Senior Project Architect

SmithGroupJJR SmithGroupJJR Employer:
Phoenix, AZ, USLocation:
Tue, Sep 12 '17Posted on:

SmithGroupJJR is an international idea-oriented design firm that is committed to creating inspiring places that enrich the human spirit. We believe that extraordinary projects are created when the design process is based on the principles of exploration, experimentation, innovation, sustainability, research, and collaboration. Our expertise in providing thoughtful and innovative solutions keeps SmithGroupJJR at the forefront of architectural, engineering and planning firms around the world. According to the 2017 Building Design + Construction magazine “Giants” ranking, SmithGroupJJR is the 7th largest architecture/engineering firm in the U.S. 

 The Phoenix office of SmithGroupJJR, is looking for a Senior Project Architect to join our team. Our practices offer local, national and international projects of all sizes including opportunities to partner with other SmithGroupJJR offices.  We are seeking a talented individual with experience delivering complex higher education, workplace, healthcare, and/or science and technology projects through all phases.  In addition to project work, the Senior Project Architect will also serve as an office resource, executing the initiatives established by the local Architectural Discipline Lead.  

Working with us, you will:

  • Manage one or more small to medium-sized projects and/or manage a portion of a large-sized project.
  • Serves as an office resource leading team efforts to ensure quality project documents.
  • Support Architectural Discipline Lead in leading and implanting quality assurance reviews.
  • Provide oversight across markets to initiate start-up of projects, guiding projects through development including setting up work plans, cartoon sets and schedules at the beginning of projects.
  • Serve as building code expert to conduct code analysis and building reviews.
  • Work closely with design architects, technical architects and owners in development of documentation as well as construction administration follow through.
  • Perform architectural drawings, renderings and design assignments.
  • Produce and coordinate complete sets of construction documents for permitting and bidding for small projects.
  • Lead coordination of consultants of all disciplines.
  • Prepare, develop, and edit specifications.
  • Lead day-to-day construction administration activities.
  • Assist in the development of continuing education initiatives including intern professional development, IDP, and “Lessons Learned” education sessions.
  • Mentors junior staff and participates in annual performance reviews.
  • Participates in employment interviews as technical expert.
  • Establish and execute project work plan and staffing requirements.
  • Develops trusted relationships with clients and staff.  

An ideal candidate has:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 15 years of technical architecture experience.
  • RA preferred. LEED AP preferred.
  • Strong technical competence with proven growth in schematic design through construction.
  • Familiarization with and experience using current design software (Revit, Sketch Up).
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite, including Word, Excel and Project (preferred).
  • Experience working with various construction types.
  • Desire to assist teams in developing and documenting a shared vision and work plan for each project.
  • Experience in leading other architects and project groups.
  • Excellent communication skills, a team player attitude, and the ability to think intuitively.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of code implementation and jurisdiction review.
  • Demonstrated understanding of construction practices and methodologies.

SmithGroupJJR offers competitive compensation and an excellent benefit package, including 401(k) and continuing educational reimbursement. We offer 3 weeks of paid time off within the first year of employment, with the option of purchasing additional time off, and pay for 8 federal holidays. We also offer an alternative work schedule that provides employees with an additional 15 days off per year (usually Fridays) to help with work/life balance.

 Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

SmithGroupJJR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


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