Campus Planner/Architect

Sep 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Campus Planner/Architect

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Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) is the operational core of Stanford University's physical campus. LBRE constructs and maintains the Stanford campus in support and advancement of the University's academic mission and vision. Our work is grounded on the collective value of dedication, innovation, expertise, teamwork, and continuous improvement. We are committed to serving the university's academic mission, as well as preserving and enhancing Stanford's 8,180 acres, and pride ourselves on supporting the teaching and research of the university as “Caretakers of a Legacy."

The Campus Planner /Architect position will support the architecture, landscape architecture and campus planning work in the office of the University Architect/Campus Planning & Design (UA/CPD) and is suited for a design professional interested in applying their talents within an academic environment. As stewards for the campus environment, the role of the UA/CPD office includes developing long-range campus planning strategies, planning and siting new buildings, developing site/design guidelines for the design of new buildings, implementing campus sign systems, and advocating responsible stewardship of the land through sustainable design.

The Campus Planner /Architect will represent UA/CPD in planning and executing design and campus design guidelines for a variety of capital projects in collaboration with other Land and Building departments; will work with the UA/CPD as an architect and assist in supporting the direction and tone for the physical expression of architectural development at Stanford; provide design and technical architectural expertise; provides guidance in environmentally sustainable planning and architecture; and develop graphic design and planning presentations.

Core Duties*
  • Represents the UA/CPD on specific project teams to convey campus planning and architectural concepts on individual building projects. Monitors design guidelines throughout the design process from formulation through construction, and works in collaboration with Stanford colleagues and consultants to develop outstanding project results.
  • Research and conduct feasibility analyses associated with facility proposals, including site selection, circulation, etc.
  • Collaborates with the UA/CPD to develop Campus Master Plans, building/site design guidelines, and written/graphic reports on various aspects of Stanford's campus and lands. Develops conceptual designs for specific campus improvement projects.
  • Collaborates with various University constituents such as school facilities representatives, faculty, user groups, student life organizations, university facilities operations, parking and transportation services, residential & dining leadership, and project managers/capital planning representatives within the department of Land & Buildings.
  • Assists the University Architect in the selection of leading architectural and landscape architectural consultants, and works directly with the selected firm's representatives and vendors.
  • Provides expertise in leading environmental sustainable practices and works with the consultants and Stanford colleagues to integrate these practices into the architectural designs
  • Attends project meetings as a representative UA/CPD and provides design and technical recommendations.
  • Provides graphic support of concept site and architectural designs for presentation to the Board of Trustees, Stanford constituency, and community. Graphic support includes production of deliverables in AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, power point, word, and excel.
  • Prepares architectural analyses, evaluations and recommendations for the University Architect related to major on-campus capital projects and/or renovations requiring his approval.
  • Reviews plans and specifications of capital projects for sound architectural design, conformance with design guidelines and other related criteria, and other pertinent codes or standards.
  • Represents the UA/CPD during the construction phase of capital projects to verify the design intent of the project is implement
* - Other duties may also be assigned

Minimum Education and Experience Required Bachelor's degree in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, or other appropriate specialty and five plus years of directly related experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Experience in higher education and housing is a plus.
Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • Communication skills: Ability to clearly and concisely present key campus planning concepts and building designs to key university constituents, professional consultants, and UA/CPD employees in both written and verbal formats.
  • Facilitation skills: Ability to facilitate working groups to bring to consensus concepts and ideas with donors, key university constituents, and professional consultants.
  • Specific training: Architecture and Design, Computer skills (Word, email, Excel, AutoCAD, Power Point, Photoshop, and Illustrator), free-hand drawing
  • Consultant relations skills: Ability to coordinate multiple consultant work and communicate recommendations to the consultants.
  • Strategic skills: Ability to understand and translate the strategic direction of the University and effectively communicate this to employees, consultants, donors, etc. Ability to communicate long-range campus planning goals and concepts and envision long term phased execution of these concepts. Ability to understand the attributes of historical campus architecture and how it informs planning and architectural solutions.
  • Excellent facilitation and oral and written communication skills; ability to prepare clear and concise reports and deliver formal presentations or training to senior management and other audience
Physical Requirements*
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a computer; use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.

  • Occasionally reach/work above shoulders, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp forcefully, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, write by hand, sort/file paperwork.

  • Rarely kneel/crawl, operate foot and/or hand controls.

  • Visual acuity to match colors

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a California Non-commercial Class Driver's license

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Working Conditions
  • This position will be relocated to Stanford's campus in 2020.
  • Travel on campus to schools/units, out of town.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job: Facilities

Location: Land, Buildings and Real Estate
Schedule: Full-time
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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