Architect - CCJ&E

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We are seeking an Architect to join our Civic, Community, Justice & Education (CCJ&E) Practice to lead multiple projects through the design process, production of construction documents, and construction administration as part of our project team. The ideal candidate has extensive experience working on projects such as: police stations and fire stations. Experience in public safety is preferred. Other preferred experience includes: courthouses and judicial buildings, city and county buildings, correctional facilities, and public works.

As an Architect, you must demonstrate leadership qualities and a collaborative approach to the successful production of design and/or construction documents. Candidates should demonstrate experience in all aspects of the design process including Programming, Master Planning, Conceptual, Schematic and Design Development presentations, 3D modeling, and the technical proficiency to successfully implement designs through the CD/CA phases. Responsibilities would include participation in design phase activities and coordinating with clients, consultants, and contractors throughout the project. A Bachelors degree in either Architecture or Interior Design is required. Registered Architects or individuals seeking registration are preferred.

Attributes to support the NELSON Culture: Go All-In, Keep It Real, Embrace Growth, Think Boldly and Be You:

Go All-In – Take responsibility for your actions, do what you say and always lead by example

Keep It Real - Communicate with empathy, transparency and respect to support each other in the pursuit of great work

Embrace Growth - Seek to learn, grow and experiment to fuel our future

Think Boldly - Exude a passion for problem solving, creativity and curiosity in everything you do

Be You – Express your unique self and actively engage in our fun, diverse community of real people

Critical features of this job are described under the headings below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

Good understanding of design, trends, construction methodology, materials application and manufacturer-supplier appropriateness.

Ability to adhere to project budgets and schedules.

Good knowledge of building regulations, life safety codes and ADA requirements.

Good knowledge of the construction process.

Good knowledge of design techniques, tools, and processes involved in production of Construction Documents.

Good knowledge of product specifications and detailing.

Basic knowledge of LEED and Well requirements

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Ability to organize and prioritize tasks as needed to complete within the identified time frame.

Ability to hand draw and sketch.

Required: Proficiency in AutoCAD/Architectural Desktop or Revit, MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Bluebeam Revu,

Basic knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup

Basic knowledge of MS Project

Basic knowledge of Newforma Project Center

Basic knowledge of Deltek

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned:


Assist project team with design and technical questions during the project.

Share knowledge with the entire studio and be a resource to the entire NELSON staff

Be a mentor to staff, including interns

Direct a team of Teammates

Project Delivery:

Assist with proposal and contract documents

Contribute to the work plan for each project

Prepare and oversee the preparation of Concept, Schematic Design, Design Development and Construction Documents

Conduct field survey as required

Generate overall project design concepts

Develop and/or oversee the development of design concepts into complete design development set and further advance into complete construction drawings

Oversee material research and compilation of project data and incorporation throughout the project

Prepare project specifications

Communicate with project team members and resolve drawing discrepancies independently

Coordinate and incorporate work of internal and external project consultants

Oversee the preparation of Addenda and Bullentin documentation

Review Shop Drawings

Review, respond to and track RFIs

Attend construction meetings, make periodic site observation visits as required by contract

Prepare and update punch lists as required

Adhere to NELSON standards in the preparation of deliverables

Review and correct your own work and works of the project team including both internal & external consultants following established QA procedures

Review and understand applicable building codes and other standards (including Accessibility Standards)

Prepare zoning and building code analysis and review

Assist with the timely submittal of drawings to the appropriate authorities having jurisdiction

Oversee the maintenance and archiving of electronic project files

Understand project scope and identify items that are beyond the original scope of services and bring attention to Team Lead

Draft Client Agreement change orders and Sub Consultant agreement change ordered as directed by Team Leader

Prepare meeting agendas, meeting minutes, phone conversation notes, etc. to document the process of the project and directions received from the Client.

Attend project meetings

Share knowledge with other teammates and assist team with design and/or detailing challenges

Client Relationships:

Maintain secondary client contact as back up to primary contact

Business Development:

Assist in secondary marketing by maintaining good working relationships with Client contacts

Attend interviews as requested by Team Leaders, Studio or Managing Directors

Continuing Education and Professional Development:

Maintain licensure by fulfilling continuing education requirements.

Continuously enhance skills in required software by attending in-house training and working on billable projects.

Enhance management and communication skills.

Education / Experience:

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from an accredited University plus:

8+ years’ experience; or equivalent in appropriate education and experience working in the field of Architecture.


Licensure: Registered Architects or individuals seeking registration preferred

Expertise in AutoCAD, Revit, SpecLink,, Newforma, SketchUp, Photoshop and InDesign

Advanced knowledge of building life safety and ADA codes

Aptitude to communicate ideas and direction quickly

Strong leadership, organization, communication and relationship management skills

National salary range for Registered Architect with 7+ years experience (regional cost of living factors and licensure are considered in the hiring process): $80,000 - $120,000, plus bonuses and benefits; contingent on relevant experience.



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