Senior Architectural Professional

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Employer:
Los Angeles, CA, USLocation:
Tue, Aug 26 '14Posted on:

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world, with a reputation for design excellence and a portfolio that includes some of the most important architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its inception, SOM has been a leader in the research and development of innovative technologies, processes, and ideas, many of which have had a lasting impact on the built environment. The firm has been honored with more than 1700 awards. The firm maintains offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, and Mumbai.

SOM's multifaceted practice includes: Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Structural and Civil Engineering, MEP/Building Services, Interior Design, Environmental Graphics, Digital Design, and Sustainable Design.


Position Overview:

Under direct supervision of Architect G (Associate) or other assigned supervisor, this individual plans, schedules, organizes and executes distinct portions of larger projects; or entire portion of smaller projects, with periodic interaction with Associate/s or Associate Partner/s.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for various portions of project design including conceptual, schematic, design development and construction documentation phases.
  • Responsible for coordination design team including A, B, C, and D level staff members.
  • Organizes own work efforts.
  • Coordinates work of consultants with architectural documents.
  • Assists in supervising project document control tasks and maintains quality control of such tasks.
  • Checks and coordinates details and dimensions.
  • Performs material research in preparation of project specifications.
  • Coordinates with other Senior Architectural Professionals on project to assure continuity and consistency of documentation.

Please note this job description contains only a partial listing of duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


  • Completion of five or six-year architectural degree program.
  • Minimum of 7 years experience in design development, architectural design, documentation, and detailing; Large-scale, commercial project experience is required.
  • General knowledge of programming and functional adjacencies.
  • General knowledge of architectural practice including site-planning, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical engineering, and construction.
  • Practical knowledge of building codes.
  • General knowledge of local office standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge of architectural design, documentation, detailing, building materials, building codes and construction technologies.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in AutoCAD, 3-D modeling, including Revit, rendering, word processing, and spreadsheets.
  • Demonstrated general knowledge of local office standards, policies and procedures.
  • The ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, copiers, filing cabinets, printers and fax machines.

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.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

Additional Information:

SOM is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We conduct all employment-related activities without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status (except where certain characteristics are essential bona fide occupational requirements or where a disability is a bona fide occupational disqualification), as required by applicable law. SOM welcomes diversity in the workplace. SOM will make reasonable accommodation in the application process for applicants with disabilities, as required by applicable law. Please contact the Human Resources department at the location of interest to request accommodation.

We realize that all candidates may not be able to submit an online application.  If you cannot submit an online application for a position, please submit your resume, cover letter and 3 to 4 works samples to the appropriate office (C/O Human Resources) via regular mail.  Clearly indicate in the cover letter the position and location to which you are applying.  For a complete listing of SOM locations and addresses, please visit the Contact section on our web site at


To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and work samples at under the LA - Senior Architectural Professional requisition.

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