Landscape Architect Design Leader

Website MKSK

Shape Place - Improve Lives - Share the Story

MKSK is a 100% employee owned landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm known for creative solutions addressing economic, social, environmental, historical, and cultural challenges within our cities.  Our 90+ person team of Landscape Architects, Urban Planners & Graphic Designers work throughout the Midwest and Southeast Regions from 7 offices in 5 states.

MKSK focuses on the planning and design of downtown, waterfront, neighborhood, cultural, and campus environments. Our relationships with cities, institutions, and private sector development clients span generations. We are passionate about our work and the legacy of our practice!

We are seeking a talented Mid to Senior level Landscape Architect to be a design leader in either our Columbus or Cincinnati, OH offices.  MKSK has a fast-paced work environment with many simultaneous projects.  Key traits for success in this position are a strong design sense, a spirit of collaboration, and the ability to lead projects both internally with our team and externally with our clients.


Primary Responsibilities

Project Delivery:            Ground all design decisions in the needs of the community and the purpose of this practice.

Project Management:      Sound business practice begins with effective project management:  exercise a highly-organized, proactive, consistent and internal protocol-compliant approach to executing project work and professional services.

Community Engagement: Listen with respect and humility.  Think & communicate with objective clarity.  Cultivate trust and long-term relationships.

Business Development:   Introduce communities and clients to a refreshing way of listening, thinking and creatively moving forward.  Present our firm and work in a way that causes people to lean-in and want to hear more.  Serve as an expert, thought leader, and trusted advisor.

Professional Development: Grow and practice with a sense of purpose:  shape place, impact lives.

Office Culture:               Practice with the highest level of professionalism and respect at all times with all people and with every interaction.  Promote and practice collaboration; share freely and frequently.  Mentor and teach – it is not enough to be a strong performer; you must make others strong performers.


Skills Required

•Demonstrated ability to manage projects and staff and development of high-quality documents.

•Strong interpersonal and “soft” skills, collaborative and engaging personal style.

•Ability to collaborate in a team environment and effectively meet deadlines.

•Ability to clearly communicate design ideas.

•Proficiency in standard industry software: ACAD, Revit, InDesign, Illustrator, Full Adobe Suite, Sketch-Up, or similar software.


Education and Experience Requirements  

•Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture. Educational backgrounds in Architecture,  Urban Planning or Urban Design are also to be considered.

•Minimum 10+ years experience.

MKSK offers competitive salary, benefits, an employee stock ownership program and we emphasize workplace flexibility.  Please apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and portfolio to Tim Schmalenberger at

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