Job: Associate or Senior Associate at UDLA, AU

Job description


UDLA is a leading Western Australian multidisciplinary design studio delivering landscape-led projects that are grounded in real places and people. Our collaborative, ideas-driven approach results in design that has a positive and lasting impact. We have a diverse portfolio encompassing projects of wide-ranging scales, places, and mediums across Western Australia. We work in a collaborative studio environment where ideas, initiative and a passion for good design are highly valued.


We are seeking an Associate (or Senior Associate) to join our team. At UDLA, our Associates enjoy being leaders in our firm.  As autonomous project leaders, they apply niche skillsets and highly technical expertise in collaboration with our clients and stakeholders to create impactful design projects that live and breathe the wider UDLA philosophy.  They make a significant contribution to new opportunities and are relied on to be part of building the future success of our business.  They demonstrate a high level of maturity, clarity of thought and decision-making and demonstrate a strong ability to understand the core issues of private practice.

Exciting growth opportunities exist at UDLA as we continue to grow the business and explore new areas of practice.  This role will appeal to candidates who are looking for new challenges, hungry to make an impact and seeking to shape their career in a positively engaged studio, where each person cares about what we do and how it impacts people and the planet.

An attractive salary package will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Role Focus

The immediate opportunity is focused on managing the delivery of major projects in the transport infrastructure space. That said, the role will evolve to encompass a range of other projects over time. UDLA is committed to expanding our opportunities in projects of major scale, significance and complexity, in particular, but not limited to, infrastructure and integrated precincts projects.

Key Responsibilities

– Project Delivery

– Work with the Project Director, team members and collaborators to build influence in the broader project team environment and deliver high-quality landscape and urban design outcomes.

– Independently lead the creative and technical design aspects of large, complex projects.

– Provide advice to clients, stakeholders and other UDLA project teams using specialist knowledge or design expertise.

– Assist the Project Director in all aspects of project, client and commercial management, including contracting, scope, negotiations, finance and administration.

– Ensure all deadlines, expectations and project deliverables are met in accordance with project QA and compliance assurance requirements.

– Manage Construction Phase Support (CPS) activities in accordance with the scope of UDLA’s responsibilities and project processes / requirements.

– Business Development and Client Management.

– Maintain strong relationships with clients, stakeholders, community and construction contacts at all times.

– Resolve issues promptly and to the satisfaction of all parties involved, whilst always acting in UDLA’s best strategic interest.

– Develop relationships beyond the ‘one off’ project – build and aim for repeat business opportunities as appropriate.

– Maintain a strong profile in the industry, and actively attend professional networking events;

– Utilise networks to source new clients for UDLA.

– Lead proposal and tender responses, including writing and coordinating a significant portion of the approach, content and solution.

Team & Culture

– Lead project teams to ensure all deliverables are met.

– Provide technical mentoring and leadership to less experienced teammates.

– Be a people manager, responsible for career development for selected people.

– Support thought leadership activities and contribute to the UDLA philosophy and profile by presenting papers on key topics at universities or industry events.

– Contribute to the management of the business (this will be tailored to individual talents / interest / capacity).

Selection Criteria

Required experience and qualifications:

– Minimum 10 years of experience in a Senior Landscape Architect or related Built Environment role.

– Experience working on projects in major landscape / public realm, architectural / built-form, civil, urban development or infrastructure development.

– Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning or similar.

– Contract / design / construction administration skills (desirable).

Required skills:

– A proven leader in urban planning, landscape architecture or similar projects.

– Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in major project design and delivery or equivalent depth and breadth of generalist expertise.

– Demonstrated experience leading and managing large, complex projects.

– Excellent relationship-building and stakeholder management abilities.

– Experience in leading aspects of a consultancy business beyond existing client management – new business development and team leadership.

– Strong knowledge of and ability to effectively apply a participatory design approach.

– Strong written and verbal communication skills, including experience in developing written proposals and tenders and project delivery.


This is a full-time role, located in Fremantle and on-site.
An attractive salary package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
Quick start preferable, but not a deal breaker.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and a cover letter addressed to Carl at stating the job position title in the subject header. Please address the Required Skills & Capabilities and Key Experience Requirements in your letter and CV, where relevant.
If you’re interested in what you read, submit your application without delay for the best chance to land this role.

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Job Location

Fremantle / Western Australia / Australia

Method of applications

Email the address supplied in the Job Description

Deadine for applications

September 30, 2023

Published on July 31, 2023

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