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VHB Senior Landscape Architect Urban Designer in Watertown, Massachusetts

About Us

WE ARE VHB—a passionate team of engineers, scientists, surveyors, planners, and designers tackling exciting challenges in the transportation, real estate, institutional, applied technology, and energy industries—serving a range of public- and private-sector clients. At VHB, we are dedicated to improving mobility, enhancing communities, and balancing development and infrastructure needs with environmental stewardship.

  • We are creative problem-solvers

  • We work hard, and we give back

  • We like our colleagues, and we love Mondays (Really)

  • We are diverse, caring, welcoming, and fun!

  • We are relentless collaborators who thrive on multi-disciplinary teams

  • We are committed to personal growth and mentorship

It’s not surprising that VHB has consistently been rated one of the top AEC firms to work for across our 30+ offices on the East Coast. We’re growing and need a qualified candidate to assist with executing our growth strategies while continuing to help grow and mentor a strong staff within the Planning and Design Practice. We hope you’ll join us!

About the Position

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) is seeking a Senior Landscape Architect/Urban Designer based in our Watertown, MA office. The successful candidate will join our growing Land Development and Planning and Design practice, working on business development and project execution while mentoring junior level staff on both public and private projects. The position offers and opportunity for involvement in some of the most complex and highest visibility design and development projects in Massachusetts and throughout the New England region.

VHB has offices from Maine to Florida and offers a diverse range of integrated services in Planning + Design, Land Development, Transportation, Environmental Services, and Applied Technology. Our award-winning staff of VHB includes landscape architects, engineers, planners, surveyors, and environmental scientists who provide a full range of professional expertise and services including site design, master planning, land planning and environmental permitting. This includes partnering with public and private clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy markets, as well as with federal, state, and local governments. VHB strives to provide the best technical skills in each of our practice areas through a seamless, integrated team approach to collaboration. To address our clients’ dynamic needs, VHB has continued to grow and develop a diverse workforce that delivers personal service, value, responsiveness, and excellence.

At VHB, we’re invested in what we do, compelled by intellectual curiosity, and driven to work collectively to best serve our clients and help shape the future of our communities in a meaningful way. We’re proud, yet humbled, to have been doing this for 40+ years. We are dedicated to making a positive impact and providing opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

Project types include both public and private sector clients primarily in the New England area. Our office is within minutes of downtown Boston and less than an hour to Cape Cod, Providence, RI, and New Hampshire offering outstanding cultural and outdoor recreational opportunities for the interested professional.

Together, we work to improve mobility, enhance communities and economic vitality, and balance development and infrastructure needs with environmental stewardship. We are seeking a qualified candidate to continue strengthening these principles.


  • Leading an integrated design process on a wide range of placemaking efforts in complex settings

  • Capability to lead both landscape architecture and urban design projects

  • Generating and presenting innovative and implementable design solutions

  • Building and managing excellent client relationships

  • Fostering a culture of design excellence

  • Interfacing with planning, landscape architecture, environmental, transportation and site/civil engineering teams

  • Ability to prepare and present at public meetings

  • Develop site design from master planning and site concept through construction document phases of design

  • Experience with master planning a wide range of projects from institutional campuses to residential and corporate communities

  • Oversee the development of graphics for design development presentations and public process materials, including sketch-up models, concept plans and diagrams, design studies, illustrative plans, cross sections and perspective sketches

  • Lead the production of construction documents: Develop layout and material, grading, and planting plans, technical details, and write technical specifications

  • Assist in preparing estimates of probable construction costs

  • Conduct construction site visits and plant tagging

  • Developing project scopes and work plans for effective and efficient delivery of design services

Skills and Attributes

  • Comprehensive understanding of design, details, and construction drawing preparation including site layout, grading, hardscape, drainage, and planting

  • Proficiency in ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Sketch up, Adobe Suite (PhotoShop, InDesign), Microsoft Office Suite (PowerPoint, Excel, Word), 3D Rendering Software, and Visualization Applications

  • Ability to effectively manage and mentor junior level staff to help foster professional growth

  • Proven capabilities to successfully manage projects from inception to completion

  • Experience with green initiative programs (LEED, SITES, etc.) and low impact development

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong graphic skills and ability to organize and present ideas graphically

  • Strong public speaking skills


  • Landscape Architecture or combined LA/Urban Design degree from an accredited program

  • Professional Landscape Architecture Registration - (MA, CT, and NH preferred)

  • Ten years of directly related professional landscape architecture and urban design experience

Please submit applications and samples of your portfolio online.

New employees will be onboarded virtually and begin their employment from home. We are in the process of planning for a safe return to the workplace in alignment with government and CDC guidelines.

VHB is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.


ID: 2021-1764

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Street: 101 Walnut Street

Telecommute: No