Project Architect

Populous Populous Employer:
Denver, CO, USLocation:
Mon, Jul 17 '17Posted on:


Populous is a global architecture and design firm that creates the places where people love to be together, like Yankee Stadium, the London Olympics, and the Super Bowl. Over the last 30 years, the firm has designed more than 2,500 projects worth $40 billion across emerging and established markets. Populous’ comprehensive services include architecture, interior design, event planning and overlay, environmental graphics and wayfinding, master planning, landscape design, urban planning and sustainable design consulting. With regional headquarters in Kansas City, London, and Brisbane, Populous has 17 offices on four continents.


Our Denver office has primarily been the home of our Event Practice, and now will also be another office to support our growing architectural practice. It is an office founded on critical thinking and an ability to leverage digital technologies in service of exceptional design.  Populous Denver is a dynamic and growing group with a wide-range of skills and experience.   

The position offered presents an opportunity to join in the cultivation of an expanding architectural practice within a global organization with abundant contacts and resources.  We are looking to expand our Denver team. 


Develops, modifies and reviews production drawings and construction documents.  Corrects and updates design, technical, and construction documents.  Develops solutions to technical problems.  Supervise less senior project architect, architect, technician, or intern during a project.  Responsible for keeping a project on schedule by planning, organizing, and communicating key deliverables to the project manager and project team. Will be responsible for managing project timelines, schedules, resources, and project budget. Responsible for the overall technical development and delivery of a specific architectural project from conception through construction.      


  • Research code requirements and ensure feasibility of design.
  • Responsible for following and possibly managing project budget, work plans, consultants and schedule. Communicates with Project Manager regarding key deliverable dates, tracks fees, and labor costs for conformance to workplan.
  • Creates designs to meet client specifications, create and propose budget and time estimations.
  • Maintains a collaborative professional working relationship with the Project Leadership Team (i.e. Project Designer, Project Manager, and Principal in Charge).
  • Acts as an intermediary between the client and the architect team.
  • Fosters on-going communication through team meetings, minutes, and up-date memos to project team including consultants.
  • Ensures project documentation and contracts are in compliance with the standards set forth by Populous policy.
  • Construction administration including processing of submittals, RFI’s, and other project documentation during construction.
  • Coordinating team effort to complete a project promptly and successfully.
  • Provides office leadership including professional development coaching and mentoring staff.
  • Ensure the team is working effectively and keeping to schedule and budget.
  • Review work and communicate needs and concerns to project staff.
  • Defines staff requirements for projects as needed or directed. Makes recommendations to senior management for staff promotions/terminations. May participate in interviews and recruiting of professional staff.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Architecture from an accredited program or equivalent in education or experience.
  • 7-12 years of experience in architectural practice with prior experience in all phases of architectural projects.
  • Project design experience with sport stadium, arenas, convention centers, hospitality, and aviation a strong plus.
  • Registered Architect with a current license.
  • NCARB registration preferred.
  • LEED not require, but a plus.


  • Strong relationship-building and problem solving skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong knowledge of design, trends, construction methodology, material application, and manufacturer-supplier appropriateness.
  • Knowledge of architectural building systems.
  • Thorough understanding of project work plans, schedules, staffing, and budgets a must.
  • Advanced knowledge of sustainability, integrated design and LEED guidelines.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proficiency in, AutoCAD, Autodesk, Revit, required. Familiarity with Newforma preferred.
  • Ability to communicate professionally both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work in team environment.
  • Ability to effectively meet deadlines.
  • Highly self-motivated personality.


  • Travel will be required.
  • Overtime will be required.

Populous offers a competitive salary, bonus and benefit packages, including medical, dental and vision coverage, 401k, flexible spending accounts, paid time off and continuing education benefits.  Populous is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law.

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