM with those of our clients while fostering opportunities for design and technical excellence, innovation in research and technology, and multi-faceted resilience 

  • Prepares service agreements under supervision of City Design Practice Leader and in conjunction with SOM Legal Counsel and Project Partner(s)

  • Maintains regular contact with client, external consultants and vendors

  • Documents and reports on project progress and profitability

  • Develops and maintains a Project Plan for each active project

  • Actively participates in SOM’s weekly Project Management meetings and provides regular updates via internal tracking and reporting protocols

  • Schedules all client meetings, records and issues minutes’ documents action items, and ensures timely follow-thru

  • Monitors services vis-à-vis the contact requirements and identifies changes in project scope, schedule or service that result in supplemental or additional services and bring such changes to the immediate attention of the City Design Practice Leader, the client and Project Partner

  • Under supervision of City Design Practice Leader and in conjunction with Project Accountant, ensures appropriate billings and pursues payment compliant with services agreement

  • Maintains and updates project data in a timely fashion to insure accurate reporting of earnings and accurate billings

  • Ensures project reports and staffing projections are accurate, up-to-date, reflective of needs, and commensurate with established fees.

  • Provides support to City Design Practice Leader for marketing and business development

  • Actively pursues opportunities for professional development

SOM offers opportunities to work on transformational projects, competitive salaries, health insurance, wellness, retirement and financial and other work/life plans.

At SOM, we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace. We believe an inclusive environment benefits our employees, our firm, and our community, while also enriching and challenging our own thinking about design. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Visit this page to learn more about SOM's employment policy and how to apply offline:

For more about SOM:

Portfolios must be submitted for all design positions (Architecture, Interiors, Planning, etc). Applications without work samples will not be reviewed.  Portfolios should be one PDF attachment, 10-20 pages, maximum 5 MB. Submit portfolios as part of your application in the section where the application asks you for your Resume or CV.