Project Architect

Office

Chicago

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The Project Architect would be part of SCB’s integrated Campus Environments Studio and will work collaboratively with architects, designers, and planners to design and deliver projects that support student success. An ideal candidate will exhibit a passion for design and will coordinate and direct internal project teams, external consultants, and contractors on medium to large-scale projects. They will be directly responsible for fulfilling project goals, delivering exceptional client service, meeting budgets and schedules, and assuring the overall quality of SCB projects.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organizes the work efforts of SCB’s project team on a day to day basis and functions as the primary facilitator of communication with the Client and other members of the project team
  • Is integral in the formulation of project design philosophy and adheres strictly to this philosophy in the execution of the work and in assignments to junior staff.
  • Recognizes the qualitative goals set forth for each project and works toward achieving these goals while balancing design, technical and business objectives.
  • Establishes detailed work plans to meet project milestones and continually monitors progress.
  • Monitors the time spent by staff at all levels during all project phases and modifies the project work plan to conform with the fee, budget and schedule, or takes other action to correct situations where tasks extend beyond the project fee, budget and/or schedule.
  • Directs and supervises work of junior level staff in preparation of drawings, studies, models and other project tasks. Mentors and trains junior staff in a constructive and thoughtful manner.
  • Exhibits thorough understanding of complex building materials and systems, details and construction techniques, primary structural and MEPFP systems and their operation, and secondary building systems.
  • Exhibits thorough understanding of zoning, building code, and other regulatory requirements as they relate to the project and checks documents for compliance.
  • Conducts conferences with regulatory officials and prepares strategies to address interpretative issues related to building regulations.
  • Participates in strategic discussion with senior management on issues that affect the Firm’s performance, perception in the marketplace, client satisfaction and profitability.
  • Researches and promotes opportunities for new or innovative system applications. Actively looks for and implements techniques to improve quality of work and efficiency.
  • Promotes a positive team environment with cooperative and interactive working methods and sets a high example of professionalism and leadership for junior staff.

Essential Skills/Attributes

  • 5 or 6-year accredited professional degree in architecture.
  • 10+ years’ experience on large scale, multi-disciplined projects. License preferred or near completion.
  • Strong portfolio of Higher Education projects is beneficial.
  • Proficiency with Revit and familiarity with graphic illustration software programs such as 3D Studio Max, and Adobe / Affinity Creative Suites. Proficiency with New Forma preferred.
  • Highly developed aesthetic sense in the use of materials, color, form, texture, proportion, composition
  • Working knowledge of zoning ordinances and the process by which design solutions are quantified, illustrated and explained to approval authority’s ability to work effectively with a variety of individuals including clients, consultants, code officials and construction trades
  • Displays technical knowledge of building systems, material assemblies, and engineering concepts
  • Ability to take charge and respectfully direct younger staff at all project stages
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Project.
  • Professional manner and reputation for fair and consistent business dealings with all parties
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven leadership abilities and mature judgment

Perform Other Duties as Assigned

The above constitutes a general description of the Project Architect job duties as of the publication date.  SCB reserves the right to alter job duties and assignments and to assign additional and/or alternative duties from time to time in its sole discretion.