Specification Technical Writer - Architect

Perkins Eastman Perkins Eastman Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Wed, Jan 3 '18Posted on:

Perkins Eastman is a global architecture and design firm guided by the belief that design can have a positive and lasting impact on people’s lives. With more than 1,000 employees in 15 locations around the world, we collaborate seamlessly across borders, barriers, and disciplines to connect people and ideas. Whether conceiving of new healthcare models, reviving a local landmark as a boutique hotel, or helping communities become more resilient, we are united in a dedication to progressive and inventive design that enhances the human experience.  If everything is design, everything we do is HUMAN BY DESIGN.    


Our Technical Resources team is seeking a talented, detailed individual to serve as a Specification  Technical Writer.   Reporting to the Specification Principal in Charge, the Specification Writer will be responsible for developing detailed project specifications and assist project teams from various studios in coordinating contract documents.  The Specification Technical Writer will write, and update specification for construction.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and review the procurement contracting requirements.

  • Review drawings and projects information to write and edit specifications for projects and coordinates compliance with project requirements, Perkins Eastman standards, technical conditions existing laws, rules, codes and regulations.

  • Develop and maintain a library of commonly used architectural and building system specifications.
  • Assist project architects and designers with shop drawings submittals and substation review.
  • Write bidding documents and editing Division 1 sections.
  • Participate in project life cycle cost analysis .
  • Assist in developing policies related to construction.
  • Regularly meeting with construction team and monitor change order occurrences to identify areas of specification improvements.
  • Acts as a risk management resource to advise project managers and leaders.
  • Provides quality management reviews and technical advice in design development through construction document phases.
  • Foster internal and external client service mindset.
  • Conduct internal specification training.
  • Maintain and develop vendor relationships.
  • Attends meetings with owners and contactors.


  • Bachelors or Masters Degree in Architecture required.
  • Minimum 8+  years experience in specifiction development.
  • Registered Architect and NCARB registration preferred.
  • Construction Specifications Institute Certification or CDT required.
  • Strong knowledge of construction procedures, building codes and schedules. 
  • Strong knowledge of sustainability, integrated design and LEED guidelines.
  • Proficiency in Newforma.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) Revit, AutoCAD and other related design software.
  • Ability to research and apply to technical documents.
  • Ability to multitask, work in multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate both in writing and verbablly.
  • LEED AP ID+C accreditation preferred.

How to Apply:

If you would like to join a dynamic, energized, innovative and collaborative environment, where your ideas will be heard and your skills challenged, please visit our career page and apply with your cover letter, resume and/or portfolio (Adobe PDF preferred). No phone calls please.

Link: Human By Design

Perkins Eastman is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and a participant in the U.S. Federal E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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