Senior Architect

Chicago, IL, USLocation:
Mon, Jan 28 '19Posted on:

We are currently seeking a highly motivated and team-oriented Senior Architect to work in our Global Solutions teams in our Chicago studio. The Project Architect/Technical Designer must demonstrate leadership qualities and a collaborative approach to the successful production of design and/or construction documents. Candidates should demonstrate experience in all aspects of the design process including Programming, Master Planning, Conceptual, Schematic and Design Development presentations, 3D modeling, and the technical proficiency to successfully implement designs through the CD/CA phases. Responsibilities would include participation in design phase activities and coordinating with clients, consultants, and contractors throughout the project.

Responsibilities, not limited to:


· Assist project team with design and technical questions during the project. 

· Share knowledge with the entire studio and be a resource to the entire NELSON staff.

· Be a mentor to staff, including Interns.

· Direct a team of Teammates.

 Project Delivery:

· Assist with proposal and contract documents.

· Contribute to the work plan for each project.

· Prepare and oversee the preparation of Concept, Schematic Design, Design Development and Construction Documents using software skills listed above.

· Conduct field surveys as required.

· Generate overall project design concepts.

· Develop and/or oversee the development of design concepts into complete design development set and further advance into complete construction drawings.

· Oversee material research and compilation of project data and incorporation throughout the project.

· Prepare project specifications.

· Communicate with project team members and resolve drawing discrepancies independently.

· Coordinate and incorporate work of internal and external project consultants.

· Oversee the preparation of Addenda and Bulletin documentation.

· Review Shop Drawings.

· Review, respond to and track RFI’s.

· Attend construction meetings, make periodic site observation visits as required by contract.

· Prepare and update punch lists as required.

· Adhere to NELSON standards in the preparation of deliverables.

· Review and correct your own work and work of the project team including both internal and external consultants following established QA procedures.

·  Review and understand applicable building codes and other standards (including Accessibility Standards).

·  Prepare zoning and building code analysis and review.

· Assist with the timely submittal of drawings to the appropriate authorities having jurisdiction

· Oversee the maintenance and archiving of electronic project files.

· Understand project scope and identify items that are beyond the original scope of services and bring to attention of Team Lead.

· Draft Client agreement change orders and Sub Consultant agreement change orders as directed by Team Leader.

· Prepare meeting agendas, meeting minutes, phone conversation notes, etc. to document the progress of the project and directions received from the Client.

· Attend project meetings.

· Share knowledge with other teammates and assist team with design and/or detailing challenges.

 Client Relationships:

· Maintain secondary client contact as back up to primary contact.

 Business Development:

· Assist in secondary marketing by maintaining good working relationships with Client contacts.

· Attend interviews as requested by Team Leaders, Studio or Managing Directors


· Min. 8-15 years of industry experience

·  Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or Interior Design from an accredited university

·  Licensure: Registered architects or individuals seeking registration preferred

·  Expertise in AutoCAD, Revit, SpecLink, Newforma, Sketch Up, Photoshop and InDesign

·  Advanced knowledge of building life safety and ADA codes

·  Aptitude to communicate ideas and direction quickly

·  Strong leadership, organization, communication and relationship management skills

NELSON is focused on creation with passion to deliver.  We provide creative solutions for our clients in a variety of industries.  With over 20 locations in the United States and overseas, and the resources of over 1,100 professionals worldwide, NELSON provides dedicated, quality service through a proven delivery network. For more information on NELSON, please visit our Website at 

We offer competitive wages based on skills and experience, as well as an excellent benefits package, including: Paid Time Off, medical, dental, 401K, pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts, and more. NELSON is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you feel that this may be the career opportunity for you, please apply by clicking the link. Due to the large volume of candidates, only qualified applicants will be contacted. No phone calls or agencies please.



If you feel that this may be the career opportunity for you, please apply by clicking the link or emailing 

Due to the large volume of candidates, only qualified applicants will be contacted. No phone calls or agencies please.

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