Senior Digital Design Architectural Professional

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Employer:
Los Angeles, CA, USLocation:
Thu, Dec 5 '19Posted on:

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An E-level Senior Digital Designer is a leader responsible for supporting project teams in the use of digital tools and processes, as well as keeping SOM at the vanguard in terms of implementing and exploring new digital tools and processes.  A person in this role is expected to contribute to and execute those goals accordingly and organize their own efforts in doing so with periodic oversight from a Senior Digital Design Manager.  They are emerging leaders, have a strong knowledge of architectural practice and have vested interest in how project data and knowledge is represented and managed.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans, schedules, organizes, and executes digital design efforts for projects under periodic oversight of an F-level, Associate, Associate Director, Director or Partner;
  • Organizes own work efforts and that of his/her assigned team where applicable;
  • Coordinate digital work-flow of project team members including external collaborators to ensure SOM standards are followed by all;
  • Coordinates with Architectural Professionals, Leadership, as well as other Digital Design Professionals to implement SOM standard procedures and protocols to assure continuity and consistency of project documentation process across the office and firm in support of overall firm wide goals;
  • Participates in the development of both firm-wide and local office standards, templates, libraries, policies and procedures by interfacing with colleagues in other offices;
  • Identifies project BIM requirements and develops effective planning strategies for its implementation;
  • Provides both narrowly focused and widely diverse support, leadership and management in production of project BIM;
  • Coordinates work of consultants and/or Design-build subcontractors with architectural documents and/or project BIM using collaborative platforms such as Bluebeam, Navisworks, BIM 360, etc.;
  • Participates in the coordination and preparation of project specifications, BIM Management Plans and LOD matrices in close collaboration with the Project Manager, Senior Design and Technical Design leaders;
  • Supports project document control tasks and maintains quality control of such tasks, especially for archiving digital models, scripts, recording processes, etc. in accordance with SOM’s quality control and records management program;
  • Proactively checks, coordinates and integrates the work of all project team members to assure efficient use of digital tools for design and consistency of documentation;
  • Identifies, evaluates and documents new and innovative tools and processes to enhance design flexibility, documentation efficiency and presentation clarity;
  • Seeks creative and innovative solutions to assigned tasks and develops appropriate research and documentation to support these solutions;
  • Supervise junior level Digital Design / Document Control staff;
  • Provides ad hoc training as well as plans and implements curated training sessions for entire office;
  • Shares knowledge with peers and is a force multiplier of new processes and tools;
  • Provides quarterly briefings on new technologies and integration strategies to office leadership;
  • Is actively pursuing or has achieved professional accreditation and licensure;
  • Is actively pursuing or has achieved LEED professional accreditation.

Please note this job description contains only a partial listing of duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice


  • Completion of 5 or 6-year architectural degree program;
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in design development, architectural design, documentation, and detailing;
  • Minimum of 3 years focused professional experience in BIM management, developing and applying digital tools and processes to project work. Large-scale, commercial project experience is required;
  • Extensive knowledge of architectural design, documentation, detailing, building materials, construction techniques, building systems selection, related engineering principles, sustainability strategies and building codes;
  • General knowledge of programming and functional adjacencies;
  • General knowledge of architectural practice including site-planning, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical engineering, and construction;
  • Positive attitude and strong desire to empower others;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally, graphically and in writing;
  • Demonstrated leadership and management ability;
  • Ability to effectively manage time on several projects simultaneously;
  • Ability to work effectively with teams;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Strong problem definition and solving skills;
  • Demonstrated expertise in digital tools such as BIM360, Revit, Dynamo, Navisworks, AutoCAD, Bluebeam, Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, scripting and programming;
  • Demonstrated expertise in word processing, presentation applications such as PowerPoint and spreadsheets including GSuite.

Travel:  n/a

Work Environment / Physical Demands:  This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, printers and fax machines.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

SOM is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We conduct all employment-related activities without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or marital status (except where certain characteristics are essential bona fide occupational requirements or where a disability is a bona fide occupational disqualification), as required by applicable law. SOM welcomes diversity in the workplace. SOM will make reasonable accommodation in the application process for applicants with disabilities, as required by applicable law. Please contact the Human Resources department at the location of interest to request accommodation.

We realize that all candidates may not be able to submit an online application.  If you cannot submit an online application for a position, please submit your resume, cover letter and 3 to 4 works samples to the appropriate office (C/O Human Resources) via regular mail.  Clearly indicate in the cover letter the position and location to which you are applying.  For a complete listing of SOM locations and addresses, please visit the Contact section on our web site at

Portfolios must be submitted for all design positions (Architecture, Interiors, Planning, etc). Applications without work samples will not be reviewed.  Portfolios should be one PDF attachment, 10-20 pages, maximum 5 MB. Submit portfolios as part of your application in the section where the application asks you for your Resume or CV.

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