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Kounkuey Design Initiative

Landscape Design Associate

Employment type
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

Job Title: Landscape Design Associate
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Organization: Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI)
Job Opening: May 2021
Closing date: When Filled

KDI is currently seeking a Landscape Design Associate to add to our growing team of 15 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 and the U.S.. 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 of projects including vacant lot transformations, site-scale architecture, parks, river greenways, healthy living neighborhood planning and affordable housing campuses.
  • Site renderings/illustrations in Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Rhino and Physical modeling 
  • 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
  • Excellent skills in AutoCAD and Construction Documentation
  • Proficient hand drawing
  •  Strong commitment to social justice 
  •  Driver’s license required
  •  Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is a plus, but not 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 CAD or construction documentation.