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Kounkuey Design Initiative

Posted on 02.25.20 
Job Title: Fabrication + Landscape Design Associate
Job Location: Los Angeles, California
Job Description: Job Title: Fabrication + Landscape Design Associate
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Organization: Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI)
Job Opening: Feb 2020
Closing date: When Filled


KDI is currently seeking a Fabrication + Landscape Design Associate to add to our growing team of 18 in downtown Los Angeles, CA. This is a fantastic opportunity for a creative, hands-on self-starter to work directly with under-resourced communities throughout Southern California. The candidate will work in a highly collaborative interdisciplinary studio environment including landscape designers, urban planners, artists, community organizers, and program development specialists. The candidate should excel in design thinking with strong representation skills with an emphasis on Rhino 3-D modeling and fabrication of site-scale architecture. The candidate will spend part of their time assisting with fabrication of site-scale architecture and part time assisting with landscape design projects.

Job Responsibilities:
•Support the design for projects including vacant lot transformations, complete street demonstrations, play streets, site-scale architecture, and landscape design of parks and affordable housing campuses.
•Support the production of construction drawings and other documentation
•Site renderings/illustrations in Illustrator and Photoshop and montage
•Rhino and Physical modeling
•Assist in building and installing site-scale architecture (custom furnishing, play equipment, etc for temporary and semi-permanent public space projects)
•Setting up files for digital fabrication
•Coordination with fabricators across different media (metal, wood, plastic)
•Site renderings/illustrations in Illustrator and Photoshop and montage
•Hand drawing / sketching
•Material / code research
•Assist with CAD drawings for schematic through construction documentation
•Assist with community workshop design and facilitation
•Record meeting minutes and photograph community meetings
•Frequent travel to local job sites in Southern California by car
•Support project managers (Senior Design and Design Coordinators)

Qualifications:

•Degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Product Design,
•Environmental Design or Industrial Design
•2+ years relevant work experience
•Excellent skills in Adobe CS, Rhino and VRay
•Operate basic shop equipment
•Proficient in AutoCAD
•Proficient hand drawing
•Bilingual (Spanish-English) is a plus, but not required



How to Apply: Send electronic copy of cover letter, résumé, portfolio and three (3) references to: Melissa Guerrero, Design Director at melissa@kounkuey.org with subject heading: Fabrication + Landscape Design Associate: Your Name

Portfolio should highlight digital fabrication and landscape design work. Please include digital drawings and photographs showing your design exploration and the progression of your work from prototype to final product.

About KDI: KDI is a non-profit design and community development organization. We collaborate with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in neighborhoods and cities. We accomplish this mission through advocacy, research, planning, and built works.

We have been recognized for our innovative approach to participatory design by notable institutions such as MIT, The Rockefeller Foundation, UN-Habitat, The California Endowment, Ashoka Changemakers, Smithsonian Institute, IDEO, The Atlantic Renewal Project, and Swiss Re Foundation.
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