Sustainable Architectural Staff - Virginia

Cooper Carry Cooper Carry Employer:
Alexandria, VA, USLocation:
Fri, Jun 20 '14Posted on:

Cooper Carry is one of America's most dynamic, context-driven design firms focused on the creation of EXCEPTIONAL PLACES - neighborhoods, buildings, spaces and landscapes crafted to enrich the experience of life for the people who occupy them.

We bring an internationally recognized team of design professionals to the wide variety of project types we engage in, all united in the pursuit of excellence through the practice of connective design. Since our founding 1960, we have steadily built a reputation for thoughtful design applied to diverse projects. Each project is a composition of imaginative connections among buildings and their components, and among buildings, their sites, and the communities of which they form a part.

Cooper Carry is an Affirmative Action/EEO Employer who values workplace diversity and consider applications regardless of age, race, gender, religion, color, sex, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, individuals with disabilities or other status protected by law Cooper Carry provides a drug free workplace.

The Sustainable Architectural Staff participates in sustainable practices, LEED Project Administration and architectural project design and production under the direction of the Project Architect, Design Architect, Project Manager or Principal, as appropriate. The Sustainable Architectural Staff is expected to integrate information and prepare coordinated documents under the direction of the aforementioned. This position requires the ability to multi-task on several projects while potentially performing different roles on those projects.

General responsibilities of the Sustainable Architectural Staff may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Attain a clear understanding of the Firm’s vision and values regarding responsible design.
  • Communicate with supervisor daily regarding percentage of billable and non-billable time.
  • Inform Project Architect, Design Architect, Project Manager, or Principal of availability/capacity.
  • Work closely with Sustainable Integrators, Architectural Interns, and Project Architects to obtain project information and ensure project graphic, written and analytical documentation is clear, complete, concise and correct.
  • Assist Project Architect in exploring design alternatives.
  • Research building materials and systems as requested.
  • Inform Principal or Director of potential project opportunities.
  • Mentor less experienced Architectural Interns and offer advice, training, and direction.
  • Develop knowledge of the Firm’s projects and resources.
  • Establish and follow filing systems, tracking logs, and archiving standard as set forth by the Firm.
  • Assist with meeting documentation and formulate telephone conversation documentation.
  • Demonstrate dependability in meeting task and project deadlines.
  • Understand and deliver task assignments and ask questions as necessary.
  • Participate in professional/community organizations and activities.
  • Participate in continuing education and seminar opportunities.

Sustainability responsibilities of the Sustainable Architectural Staff may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Stay informed of the practicality of sustainable implementation into built works; work to achieve Client's goals, within the constraints of the budget.
  • Effectively discuss sustainable practices with Clients, Contractors, Consultants and the Firm’s internal professional and business support staff.
  • Manage multiple projects as a LEED Project Administrator.
  • As a LEED Project Administration resource, advise and support multiple project teams and participate in educational and operational instruction and awareness.
  • Effectively communicate LEED requirements to multiple project teams and/or project consultants including Commissioning Agents, Energy Modelers and Engineering Consultants.
  • Become proficient in Revit and Green Building Suite in developing preliminary and/or schematic energy models.
  • Assist the Firm with AIA 2030 Commitment reporting requirements; participate in AIA Large Firm Roundtable for Sustainable Leaders quarterly meetings; analyze AIA 2030 Commitment reports and assist the Firm in developing an efficient internal protocol for developing preliminary and/or schematic energy models on projects and other potential innovative sustainable practices.
  • Assist the Firm with Architecture 2030’s The 2030 Challenge and other sustainability endeavors, including participation in CORE, the Firm’s leadership group advocating sustainable vision, goals and thought process.
  • Assist with Sustainable Design and LEED Project Administration RFPs and RFQs as needed.
  • Assist with the Firm’s Sustainable Development Business Strategy, including the development of potential services including Return on Investment (ROI) and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) calculations and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGE) Accounting.
  • Other duties as logically inherent to this role including the research and communication of alternative sustainability programs including, but not limited to, the following: The International Green Construction Code, Green Globes, Living Building Challenge, EarthCraft, Build It Green Energy Star, Georgia Peach, etc.

Architectural responsibilities of the Sustainable Architectural Staff may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform various tasks including but not limited to each of the following project phases: Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Construction Procurement and Construction Administration, under the direct supervision of a Project Architect.
  • Assist in presentation drawings as requested.
  • Research codes, regulations, etc., under the direction of the Project Architect.
  • Perform non-routine and complex graphic, written and analytical documentation assignments within the Firm’s and the profession’s standards of care.
  • Coordinate documents with multiple project team consultants.
  • Develop details that are consistent with the design direction and support the overall quality of the project.
  • Coordinate details and dimensions.
  • Produce construction documents consistent with office standards.
  • Communicate methods to improve the \"project progress\" to Project Team Leadership.
  • Inform Project Team Leadership of unfulfilled professional development needs as applicable to the Intern Development Program (IDP).
  • Other duties as logically inherent to this role.
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • Minimum of five years professional experience in the building industry, including a minimum of three years professional architectural experience.
  • Graduate of an NAAB accredited architectural program with Bachelor level degree.
  • Minimum of five years of graphic and/or design experience or comparable knowledge gained in an academic environment.
  • Proficient general computer skills; ability to quickly learn required software programs including Revit, Green Building Suite, Sketchup and InDesign.
  • Ability to work independently and on multiple project teams with medium-level of supervision.
  • Practical LEED Project Administration documentation experience in at least one of the following: LEED-NC, LEED-CS or LEED-CI.


  • LEED Accredited Professional with specialty.
  • Practical LEED Project Administration documentation experience in LEED Volume Program, LEED-EBOM, LEED for Mid-Rise.
  • Eligible to take the Architectural Registration exam, or in active process.
  • Strong understanding of building systems.
  • Strong construction documentation skills.
  • Proficient in Revit, Green Building Suite, Sketchup and InDesign

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Majority of time is spent in sitting position with minimal lifting requirements.
Ability to move throughout the office either by walking or through assisted means.
Ability to participate in site visits either by walking or through assisted means.

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