Our team is innovative and tenacious, fiercely advocating for our clients even in the face of adversity. Austin is a notoriously difficult place to complete development jobs in, but our team has the knowledge and expertise to look at the bigger picture, contribute beyond rigid scopes of work, and ensure that the end product is of the highest quality.

Jim Schissler, PE, LEED AP

Vice President


  • MS Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
  • BS Civil Engineering, The University of Maryland, College Park

Jim is a Vice President and Partner with Civilitude Engineers and Planners. He has more than 30 years of experience in design and project management of civil engineering projects in a variety of disciplines, including 20 years’ experience in Austin and Central Texas in land development for commercial, industrial, institutional and residential projects. With his extensive knowledge of the City of Austin regulations and requirements, he is able to minimize the time and cost of securing site plan permits. His experiences in several states and on hundreds of projects enable him to find solutions that are outside the box and cost-efficient.

Jim manages the design, submittal and permitting of site development projects in the Austin metropolitan area including conceptual design and feasibility, preliminary plans, subdivision platting, hydrologic and hydraulic studies, stormwater management facility design, roadway and utility layout, site grading and erosion control, design report and specifications writing, project budgeting and cost estimating. His site development project experience includes preparation of street and drainage improvement construction plans and specifications for numerous large site development projects, permit application and approvals for projects from local, county and state agencies, team building and coordination with other design professionals to ensure deadlines and budgets are met and his clients’ goals are achieved.

Affiliation & Involvement

  • Commissioner, City of Austin Planning Commission