Job Opportunity at KDI in Los Angeles

April 6, 2015 in Job Opportunities by Patricia Jennex

Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is currently seeking a junior landscape designer passionate about community driven development. The position is in KDI’s Los Angeles office and we are looking for a designer with experience in material assemblies and small-scale construction. This is a fantastic opportunity for a highly motivated and creative self-starter to work in a collaborative interdisciplinary studio on a range of project typologies from strategic planning and research to park design and the construction of temporary spaces. Project responsibilities will focus on domestic projects with an emphasis on regional work in Southern California.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with the KDI team to facilitate innovative community engagement strategies. Responsible for designing and conducting community meetings and participatory design workshops
  • Contribute to design of Productive Public Space projects from concept design through construction administration under supervision of a licensed Landscape Architect
  • Contribute to the design and construction of temporary space activations on vacant lots and streets
  • Develop a materials and construction technology library for research and prototyping
  • Seek creative and innovative solutions to assigned tasks and participate in developing the associated research and documentation for these solutions
  • Collaborate with artists, policy planners, community-based organization partners and other consultants on project development
  • Frequent travel to the Coachella Valley by car
  • Occasional collaboration with KDI international on Productive Public Space Projects in Africa and the Latin America.

Qualifications:

  • MLA
  • Undergraduate BArch or 3+ years of construction experience
  • 1-3 years design experience working for a professional Landscape Architectural office
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills
  • Excellent writing and analytical abilities (sample requested)
  • Experience with data collection and analysis – area-wide indicators (demographic, public health, etc.), community needs assessments, SWOT analyses, etc.
  • Experience with grading of landforms and hard surfaces
  • Experience in construction of simple frame structures
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, VRay, Rhino, Adobe CS and MS Excel.
  • Experience with Southern California plant palette, a plus
  • Experience working with low-income or underserved communities, a plus
  • Bilingual (Spanish-English) preferred.

Salary commensurate with experience.
Portfolio should highlight a range of project typologies and feature your construction detailing experience. We request that the writing sample be no more than 500 words.
Send electronic copy of cover letter, résumé, portfolio and writing sample to:
Jennifer Toy
Design Director, KDI mail@kounkuey.org

http://www.kounkuey.org/jobs.html

About KDI:
Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a non-profit design and community development firm that partners with people living in extreme poverty to design and implement solutions that permanently transform their communities and improve their quality of life. KDI began in 2006 as a two-week independent research project between six students from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Today it is an innovative design and community development firm that partners with communities in Africa, Latin America, and the United States to transform underserved neighborhoods into thriving communities. In response to each community’s unique priority needs, KDI works with residents to design and implement projects that improve the physical environment and simultaneously introduce new economic activity and social development opportunities.
KDI believes participatory design and long-term investment are key to sustainable development. Working collaboratively with communities from conception through implementation, KDI enhances their ideas with technical knowledge and creativity, and connects them to extant resources. Through this process KDI builds networks of Productive Public Spaces (PPS) – high impact, low-cost environments – that individually and collectively, mitigate environmental hazards, provide needed amenities, build social networks, and generate micro-enterprise, at the neighborhood and regional scale.
We have been recognized for our innovative approach to poverty alleviation by notable institutions such as The Rockefeller Foundation, Ashoka Changemakers, American Express, Annenberg Alchemy, Smithsonian Institution, Echoing Green, UN/Dubai and Swiss Re Foundation.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status or medical condition.