Urban Designer
WFH Flexible CA Urban Design and Planning
Job Type



Our Urban Design + Planning Studio is seeking a mid-level Urban Designer to support an exciting range of projects across the state, including visioning, community/specific plans, zoning, form-based codes, design standards, streetscape, and community engagement.


  • Work with senior urban designers to produce 2D and 3D plans and graphics, including site analysis, site plans, and concept diagrams.
  • Conduct project site visits and collect site/precedent photography.
  • Conducts existing conditions analysis, scale comparisons, and precedent research.
  • Research and analyze zoning codes, general plans, specific plans, and other regulations guiding urban form.
  • Prepare massing and building prototype studies
  • Prepare 3D renderings and before/after visual simulations.
  • Prepare reports, presentations, presentation boards, and graphically-rich design/planning documents using InDesign and PowerPoint.
  • Support community engagement activities, workshops, and meetings.


  • At least 6 years of consulting experience in urban design, urban planning, and/or architecture.
  • An advanced degree in urban design or planning (MAUD, MLAUD, MUP) and an undergraduate degree in architecture or landscape architecture (BArch, BLA) or a similar combination. 
  • Excellent presentation skills, including strong design and graphic communication skills.
  • Advanced graphic, drawing, and 3D modeling/rendering abilities, with demonstrated proficiency in AutoCAD, SketchUp (or similar 3D modeling tools), ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign), and PowerPoint. Advanced knowledge of Lumion or other rendering platforms is preferred.
  • Collaborative attitude, ability to think outside of the box and develop creative solutions, and interest in being part of the fast-paced design studio.

Ascent offers a supportive, fun, and intellectually challenging work environment with excellent benefits. We invest in our employees’ careers and welfare and strive to provide high-quality outcomes for our clients. We offer flexible hours, collegial teamwork, participation in important and challenging projects, opportunities to contribute to and join in-service events for our local communities, and regular performance recognition.


Ascent provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. 

Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.