Senior Technical Architect

wHY wHY Employer:
Los Angeles, CA, USLocation:
Tue, May 1 '18Posted on:

wHY was founded by Kulapat Yantrasast in 2004 and has established itself in the international design vanguard for completing widely-acclaimed projects that serve the arts, communities, and the environment. Our practice is structured as an “Ecology of Disciplines”—four workshops focusing on ideas, buildings, grounds and objects—to approach projects from multiple angles resulting in holistic, sustainable designs. Design Thinking is at the core of our practice and we look for opportunities for innovation in all our projects.

Currently, the Los Angeles office is seeking a Senior Technical Architect (10-15+years) with a strong background in mid to large scale institutional and cultural projects and working knowledge of advanced building technologies, components and systems. Ongoing projects include a youth arts & culture center in the bay area, museum addition and renovation in San Francisco, a mixed-use development in the arts district, and several other cultural and custom residential projects. 

Basic Responsibilities:

  • Manage contractor and client relationships and team communication through all phases
  • Lead a large multidisciplinary team, coordinating the work through all phases.
  • Conduct meetings and work sessions including large client teams and contractors
  • Lead design presentations to clients, stakeholders and gov’t agencies
  • Interface with building and permitting officials during the permitting and construction phases.
  • Lead and participate in the production of architectural contract documents in all phases, coordinating the workload of all staff members to complete documents on schedule
  • Perform QC/QA and technical reviews, maintain project manual and specifications
  • Perform bid reviews, assisting the owner with bid phase activities.
  • Perform construction contract administration including on-site observations, mock up reviews; preparing and coordinating bulletins; processing submittals, RFIs and standard forms.
  • Perform project close out duties.
  • Resolve complex technical and design issues; perform work requiring independent judgment in evaluation, selection and application of non-standard techniques and procedures
  • Anticipate and plan for any roadblocks for overall project success with thorough understanding of contractual responsibilities, schedule and budget
  • Advocate for design excellence while meeting client and project objectives.

Required Qualifications:

  • Licensed Architect in CA, with Bachelor’s degree in Architecture
  • 10-15+ years of relevant experience as a project architect with strong background in museum and institutional projects.
  • Proficiency in the preparation, coordination and development of architectural contract documents through all phases on mid-large scale, complex projects.
  • Experience resolving complex details for a range of exterior envelope systems, site conditions, building systems and higher types of construction.
  • Broad knowledge of US codes, regulations and industry/building standards
  • Experience working with various agencies and jurisdiction on complex permits with modifications, entitlements and special approvals.
  • Experience with AIA standard contracts and working knowledge of various parties’ responsibilities through all phases.
  • Strong construction administration experience on institutional projects.
  • Experience managing multiple aspects of client and project coordination with a large team.  Must have strong communication, organization and relationship management skills, capable to work effectively in a range of roles, depending on the team structure.
  • Ability to take on projects mid-stream.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe CS, MS Office Suite, including MS Project and sketching

Additional Preferred Skills and Credentials

  • Experience in exhibit design and construction administration for exhibit design, specifically including casework
  • Proficiency in Revit, 3ds Max, Rhino and /or Vray; 
  • LEED certification or other experience/credentials in sustainable design
  • Experience in renovations and additions

Position Details & Application Procedures:

This is a full-time position with benefits. Salary will be commensurate with demonstrated experience and skill level.  This position is for the Los Angeles office; candidate will be required to travel to other locations and work with team in NY. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in place. wHY is an equal opportunity employer.

Please email as one PDF to  (subject heading: position_your name) : a letter of interest, current CV, and a portfolio of work that demonstrates your qualifications. File should be no larger than 6MB. 

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