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Year One - Junior Designer - City Design - Chicago

💼 Graduate Job


🤑 $50K - $58K

AI generated summary

  • Professional degree in Architecture, Planning, Urban Design, or Landscape Architecture, collaborative mindset, LEED accreditation, interest in large-scale planning, and proficiency in AutoCAD, Rhino, Grasshopper, Enscape, Lumion, parametric and rendering software, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office. Revit proficiency a plus.
  • The candidate will assist in generating planning and design ideas, conducting research, developing diagrams, and rendering site plans, while demonstrating a basic understanding of planning and urban design concepts. They will collaborate with project teams, communicate effectively, manage workload to meet deadlines, and actively participate in the City Design Practice and SOM office activities.

Graduate Job

Architecture & Urban PlanningChicago


  • Our Year One program picks up where your formal education leaves off, with a suite of events and creative initiatives to help you get the most out of your first year at SOM. Alongside your day-to-day project responsibilities, we’ll encourage you to expand your learning and to propose bold ideas for the future of design.
  • SOM offers the best of both worlds: the hands-on experience of small, dynamic studios, and the resources and diversity of a global organization. Our interdisciplinary firm affords a wealth of opportunities for emerging designers; our collaborative approach means that your ideas and creativity will be valued and recognized from day one. In keeping with SOM’s reputation for innovation, our Year One program invites you to shape the future of the practice with us. Start here to dive into the profession, chart your path forward, and make your mark. 
  • At SOM, we are a collective committed to shaping a better future for our clients, communities and planet. We aspire to create the most sustainable, impactful work through creative, interdisciplinary teams with all the resources and diversity of a global firm. We value those who are passionate about excellence, innovation, integrity, inclusivity, and collaboration. Together we can achieve great things. 


  • Recent completion of professional Degree in Architecture, Planning, Urban design, or Landscape Architecture.
  • Strong collaborative ability.
  • LEED accreditation preferred.
  • Interest in large-scale planning, mixed-use and transit-oriented development, and working in a fast-paced and intensely collaborative professional environment.
  • Exhibits initiative, process innovation, problem solving, and decision-making quality with a high attention to detail, precision and accuracy at a task specific level.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in AutoCAD, Rhino, Grasshopper, Enscape, Lumion, parametric and rendering software, and other graphic software as well as Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office; Revit proficiency a plus.

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities

Architecture & Urban Planning


  • Generates planning and design ideas, conducts research, documents precedents and scale studies, develops diagrams, renders site plans, and contributes to all manner of graphic and visual production. Takes initiative to learn and apply SOM City Design Practice protocols for file management, planning and design processes, and quality control standards for deliverables.
  • Demonstrates a basic understanding of planning and urban design concepts, building typologies and critical dimensions, utility and infrastructure systems, land development considerations and planning / zoning codes, and phasing and implementation techniques. Is able to enrich design concepts through knowledge, research, and proficient application of technical and visualization skills and effectively uses software and appropriate analogue and digital tools to design and document at all project phases.
  • Applies a strong conceptual design ability to projects of varying complexity and sites of divergent scales; begins to integrate interdisciplinary criteria to effectively move forward the planning and urban design aspects of complex projects.
  • Effectively communicates internally through timely and appropriate written, oral, and visual means.
  • Actively collaborates at a project team level by developing, communicating, and critically and constructively evaluating ideas.
  • Manages time and workload to meet project task deadlines and commitments with regular interaction and direction from project leaders and team members.
  • Actively participates as a junior member of the CDP Team.
  • Brings energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and a disciplined work ethic to the City Design Practice.
  • Becomes immersed in the SOM office through lectures, design reviews, lunch and learns, site visits, and participation in office activities and professional development opportunities. Actively participates in the Year One Program (as appropriate).


Work type

Full time

Work mode





50000 - 58000 USD