Denver wants to hire a top designer to focus on the city’s urban design and architecture

The city wants to hire a City Urban Designer to make sure the city stays pretty.

Sunset over the city. Dec. 12, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Sunset over the city. Dec. 12, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The city’s planning department said Tuesday it’s looking to hire Denver’s first City Urban Designer.

The position would require someone who can focus on how the city looks and feels, all while paying close attention to how future development will shape the city and preserving the city’s historic properties. A release from the city’s planning office said the person will bring a new level of attention to the “quality of urban design and architecture” in the city.

The person will work closely with city policymakers, residents and developers. The person would need to follow the big, long-term goals set up by the 2019 Blueprint Denver plan and the city’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The position will require someone to advance urban design in the city that is equitable and sustainable, two things both of those plans call for.

“We’re looking for the right person who understands how sustainability and affordability goals can align with design excellence,” executive director of Community Planning and Development Laura E. Aldrete said in the release.

A job posting for the position shows ideal candidates will need to have a strong understanding of urban design principles, knowledge of the local real estate market with certain emphasis like on-site development, and have more than 10 years of experience in urban design. It shows the salary will range between $120,198 to $204,336 depending on experience and education.

Similar positions exist in cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City, according to the city’s planning office’s release.

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