Design Workshop

Design and Planning Project Manager

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
# of Openings
Landscape Architecture


Founded in 1969, Design Workshop, Inc. (a 100% ESOP-Owned Company) is an international landscape architecture, land planning, urban design and strategic services firm with eight offices in the U.S. and work spanning the globe. The firm has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards for its work in urban design, regional/urban planning, parks, open spaces, residential gardens, institutions, resorts, new communities and more. The firm's philosophy challenges the project team to equally integrate and balance artistic vision, environmental sensitivity, community values and sound economics to create unique places that stand the test of time. Design Workshop is dedicated to creating legacy projects for our clients, for society and for the well-being of our planet.


Provides landscape architecture, planning and project management services to a wide variety of private and public clients; either in support of the project manager or designer/planner on large, complex projects or performing as project manager or lead designer/planner on others.  Serves in a firm-wide leadership role in the pursuit and implementation of legacy work through exceptional design, project documentation, planning, business development, and/or project management.


  • An undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited landscape architecture program or master’s degree or dual degrees in both landscape architecture and urban design or planning (preferred)
  • 5+ years of work experience
  • A license to practice landscape architecture
  • Strong skills in planning and urban design, site design, and familiarity with construction observation
  • Demonstrated ability in project management and business development
  • Successful management of projects from conceptual design through completion of construction documents
  • Proven experience producing drawings and specifications from the schematic stage through construction observation
  • Self-motivated with the ability and desire to lead others in the design and construction documentation/construction observation process; and
  • The proven ability and desire to engage and retain clients as well as mentor less-experienced staff.


The salary for this position is $65,000-$90,000, dependent on experience. This position is benefits eligible. Benefits include comprehensive health, wealth, and well-being benefits. Ownership of the company is held in an ESOP Trust, which is funded entirely by company contributions, and all employees participate. This is designed as a long-term retirement benefit, with the employees’ accounts increasing as the value of the business increases.


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