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Senior Landscape Architect

SvN Architects + Planners is looking for a Senior Landscape Architect to join our Vancouver Studio. As we continue to expand our services in British Columbia, we are actively seeking a Landscape Architect with over 8 years of experience who has a strong design background, great project management skills and ample experience delivering private and public projects on the west coast.

Role and Responsibilities
The role of the Senior Landscape Architect is to work with our inter-disciplinary team of planners, urban designers, landscape architects and architects on behalf of both public and private sector clients. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing, managing and implementing landscape architectural projects at multiple scales, from integrated site design to streetscapes and neighborhood parks.
The successful candidate will manage a team towards developing and delivering a series of designs, ultimately producing construction packages and providing contract administrative services, all while providing mentorship to their team.

•    Bachelor or Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture;
•    Minimum eight years of landscape architectural experience;
•    Exceptional communication, organization and interpersonal skills, including staff management and project management;
•    Solid technical understanding of/ experience with landscape and public realm design, including:
o    Green standards and sustainable design practices;
o    Streetscape design and coordination between landscape and utilities;
o    Integration with land use and the built environment;
o    Transit integration and design;
o    Parks and open space design concepts and detailed development;
o    Application in city-wide scale contexts;
•    Proficiency in graphic tools including AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, and Rhino / Revit. Experience with MicroStation and GIS an asset;
•    Professional registration with the BCSLA;
•    Demonstrated experience in technical design (ex. site grading, innovative stormwater management, irrigation strategies, appropriate plant species specification, construction details, clash detection/coordination with consultants);
•    Excellent proficiency with BCBC, ABCA and all other relevant British Columbia Acts and Regulations;
•    Proven experience in preparing construction specifications;
•    Demonstrate successfully constructed projects.

Why Choose SvN?

SvN is one of Canada’s premier integrated design firms with a multidisciplinary team of architects, planners, urban designers and landscape architects engaged with the dynamic social, economic and environmental forces that define and govern where we live and work. We provide solutions focused on the urgent transition of the built environment into an equitable and low carbon world.

We are committed to engaging with projects that put people, the planet and local economies at the forefront of design. We believe the multiple crises we face today are fundamentally design challenges. We are unique in providing design-intensive services and believe that ideas and expertise together with optimism and generosity can help make a better world.

Since our original inception over 40 years ago, we continue to shape the built environment in regions, cities, and towns across Canada and worldwide. With offices in Toronto, Vancouver and in Mexico City (known as SvNMX), we’ve revitalized industrial waterfronts, developed many new forms of affordable housing, designed resilient neighbourhoods, and promoted rural and urban economic development.

What we have to offer you:
SvN offers a competitive salary, full health and dental benefits, including a Health Spending Account, a generous Professional Development Allowance, as well as a Group Retirement Savings Plan with a matching component. 

SvN holds many social events throughout the year. From ski days to park meet-ups and summer / holiday parties. We also hold weekly forums and design workshops for all staff to learn, socialize and get involved. In addition to much-deserved vacation time, we offer flex time, a generous amount of sick time and personal days, and extended long-weekends. If that wasn’t enough, our studio closes during the holidays in December so that you can spend quality time with your family and friends! 

How Do I Apply?

Candidates may apply through our HR platform on our Careers Page. 

Please attach or send a link for a portfolio of your work. Should you be selected for an interview, you will be required to present your portfolio.

As an employer committed to employment equity, SvN encourages applications from members of equity-seeking communities, including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the cover letter in their application.

If you require any form of accommodation during the application process, please reach out.

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SvN Architects + Planners
35 West 5th Avenue
Suite 215
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1H4
Kirsty Keefe
Click to view background photo & credits
Project: Westminster Pier Park
Landscape Architect / Firm: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.
Location: New Westminster, British Columbia
Photo Credit: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.