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Laboratory Planner
Baltimore, Maryland

Our client is a Top 5 global healthcare system, receiving honors and accolades for consistently driving innovative and impactful healthcare research and delivery. World class talent permeates every aspect of the organization, providing industry leadership in healthcare, research, facilities, planning, engineering, and design. Their team-oriented structure promotes collaboration and innovation, while supporting ongoing investment in talent and technology. Their planning and design focused culture is collaborative and passionate, providing an engaging balance with which to thrive professionally while positively impacting patient outcomes. Given the healthcare system’s organic growth and success they are seeking a Laboratory Planner in Baltimore, MD. 

Recognized globally for excellence in healthcare delivery and life sciences research, the healthcare system and School of Medicine are growing their laboratory planning expertise with talented individuals interested in a collaborative and supportive environment that promotes creative and innovative laboratory planning & design. The Laboratory Planner is a talented architect, passionate about the planning and design of life sciences research environments, focused on providing innovative spaces for life sciences research to flourish. With a proven understanding of concepts and trends influencing life sciences research, they will apply their laboratory planning expertise to cutting-edge life sciences research and learning environments. The Laboratory Planner will also proactively provide consultation and analyses on long-term life sciences research facility needs. Ideal candidates will have experience with new technologies, research, report writing, and presentations. 


  • Plans, designs, and prepares architectural project scopes, including concept drawings, presentation drawings, graphic presentations and other relevant documents relating to additions, alterations, and renovations. Develops space layouts, plans and other documents relating to lab planning, space analyses, and designs of additions, alterations, and renovations.
  • Functions as a lead in project and laboratory planning efforts by investigating the functional and operational requirements of various departments and establishing the appropriate building program to support operations for renovations and new construction projects.
  • Resolves routine and complex internal functional issues, space constraints, and interrelated functional problems that surface during planning and implementation. Partner with clients to integrate strategic planning with clinical, operational, facility and technology planning.
  • Leads user/client meetings including interviewing departmental leadership and reviewing business plans. Provide alternate design solutions for consideration based on client feedback.
  • Partners with planning and architect consultants in developing comprehensive campus master facility plans and master space utilization plans.
  • Routinely supervises and oversees the work of other team staff on specific projects, providing guidance, leadership, and motivational support.
  • Leads and manages the development, reviews, and oversight of efforts to update/maintain drawing standards, and standard finishes and specifications.
  • Provides direction and oversight to the work of consultant designers.
  • Develops presentations for internal and external parties; leads presentations to internal parties.
  • Performs efforts under the management of the Planning Executive, Director, or Senior Director.


  • Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in Architecture required.


  • 2+ years of experience in laboratory design 
  • Demonstrated ability in application of codes and standards as referenced above.
  • Experience with multi-structure facilities is preferred.


  • Current, valid professional registration as Registered Architect (R.A.) in Maryland or have the qualifications to pursue professional registration.


  • Good working knowledge and understanding of building codes in general and practical knowledge in how to read, interpret and understanding the rationale behind the codes. Specific experience with International Building Code (IBC), ADA, NFPA Life Safety Code, Hospital Design Guidelines of the Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI), Behavioral Health Guidelines.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, latest Version, is preferred.
  • Functional knowledge of computer applications (PC- and network-based), including Windows, departmental e-mail, word processing, database, spreadsheet, project management, and presentation packages.
  • Demonstrated partnering and professional leadership skills required to interview and communicate with departmental leaders, directors, staff, consultants, and clients. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required.
  • High level of ability to solve problems and manage information indicated herein.
  • Ability to plan, research, analyze, coordinate, implement and present project requirements.
  • Interacts professionally with hospital staff as well as contractors, manufacturers, vendors, and consultants.