Specification Writer/ Project Architect

MWA Architects MWA Architects Employer:
Portland, OR, USLocation:
Tue, May 22 '18Posted on:

MWA Architects is looking for a talented, self-motivated, and collaborative Specification Writer/ Project Architect with 12 - 20 years’ experience to join our Portland studio supporting the efforts of all three MWA offices. MWA has a strong studio practice that focuses on multifamily housing, industrial, and public infrastructure projects. Our studio in Old Town Portland is an open office environment requiring an outgoing personality and strong social skills.


  • Directing the studio in detailed project specifications and assisting project teams in coordinating contract documents as well as promoting technical competency of office staff and ensuring technical documentation quality. Review drawings and project information to write and edit specifications and documentation for projects and coordinate compliance with project requirements, Firm standards, technical conditions, existing laws, rules, codes, and regulations. Offer modifications and improvements when appropriate.
  • Produce a well-coordinated, detail-oriented, fully integrated Project Manual
  • Work on multiple projects simultaneously and produce results within deadline
  • Work both independently and in a collaborative team environment
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Provide quality management reviews and technical advice in design development through construction document phases
  • Develop and maintain a library of commonly used architectural and building system specifications.
  • Propose continual development and improvement of master specifications including its specialized content for project type or regional conditions as well as sustainable content
  • Maintain awareness of industry reference standards and resources.
  • Assist architects with shop drawing and product substitution reviews
  • Act as a risk management resources to advise project managers and leaders


  • Licensed Architect – OR/WA/CA preferred
  • 12 -20 years architectural experience with a focus on specification writing
  • Design Skills – prefer experience in a variety of building construction types including buildings related to industrial, laboratory and infrastructure
  • Strong knowledge of architectural design, engineering coordination, design trends, products, construction methodology, building systems, material application, and manufacturer-supplier appropriateness.
  • Comprehensive experience with construction procedures and schedules
  • Expertise  in building codes and ability to research and apply/incorporate into technical documents
  • Familiarity with sustainability, integrated design, and LEED guidelines (LEED Accredited preferred)
  • Proficiency the following software: specifications software programs; MS Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Excellent collaboration skills
  • Familiarity with Revit or other Building Information Modeling (BIM) Software.
  • Permanent US resident or US citizen


We provide a competitive salary, benefits, and a great working environment.


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