GROUND STUDIO is an award-winning landscape architecture studio with offices in Monterey, Napa, and Santa Barbara. Our work celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of each client and place, maintaining a consistent focus on design excellence, thorough project management, and superior service. Our process is rooted in collaboration. Team members are involved throughout the project, from design conception to details, demanding dedicated engagement in the entire process. Visit www.groundstudio.com for an overview of our work.



We are seeking candidates for the Senior Designer/Landscape Architect position to join our Monterey, CA office. We are looking for a Senior Designer with a minimum of 10 years post-graduate professional experience in the residential design sector.  The ideal candidate is one who is driven, passionate, deadline-oriented, articulate, and responsive to a collaborative design environment. This full-time in-person position in our Monterey studio with a competitive yearly salary range between 110K – 150K commensurate with experience. We follow a Compressed Work Week that typically allows for every other Friday off. Company benefits include paid time off, medical, dental, vision, and term life insurance coverage. Our company perks include education and wellness stipends, the potential for yearly bonuses, and participation in a 401K retirement plan.



Senior Designers guide project teams through the oversight and direction of Project Managers in the typical studio process. The focus of this role is to provide inspiration, guidance, and oversight for project design and process for Project Managers.

  • Exemplify the Ground Studio philosophy and core values to project teams, both internal and external
  • Be a support for Partners by attending early design/site meetings and capturing big-picture ideas to inform the project story
  • Develop a project story document and communicate the vision to Project Manager and Design Staff for the project
  • Provide regular updates to Partners regarding project status and needs
  • Coordinate with all Project Managers on project budgets and report to Partners on progress and updates regularly
  • Present to project teams when needed in collaboration with or on behalf of Partners
  • Be thoroughly versed in Project Workflow and Project Manager job description and be able to guide Project Managers in Ground Studio standards
  • Guidance for Project Managers, including:
    • Design direction
    • Priority setting
    • Encouraging responsiveness to the entire project team
    • Setting expectations for professional conduct
    • Seeking closure and completeness, with daily efficiency
    • Communicating clear expectations of all deliverables



  • Vectorworks Landmark, current year
  • SketchUp
  • MS Office Suite
  • Adobe Design Suite
  • Hand sketching and lettering
  • Strong leadership and communication skills



  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture or Architecture
    Licensed Landscape Architect (California license preferred, but not required)
  • Currently authorized to work in the US without the need for a visa sponsorship now or in the future
  • A minimum of 10 years in a high-level design leadership position at a comparable firm



Please email your resume, cover letter, and portfolio/samples of relevant work in PDF format (up to 25MB, link to download if larger) to careers@groundstudio.com. Include “Monterey Senior Designer/ Landscape Architect” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

To apply for this job email your details to info@groundstudio.com

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