Intermediate Planner

Planning · Toronto, Ontario
Department Planning
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Role and Responsibilities

The role of the Intermediate Planner is to work with the team to deliver pragmatic and forward-thinking plans with a goal to re-set the relationship between buildings, landscape and infrastructure.

Working with senior staff, the planner will collaborate in managing innovative, amazing and profitable projects and assist in procuring a mix of public and private sector projects in order to evolve the Planning + Design Practice.


  • Seamlessly marry the practices of planning and design;
  • Work with the SvN team to tackle critical urban issues;
  • Support the Principals and Planning Lead to pursue, execute and deliver strategic plans and dynamic policy documents rooted in a deep understanding of the implications on the built environment;
  • Assist with increasing SvN’s visibility by supporting awards submissions and presentations; and participating in the broader community of planning + design professionals.


Qualifications / Core Areas of Expertise

  • Masters Degree in Planning;
  • Minimum three years of experience in urban planning in North America;
  • Ability to naturally marry the practice of planning + urban design;
  • Experienced with the structure, process and policy and legislative framework of planning in Ontario: Provincial, Regional and Municipal Policy (Growth Planning, Supportive ‘Infrastructure’ Planning (e.g. Transportation and Movement, Housing), secondary plans, framework plans, hub/ corridor studies, etc.);
  • Solid background in one or more areas of land use planning, such as:
    • Community Design (Master Planning, Area Specific Design Frameworks; Policy Development; Parameters for the Built and Public Realm Environments);
    • Development Approvals (including Development Management); and/or
    • Social and Environmental Sustainability Planning + Design.

About SVN

About SVN

SvN Architects + Planners is a studio based in Downtown Toronto that has intentionally assembled a preeminent team of over 90 planners, urban designers, landscape architects and architects to develop design solutions for the critical urban issues of our time. Our practice is growing and we are seeking a Senior Planner to work in deep collaboration with the Management and Studio to advance planning as a spatial practice - with a core purpose of developing a sustainable model for city-building.

SvN was formed in 2015 through the amalgamation of the work (and brands) of planningAlliance and regionalArchitects, assuring continuity of an ‘integrated’ planning and design practice founded in 1978. Since its inception, SvN’s primary foci have remained policy and design around the primary issues facing our rapidly changing urban and regional environments- in our present day milieu, our work is uniquely focused on housing and mobility.

SvN offers comprehensive planning, approvals and development management to governments, landowners, transit authorities and non-governmental organizations. We work in towns, cities and regions experiencing rapid growth, transitioning social structures and changing economies, at home and internationally. 

Our experience working from the gathering of constraint information and formation of vision, to the formation of concept, development of “framework” (policy or design), through to construction, allows us to provide a unique suite of services. We work at nearly every scale and from project conception through completion, anticipating at all stages the challenges that come with complex development.

We take an integrated approach to planning that is not limited to managing a good, policy-oriented process, but one that is rigorous, creative, respectful and comprehensive. We deliver work that results in pragmatic and forward-thinking community design with a goal to re-set the relationship between buildings, landscape and infrastructure.

Compensation and Benefits

SvN offers a competitive salary, full health benefits, a generous professional development allowance and a group retirement savings plan. Our airy, bright suite of offices is at 110 Adelaide Street East, near the St. Lawrence market in downtown Toronto, although working from home would be required at this point.


While we thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.


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 their cover letter in their application.

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    Toronto, Ontario
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