Director of Design and Planning

Generation Park / McCord Development
Houston, TX
United States
Professional Areas: 
Architecture
Land-Use Management
Landscape Architecture
Real Estate Development
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
Senior

POSITION OBJECTIVE:

To ensure that Generation Park is beautiful, and that the massive 40 million square feet of improvements and 4,000 acres are planned thoughtfully and forward looking.  This person must have insatiable curiosity, natural ability, knowledge and passion to raise the bar for architecture, interior, landscape, urban design, and their ability to evoke a positive emotional response. The position is to assist, coordinate, and at times lead design, architectural, and planning charrettes, design firm selection, plan review and other activities across all asset classes at Generation Park, the largest private commercial development in the 3rd most populous county in the United States. This position reports to the President and will touch nearly every aspect of Generation Park from lighting, to curbs, to glass color, to bollards, to planting, fountains, bridges, bike trails, art, ceiling height, FF&E, monuments, seals, color palettes, construction materials, and presentation materials.  A keen aesthetic eye, hands that can create it and a mouth that can articulate it are required.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Note: Generation Park has been underdevelopment since 2012, and the responsibilities listed below have previously been commenced, performed, and in some case completed.  But, perfection is an ever-elusive target and the primary goal is to continue to challenge ourselves to strive towards it.  This work will be done in collaboration with various of your development team members.

  • Regional Planning:  Large scale conceptualization of use and linkage (pedestrian, public, private).
  • Municipal: Capitalizing on opportunities to enhance the design of utilities and infrastructure.
  • Master Planning: Detailed conceptualization of all aspects of the unique developments within Generation Park.  Sketch initial concepts, collaborate on design firm selection, coordinate design process including renderings for marketing.  Ensure design integrity is maintained throughout the drawing phase, VE process, and construction of the improvement.
  • Environmental:  Design cohesion across wayfinding signs, graphics, digital/AR, public art, monumentation, and the overall landscape.
  • Building Design:  Sketch initial concepts, collaborate on design firm selection, coordinate design process including renderings for marketing.  Ensure design integrity is maintained throughout the drawing phase, VE process, and construction of the improvement.
  • Interior Design:  Establish a viewpoint, collaborate on design firm selection, work with firm to individually pick furnishings, fixtures, colors, materials, equipment, etc.  Ensure design integrity is maintained throughout the final installation and use.
  • Design Guidelines:  Generation Park Design Guidelines are state of the art, yet they must continually be updated and enhanced.  An update volume should be published each year.
  • Library of Precedents:  To curate and maintain our physical and digital library of people, places, and buildings to study and learn from.
  • Fieldtrips: To arrange the annual trip to convert some of our library of precedent to personal libraries of experience.
  • Colleague Cultivation:  To seek out the best designers in their field and to build personal relationships with them.  It is our goal to work with the most talented architects, planners, designers, artists in the world and we believe we must come to know each other first.

Required Skills, Education and Experience:

  • Must be licensed architect, designer, or landscape architect with minimum 10 years practicing.
  • Must have had direct design responsibility (with references) on a large (over $250MM or 1MM SF) complex development with at least a portion of the development completed.  The experience must have been in a top 20 US MSA.
  • Must be fluent in Sketch Up, AUTOCAD, BIM/REVIT, Adobe Illustrator & Design, InDesign, and be able to learn new design applications.
  • At a very high level must be able to perform one or more: draw/sketch, paint, sculpt, build or fabricate.
  • Strong intellect and insatiable curiosity and passion.
  • Confidence speaking publicly, leading meetings, and comfort negotiating contracts and resolving disputes.
  • Demonstrate ability to roll-up sleeves, discard or adapt old ways, and work with team members in a hands-on capacity.

To Apply:

Please send an email including the following information to careers@mccord.com:

  • Cover letter and resume
  • Professional and/or personal work portfolio via attachment or link to online portfolio
Published on:
April 2, 2018 - 9:32am
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