Architectural Archivist

Safdie Architects Safdie Architects Employer:
Somerville, MA, USLocation:
Tue, Jun 18 '19Posted on:


Safdie Architects is seeking to add an in-house Architectural Archivist to their design studio in Somerville, MA. The Archivist will work directly with Moshe Safdie and the studio’s Principals to determine the significance of source material, oversee the transfer of materials to the Safdie Archive at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and direct the internal asset and knowledge management activities of the studio. 

Currently comprised of material from 235 projects, the Moshe Safdie Archive records the progression of Safdie's career from his first unpublished university papers to the firm’s current projects. The collection includes 140,000 drawings, over 200 architectural models, extensive project files, audio visual and digital material, 100,000 project photos and travel slides, 215 personal sketchbooks, and 2,250 large sketches. 

Primary responsibilities include: 

- manage the processing and preservation of original sketches and models

- maintain archive of original and digitized visual materials and other digital assets, including video, film, publications, and articles 

-collaborate with McGill’s Canadian Architecture Collection on archival standards 

-organize, catalogue, and transfer materials to the Safdie Archive and other locations 

- collaborate with project leaders to develop best practices and procedures for in-house records management and tracking of active project-related materials 

-support communications, publications and exhibition initiatives as it relates to the retrieval and lending of archival materials

Preference given to candidates with:

• Advanced degree in library science, architecture, art history and/or equivalent professional experience

• Prior experience with an architectural practice and/or architectural archive • Strong knowledge of archival standards and protocols, digital standards, and collections management • Experience using and managing Digital Asset Management programs

Information on the Safdie Archive: 

Submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:


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