Higher Education Campus Planner

Colliers Engineering & Design
Philadelphia, PA
Added: January 18, 2024

Colliers Engineering & Design, is looking for an experienced campus planner to join our Mid-Atlantic & Northeast Buildings team.

This individual may work on public/private higher education, program work, and/or multi-use projects.

Our team of talented and creative architects work closely as trusted partners with our clients throughout the design process to realize a jointly conceived vision. We offer a full range of services from preliminary planning and feasibility studies through final design and construction inspection for both full build-out, renovations and adaptive reuse projects. Our markets include commercial development, warehousing, pre K-12 and higher education, science and technology, municipal and public works agencies, offices and corporate facilities, and retail and food.

Our in-house team of architects, interior designers, engineers, and planners skillfully balance design constraints with the clients’ needs and desired outcome. This creates collaborative, dynamic and timeless designs. Our professionals also provide mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) design; programming, corporate branding, standards integration, workstation specification, facilities and construction management support, energy solutions, and LEED certification. We take pride in delivering results that are innovative, sustainable and award winning.


  • Evaluate higher education facilities, open space, and infrastructure.
  • Evaluate campus condition, capacity, utilization, usage patterns, and institutional metrics.
  • Integrate campus data, physical condition analysis, and recommendations with institutional strategic planning and key performance indicators.
  • Merge cross-disciplinary data and principles to advance planning and design of complex projects.
  • Conduct research and collect data, identify relevant precedents, and develop analysis diagrams.
  • Synthesize quantitative and qualitative information to generate flexible implementation and capital planning strategies.
  • Organize and manage campus and community engagement exercises.
  • Generate planning concepts, rendered plans, and create graphics.
  • Generate planning reports that meet client needs regarding content, schedule, and budget.
  • Communicating with clients and building/maintaining those relationships.
  • Problem-solving for design solutions.
  • Surveying onsite work at client facilities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design.
  • Licensed in the US in planning, architecture, and/or landscape architecture.
  • 10+ years' experience leading comprehensive planning projects for colleges and universities.
  • Understanding of Higher Education academic organizational structures, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Experience with campus-scale assessment, analytics, diagramming, conceptualization, prioritization, and phasing.
  • Experience with Higher Education facility programming, design, and project development.
  • Experience with user survey methodology.
  • Able to develop space reallocation strategies.
  • Experience with higher education issues, trends, and facilities.
  • Able to identify evolving best practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Understanding of planning and urban design, building typologies, transportation, land development planning, zoning codes, phasing considerations, and implementation techniques.
  • Able to translate data, engagement, assessment, and concepts into compelling narratives.
  • Able to develop short and long-term campus planning goals through analysis.
  • Able to work closely with others.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Able to build relationships and communicate at every level of a project.
  • Able to work independently with minimal instruction.
  • Client facing experience.
  • Experience with leading, coaching, and mentoring junior staff.
  • Proficient/Experienced with Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, GIS, and Adobe Creative Suite.

What We Offer

At Colliers Engineering & Design, our people are our most important resource. That’s why we are committed to providing all our employees with a safe, comfortable work environment, potential for career advancement, and the ability to impact society through their projects as well as Company sponsored activities.

This dedication begins with supporting a work life balance through a generous compensation package that includes: company paid medical, dental, and vision coverage; paid pregnancy disability leave; short- and long-term disability insurance; life insurance; a company-matched 401(k)/Roth; paid time off that includes parental and military leave; employee referral and professional license bonuses and a straight time policy that compensates exempt employees for billable hours worked in excess of 40 billable hours within a work week.

We have also created an internal culture that provides the resources and technology needed to encourage personal and professional growth opportunities through reimbursement for education; a free in-house resource for hundreds of educational and self-enrichment courses; mentorship program; wellness program; Women’s Organization and ongoing philanthropic opportunities.

Apply today to learn how you can join our team of professionals, so we can help you Accelerate Your Success !