San Francisco

Overview of Position

Studio-MLA seeks a passionate Director with a minimum of 15 years of professional experience as a creative thinker with strong design and leadership skills in the field of Landscape Architecture to join our San Francisco office. The candidate will be a design resource, developing innovative and thoughtful solutions to address environmental issues and demonstrating inspirational thinking to engage large multi-disciplinary project teams and our own studio-wide design discourse. The candidate must have solid experience in landscape architectural conceptual design through construction at wide range of scales and project typologies and have a large local network of subconsultants and clients. Project sector work will vary and may include institutions, infrastructure, waterfronts, urban core, complex infill, and parks, in California and beyond. The candidate will provide design leadership to the staff, knowledge of system-thinking methodology, and advanced level of constructability.

Key Aspects of Position

  • Possess strong leadership and communication skills
  • Lead pursuit strategy
  • Support business development efforts
  • Work effectively within a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to manage projects and coordinate subconsultants
  • Familiar with agency review and technical knowledge

Skills and Experience

  • Degree in landscape architecture is preferred
  • Minimum of 15 years professional experience
  • License is required

Studio Culture
We are a woman-owned, minority-owned practice with a deep commitment to recruiting and retaining an outstanding and diverse team. The studio is a welcoming, collaborative, hands-on space where each of us is encouraged to create, investigate, and explore.

To Apply

  • Please e-mail your cover letter, resume, and portfolio for review to holly@studio-mla.com
  • Excellent benefits package.
  • Compensation commensurate with experience and skill level.

About the Firm
Studio-MLA is a design studio that integrates landscape architecture, urban design, and planning to create places that inspire human connection, unite communities, and restore environmental balance. “Advocacy by design” is a foundation of our practice – a powerful tool to catalyze ecological and social change with inclusivity and authenticity. For more than 25 years, founder and president Mia Lehrer, FASLA has sparked the team’s inventive thinking to address complex relationships within urban and natural environments. From the master planning of cities to the design of intimate plazas and gardens, the studio is recognized for creativity, pragmatism, and advanced strategies for resiliency across a range of scales and geographies.

With offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, our 45-person team includes landscape architects, designers, planners, botanists, and ecologists from around the world. Diversity and multiple perspectives add meaning to collaborations and value to outcomes. Together, we believe in the transformative power of design to recalibrate our shared surroundings for a just and resilient future.