Kounkuey Design Initiative,

Landscape Design Coordinator

13 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a collective of diverse urbanists—architects, landscape architects, urban planners, community organizers, and engineers—united by our shared commitment to building equity, justice, and resilience in communities through design. A BIPOC and woman-led firm founded in 2006, KDI comprises nearly 50 professionals working from four offices: Los Angeles, Eastern Coachella Valley, Nairobi, and Stockholm.

About this job

KDI is currently seeking a Landscape Design Coordinator to help design projects that advance racial, environmental, economic, and physical equity in neighborhoods and cities across Southern California. We’re looking for someone who is passionate about building community power in low-income communities of color, and is interested in working with residents on design, planning, and policy projects to create positive change in their neighborhoods and beyond.

The Landscape Design Coordinator will work in a highly collaborative interdisciplinary studio environment including urban planners, industrial designers, community organizers, and program development specialists. The candidate should excel in design thinking with strong representation skills. The Landscape Design Coordinator will work on a range of projects, from designing parks and shade structures, to gender equity research, to the development of community engagement activities for environmental justice campaigns.

We’re committed to the health and safety of our staff and all of the people we work with, many of whom have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. We will work with the Landscape Design Coordinator to revise the Duties and Responsibilities listed below as needed, so they can be carried out safely based on the latest public health guidelines.

Roles & responsibilities

Support the design of projects including vacant lot transformations, site-scale architecture, parks, river greenways, healthy living neighborhood planning and affordable housing campuses

Create site renderings, illustrations, and 3D models for a variety of scales and design types

Assist with CAD drawing set creation for schematic through construction documentation

Assist with community workshop design and facilitation, and create innovative outreach and engagement strategies rooted in community and accessibility

Be a strong communicator, graphically and verbally


1-3 years experience with landscape architectural design work

Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred

Degree in Landscape Architecture

Available to work flexible hours, including weekends and after 6 pm, as needed

Comfortable leading or supporting community workshops

Excellent skills in Adobe CS and Rhino

Excellent skills in AutoCAD

Strong commitment to social justice

Driver’s license required; must be willing and able to travel by car to meetings, events, etc.

To apply

Send an electronic copy of your cover letter and resume with three references to lajobs@kounkuey.org.

KDI is a multi-ethnic, inclusive, anti-racist organization that reflects the countries and communities in which we work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, disability, marital status or medical condition.

Direct link to post