Immediately Hiring A Pre-Development Design Lead (Landscape Architect or Civil Engineer)

Posted: 06/07/2022

The Landform team is about to become even more dynamic – you could be our next Pre-Development Design Lead.

Ready for a fresh, contemporary take on design and development consulting? Landform helps private and public-sector clients create memorable places across the country.

You're a fit if you're passionate and interested in doing innovative and purposeful work that matters. If you align with our values—quality, leadership, relationships, mentorship, and enthusiasm. If you're positive, collaborative, and have plenty of pizazz.

We work in a studio model where everyone works side-by-side throughout each project's lifecycle so that you can focus on great work as you collaborate with all kinds of roles and experience levels. Three studios comprise the firm –Planning & Urban DesignRetail & Commercial Design, and Residential DesignCivil engineersplannersland surveyorsdevelopment managerslandscape architects, and administrative support roles are part of the team.

We are looking for a Pre-Development Design Lead to join our Residential, and Retail & Commercial Design Studios in our downtown Minneapolis office (with an opportunity for a hybrid workplace after acclimation).  The ideal candidate will be responsible for all aspects of pre-development activities including initial site evaluation, coordination with planning on zone/land use/entitlement, concept design, and development analysis.

You’ll come with a knowledge of qualifications, competencies, requirements, capabilities, and knowledge:


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture or Civil Engineering
  • Ability to prepare conceptual development plans incorporating engineering requirements
  • Ability to prepare project renderings, graphics, project marketing materials, and presentations
  • Ability to work with design teams in a collaborative environment
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of private development projects and processes
  • Proficient in a Windows and Microsoft 365 environment
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Cloud, Civil 3D
  • Self-motivated and growth-minded
  • Understanding the software necessary to complete the level of communication needed


  • The ability to present projects at public hearings is a plus
  • Licensed, or on a path to professional licensure is a plus

You’ll be expected to do/job responsibilities/tasks:

Familiarize yourself with Landform’s Mission, Vision, and Values in your everyday work, such as:

  • RELATIONSHIPS: assist other team members, appropriate communication with clients, jurisdictional staff, and contractors
  • MENTORSHIP: be a mentee to more experienced Designers and team members, work with others in a learning capacity, willingness to learn
  • ENTHUSIASM: positive attitude, punctuality, strong work ethic, high utilization

 Using the software and tools provided, become familiar and use Landform’s systems and standards to:

  • Assist in preparing basic project proformas and financial analysis
  • Preparation and coordination of design drawings and development applications
  • Report to Development Manager and has the support of Development Coordinator and Planners
  • Work independently, completing tasks with assistance when needed

Let’s talk about your future path with the Landform team.

Job seekers who are a match with Landform appreciate fast-paced and diverse work, the option of working in our office or remotely, a well-appointed and flexible work environment, collaborative teams of specialists that put a high priority on a job well done, and the importance of environmental sustainability.


  • Health
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life/Disability
  • Paid holidays
  • FTO
  • 401K employer contribution
  • Technology reimbursement
  • Professional registration renewal fees
  • Educational allowance
  • Supplemental life
  • Mental health care
  • Career advancement
  • Profit-sharing
  • Charitable gift matching
  • Work from home options
  • Flexible hours
  • Volunteer time
  • Free lunch or snacks
  • Employee Assistance
  • Job training
  • Tuition assistance

Social benefits:

  • Annual employee appreciation nights
  • Annual family events
  • Ping pong table (In our downtown Minneapolis office)
  • Fully stocked juice & pop
  • Monthly happy hours
  • Popcorn machine (In our downtown Minneapolis office)
  • Monthly birthday & anniversary celebrations
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Networking opportunities
  • Fun and flexible schedule
  • Professional development
  • Socially responsible
  • Diversity commitment
  • Pledge to thrive
  • Fair chance pledge
  • Pet friendly

At Landform, you can:

  • FORM YOUR PATH. Together, we’ll work to achieve your ideal career, including how your hard work will be rewarded.
  • FORM YOUR TEAM. It’s less about traditional hierarchy and more about collaborating toward the right solution.
  • FORM YOUR FUTURE. Your immersive experiences prepare you with skills to take on your future – including a unique portfolio and proficiency in working with cutting-edge tools.

Propel your career today.

A brief written description can’t do the real Landform experience justice.  Apply now to take the next step toward coming in for an interview to see the difference firsthand.

Learn more about Landform.

In 1994 Landform was created to redefine the way civil engineering firms functioned by forming multidisciplinary studios focused on specific market segments.  We began providing a comprehensive design approach based on our commitment to learning about our client’s businesses and helping them succeed and grow.

For more than 25 years, our philosophy has helped us build strong client relationships through our commitment to our values of quality, leadership, relationships, mentorship, and enthusiasm every step of the way.

Now we are looking forward to another 25 years of helping our clients succeed and create memorable places!