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Kounkuey Design Initiative

Landscape Design Associate

Employment type
Full Time
5 months ago
Los Angeles

Job Opening: March 2020
Closing Date: When Filled

KDI is currently seeking a Landscape Design Associate to add to our growing team of 18 in downtown Los Angeles, CA. This is a fantastic opportunity for a creative, hands-on self-starter to work directly with under-resourced communities throughout Southern California. The candidate will work in a highly collaborative interdisciplinary studio environment including landscape designers, urban planners, artists, community organizers, and program development specialists. The candidate should excel in design thinking with strong representation skills.

Job Responsibilities:
Support the design for projects including vacant lot transformations, complete street demonstrations, play streets, site-scale architecture, and landscape design of parks and affordable housing campuses.
Support the production of construction drawings and other documentation 
Site renderings/illustrations in Illustrator and Photoshop and montage
Rhino and Physical modeling 
Site renderings/illustrations in Illustrator and Photoshop and montage
Hand drawing / sketching
Material / code research
Assist with CAD drawings for schematic through construction documentation
Assist with community workshop design and facilitation
Record meeting minutes and photograph community meetings
Frequent travel to local job sites in Southern California by car
Support project managers (Senior Design and Design Coordinators)

Degree in Landscape Architecture 
1+ years relevant work experience 
Excellent skills in Adobe CS, Rhino and VRay
Proficient in AutoCAD
Proficient hand drawing
Strong commitment to social justice 
Bilingual (Spanish-English) is a plus, but not required
Driver’s license required

To apply

Send electronic copy of cover letter, résumé, portfolio and three (3) references to:  [email protected] with subject heading: Landscape Design Associate: Your Name.
Portfolio should highlight your design exploration and experience with construction documentation.

About KDI: 
KDI is a non-profit design and community development organization. We collaborate with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in neighborhoods and cities. We accomplish this mission through advocacy, research, planning, and built works.

We have been recognized for our innovative approach to participatory design by notable institutions such as MIT, The Rockefeller Foundation, UN-Habitat, The California Endowment, Ashoka Changemakers, Smithsonian Institute, IDEO, The Atlantic Renewal Project, and Swiss Re Foundation. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or medical condition.