Senior Urban Designer

Urban Design · Toronto, Ontario
Department Urban Design
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor

We are looking for an Senior Urban Designer to join our award-winning team. Some of our most significant contributions to the fabric of the GTHA include the Shoppers World Brampton Master Plan, Reconfiguration of the Six Points InterchangeEglinton Connects Planning + Urban Design StudyNeighbourhoods Character Design Guidelines for the City of Toronto, the Dundas Connects Land Use and Transportation Master Plan for the City of Mississauga and Downtown Hamilton Urban Design Guidelines.

Role and Responsibilities

The role of the Senior Urban Designer 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 delivering beautiful, forward-thinking solutions that re-imagine and re-set the relationship between buildings, landscape and infrastructure.

The Senior Urban Designer will lead innovative and profitable projects that will contribute to the evolution of SvN's planning + design practice. The successful candidate will be a strong leader with a positive attitude who is rigorous and comprehensive but always creative; be comfortable managing multi-disciplinary teams; demonstrate a strong understand urban issues; thrive on challenging work; and highly value good working relationships with colleagues and clients.


  • Deliver design excellence, clear design thinking, and strong landscape-urban design concepts, on-time and on-budget;
  • Design, manage and implement projects at multiple scales, from integrated site design, to corridor and neighbourhood development, and to city-wide design and strategy;
  • Interpret design briefs and understand/work within process from background analysis, through to option development and implementation;
  • Communicate clear design thinking and strong urban design concepts through exceptional graphics and compelling written narratives;
  • Conduct preliminary background analysis including research of existing planning and regulatory context, as well as existing and planned development context; fluency with Provincial, Regional and local planning and design guideline documents (Growth Plan 2017, Big Move, Regional Transportation Plan; Official Plan, By-laws, Toronto Green Standards, Guidelines);
  • Develop conceptual and/or framework diagrams, plans, sections, elevations, perspectives (by hand and/or digitally) in a highly graphic capacity;
  • Contribute to the ongoing professional development of junior team members through informal mentorship, expanding their capacity and range as designers;
  • Communicate with consultants, sub-consultants and other disciplines to ensure project details are being carried out and to forward integrated problem solving;
  • Imbue technical understanding of urban design elements into development of work.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Masters Degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Urban Design;
  • 8 + years of urban design experience;
  • Professional Registration or working towards with OAA, OALA or OPPI or equivalent an asset;
  • Exceptional communication, organization and interpersonal skills;
  • Solid technical understanding of/experience with public realm design, in particular the integration between transit, streetscape, land use and the built environment and application in city-wide scale contexts;
  • Proficiency in graphic tools including Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, and Revit. Experience with GIS, Rhino and MicroStation an additional asset.

About SVN

SvN Architects + Planners is a studio based in Downtown Toronto that has intentionally assembled a preeminent team of over 100 planners, urban designers, landscape architects and architects to develop design solutions for the critical urban issues of our time.

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 with a matching component. Our bright, airy 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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  • Location
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Department
    Urban Design
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor