Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  232588
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Date:  Nov 15, 2023

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Planning & Design, the Planner/Architect will provide facilities planning, space planning and capital planning services on a variety of projects for Duke University.


The Office of Planning & Design is responsible for facilitating planning efforts and design oversight for all of Duke University’s new construction, renovations, infrastructure upgrades and major building maintenance initiatives. The Office consists of a professional staff with experience and backgrounds in campus planning, architecture, space planning, landscape architecture, CAD and GIS.

With a high level of accountability, the Planner/Architect will meet with user groups on campus to develop programs, test-fits and conceptual plans/layouts of needs within on and off-campus buildings. The Planner/Architect will also coordinate with consultants and contractors to develop conceptual budgets and schedules for implementing projects. .


Overview of Key Responsibilities:

  • Works with user groups, departments and management to obtain information and develop an understanding of space needs
  • Develops programs, test-fits and conceptual layouts for academic or administrative departmental space needs on campus.
  • Initiates and distributes questionnaires and surveys to collect program and space data for on and off campus departments.
  • Applies space utilization metrics and best practices to assess academic and administrative space.
  • Applies knowledge of applicable building and accessibility codes to test fits and conceptual layouts.
  • Ensures that all new projects are in compliance with the University Master Plan.
  • Supports established working groups and committees in regards to project planning.
  • Keeps relevant of current trends, pedagogy and best practices in planning.
  • Assesses information to analyze current space and campus planning. Makes recommendations to integrate into master plan, strategic plan and facilities planning issues.
  • Conducts space utilization studies for campus clients.
  • Assists the Director of Planning & Design, University Architect and the Director of Project Management with the selection of planning and design consultants.
  • Performs related duties as required




General Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture, planning, interior design or related field.
  • Min 4-6 years of relevant experience.


Specific Skills and Competencies:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of programming, space planning, design, and master planning in a university setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of space utilization metrics and best practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of AutoCAD, Indesign/Adobe Suite, MS Office Suite and other related software systems.
  • Strong graphic skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to collaborate with faculty, staff, internal clients, and external consultants and authorities.
  • Excellent written skills and the ability to draft documents, memos and reports.


About Duke University Facilities Management

Facilities Management supports the mission of Duke University by providing excellence in planning, design, construction, cleanliness, operations and maintenance for facilities, grounds and utilities in a customer-focused, safe, efficient and sustainable manner.

For more information about Duke Facilities, please go to:

Application Process


Interested applicants should send applications or inquires to Michelle Jenkins, Human Resources Director for Facilities at

EEO Statement

Duke University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans. Duke University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.




Knowledge, Skills and Abilities




Minimum Qualifications




Work requires an Associate's degree in Drafting, Architecture, Design or a related field to develop appropriate technical skills and analytical abilities.




Work requires five years of progressively responsible experience in OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE drafting, architecture, design and/or project management to include job estimating and project programming. A Bachelor's degree in Architecture or Design may offset two years of required experience.


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


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