Landscape Architect + Associate Principal

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Landscape Architect + Associate Principal

  • Full Time
  • Denver, CO
  • $120,000 – $150,000 USD / Year
  • Salary: $120,000 – $150,000
  • Work visa required

Website DTJ Design, Inc.

DTJ DESIGN (DTJ), an award-winning international multi-discipline design firm, has a once-in-a-career opportunity for an Associate Principal + Landscape Architect in our NEW Denver Office! This is an exciting leadership opportunity that will be based in our new Denver office. This role is intended to be on a Principal/Owner track with DTJ.

Who We Are: DTJ is a multi-disciplined design firm featuring Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Land Planning, often as an integrated service. DTJ offers four (4) awesome office locations: Denver, CO; Boulder, CO; Atlanta, GA; and Austin, TX.  DTJ has a diverse portfolio of high-quality projects on a variety of scales around the globe including primary single family, townhome, & multi-family housing, clubs & amenities, resort/hospitality, senior living, mixed-use, planned communities, high- profile public places, and themed attractions. You can learn more about us at

DTJ provides an ideal atmosphere for designers and leaders to excel within a collaborative environment.  DTJ’s Leaders each serve as a source of vision, bringing diverse backgrounds, market understanding, and enthusiasm for innovative and sustainable solutions.  Leaders can be directly involved in all stages of the design process.  At DTJ, those in leadership are responsible for aspects of DTJ’s practice in a meaningful way.  This includes involvement with at least two of what we refer to as the “three legs of the stool” – a marketing responsibility, a design responsibility, and a business responsibility.  The most highly compensated leaders have a role, if not a strength in all three.

Experience: The ideal candidate will be a Licensed Landscape Architect with 15 – 20 years of experience and will be well rounded in all aspects of business development, project design, and delivery. Client interaction, business development, and office leadership are essential in this role, and experience with Planning is a plus. Leading and inspiring a team of other design professionals is a key expectation. Passion, artistry, and design creativity coupled with an organizational focus are important characteristics. Existing client relationships and the ability to develop additional client relationships will be a significant focus of this candidate’s experience and abilities. Experience in one or more of DTJ’s areas of focus is required.  This role will be supported by DTJ’s extensive marketing staff, Director of Business Development as well as the Principal and Associate groups and their deep business networks and contacts. The successful candidate can anticipate the following role expectations:

Business Development and Marketing:

Leads business development and marketing tasks, proposal and contract preparation, and client communication.
Facilitates repeat work and expanding scope, has awareness of Client’s business plan and how we might service their next phase or project.
Participates in Client Interviews and industry events.
Participates in Client prospecting in association with other Associates or Principals.
Is directly responsible for generating $500,000 or more of new work annually.  Over time this goal will be increased.


Demonstrate DTJ’s core values, inspiring others in the Mountain Western region and across the firm.
Devises new approaches to problems encountered.
Writes and directs complicated agreement scope and fees.
Provide leadership in respective studio, Denver office, and administrative staff. Focus on quality and profitability of projects as well as training and growth of staff in their studio.
Actively participates in marketing strategy and project pursuit for at least one market segment and/or location.
Enthusiastically promotes and sustains DTJ Design’s culture.

Business Management:

Responsible for ensuring successful project delivery across all studios.
Monitors financial performance of all projects.  Participates in course correction strategies to ensure adequate profitability.
Leader in the Denver office, mentors staff and assists in staff development.
Forecasts project volume and staffing needs, including overseeing staff utilization.  Participates in strategic hires.

Creative Opportunity:

Strategic design and client relationship management.
Upholding DTJ’s design quality and project type expectations.
Interfaces with client, participates in marketing tasks, contract preparation, and client relations.
Promote and expand DTJ’s brand through speaking, publishing, and participating in professional organizations.
Choreographs creative solutions in all aspects of DTJ’s practice.

Why Work at DTJ? DTJ offers this role competitive compensation with an excellent benefits package including profit sharing, 401k, medical insurance, four weeks paid time off with the option of purchasing additional time, and seven federal holidays. Most importantly, DTJ offers an exciting career path working in a multi-discipline firm with unparalleled advancement opportunities.

*Salary Range is $120,000 – $150,000, pending experience.

Anticipated application window (7/2/2024 – 7/26/2024)

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