Campus Planner / Architect

Palo Alto, CA

Posted: 12/11/19
Deadline: 1/20/20
Salary: Based on experience. Job Code: 4332 Grade: I Exemption: Exempt
Reference Number: 85608

About This Organization

Stanford University

Why Stanford is for You
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Check out the Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
• Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
• A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
• A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
• Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
• Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

Job Duties

Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) is the operational core of Stanford University’s physical campus. LBRE constructs and maintains the Stanford campus, where advancements across the academic spectrum are made possible. Our work is founded upon 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 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 of the campus and student 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, guidelines for the preservation of historic buildings, 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 and maintenance projects in collaboration with other LBRE departments. The Campus Planner /Architect will work with the UA/CPD team as an architect to provide design and technical expertise and develop graphic design and planning presentations.

Core Duties –

Collaboration with the UA/CPD team to develop Campus Master Plans, building/site design guidelines, conceptual designs for specific campus improvement projects, and written/graphic reports on various aspects of Stanford University’s campus and lands.

Communication with various Stanford University constituents such as school facilities representatives, faculty, user groups, student life organizations, residential & dining leadership and internal LBRE colleagues such as university facilities operations, parking and transportation services, project managers, capital planning representatives, zone managers and construction managers.

Representation on specific project teams to convey campus planning and architectural concepts on individual building projects. Develop and monitor guidelines and standards throughout the design process from formulation through construction and collaborate with colleagues and consultants to deliver outstanding project results.

Representation during construction to ensure that the design intent and quality of construction is maintained as per agreed standards. This will include attending regular project meetings to provide design and technical recommendations. It will also include regular review of plans, specifications and mock-ups for sound architectural design, conformance with design guidelines, pertinent codes or standards, sustainability, and other related criteria.

Provide expertise to create a long-term maintenance vision for Stanford University properties, which includes researching Stanford University’s architectural history and style, participating in feasibility analysis and implementation of cyclical maintenance and preservation projects to integrate sustainable best practices into designs, and the preparation of jurisdictional required documentation.

Support with graphics for historic analysis, reports, site and architectural designs, and presentations for the Board of Trustees, Stanford constituency, and community. Graphic support includes production of deliverables in AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Sketch Up.

* – Other duties may also be assigned

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in architecture, and/or Urban Design, with more than five years of directly related experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

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 key university constituents, and professional consultants.
Field supervision by setting quality control standards: Ability to guide and communicate recommendations to the consultants. This includes setting quality standards through mock-ups and control samples.

Strategic skills: Ability to understand the attributes of Stanford University’s campus architecture (contemporary and historical) and convey how it informs planning and architectural solutions.
Experience in higher education, historic preservation, and/or housing is a plus.
Specific training: Architecture and Design, Computer skills (Word, Excel, AutoCAD, Power Point, Photoshop, and Illustrator), historic research.

Certifications and Licenses:
CA architecture license a plus.

* – 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 the job.


Based on experience. Job Code: 4332 Grade: I Exemption: Exempt

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