Project Architect

VMDO Architects VMDO Architects Employer:
Charlottesville, VA, USLocation:
Thu, Mar 26 '20Posted on:

VMDO is seeking highly motivated, creative, team-oriented individuals to join our team in the role of Project Architect. The ideal candidates will have more than 5 years of post-degree, professional experience and work samples that demonstrates a proficiency in a range of design presentation formats both digitally and hand-drawn formats. Specifically, we are looking for candidates with the following experience:

  • Bachelors of Architecture or Masters of Architecture in a NAAB accredited Architecture program
  • Current Architectural license required
  • LEED accreditation or working toward within 12 months
  • Supervisory / project leadership experience
  • Knowledge / experience in architectural projects for educational or civic clients

Project Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the project principal, project designer and project manager in each phase of the project delivery process
  • Prepares complex detailed project drawings with minimal supervision using diverse knowledge of architecture principals, practices and advanced techniques
  • Develop strong designs, prepare sketches and renderings
  • Contribute to all aspects and phases of the architectural design process
  • Lead project team through the coordination and delivery of project detailing and documentation. Oversee work of junior and intern architects.
  • Assist in development of production schedule and manage to that schedule. Assist in development of job costs, job budget, and manpower projections. Assist in management of project financial performance.
  • Attend project meetings. Travel to and from project and client meetings as required.
  • Maintain and organize project files
  • Communicate effectively with clients, consultants, and contractors regarding technical and design issues
  • Reviews project drawings and assists in establishing and maintaining dimensional control
  • Validate that code and zoning requirements for assigned segment of project are met
  • Execute Code Reviews, develop code summary and life safety documentation, and coordinate permit
  • Advise on development and editing of specifications. Evaluate, select and/or approve materials and products.

Team Management | Staff Development

  • Manage team coordination, consultant coordination and quality control by utilizing established tools for standards and review
  • Supervise or coordinate work of others assigned to projects
  • Mentor and train junior and intermediate level staff.

Business Development | Marketing

  • Participate in project pursuits and/or interviews
  • Assist with marketing of the firm's services.
  • Develop relationships with current/new clients


  • Ability to work well in a team environment as well as independently
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, coach and mentor junior designers
  • Innovative and Explorative
  • Critical and Exacting plus Strategic and Nimble
  • Collaborative and Communicative, Self-driven and Willing (can-do), Generous Spirit
  • Ability to coordinate/communicate with other staff, outside consultants and engineering disciplines
  • Highly organized with an eye for detail and problem solving
  • Ambitious self-starter with get-it-done attitude who strives for results and performs well under pressure
  • Good sense of humor and highly adaptable
  • Inventive, creative design thinking, collaborative skill, architectural production, spatial and environmental design ability, story creation, and quality design sensibility is a requisite
  • Strong communication skills, team oriented, self-driven work ethic and ability to meet fast paced project demands
  • Committed to high quality design, design vision, sustainable building practices and project performance

Who We Are

VMDO has specialized in architectural planning and design since 1976. As an architectural practice founded by a UVA professor and his three best students in 1976, our 70+ employees are connected by a common belief in the power of design to educate, inspire, and uplift. As such, we have focused the entirety of our practice on designing for public, community-oriented institutions and raising the next generation of architects in the mid-Atlantic.

From our offices in Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington, DC, we create community-centered environments that connect people and place through design. We strive to elevate the human experience and the long-term stewardship of our planet by emphasizing the spirit of a place through quality and enduring architecture, sustainable design objectives, sensitivity to sites and landscapes, and design transformations that embody a community’s highest ambitions. 

Our employees support the firm’s 3 educational design practice areas of K12 Schools, Higher Education, and Athletics + Community. We provide internal design resources related to BIM management, visualization/rendering, documentation, specifications writing, and sustainable design expertise which uplift our studios and contribute to best practices at a national level.

VMDO believes good designs are ones that make the world a better place for this and future generations. As architects and global citizens, we have the opportunity – and the responsibility – to challenge conventional thinking, to push ourselves, our consultants, and our clients to achieve more than we think possible, and to demonstrate real and inspiring solutions to the problems we face today.

  • We are leaders in designing enduring community spaces;
  • We are experts in net-zero energy design, having designed the first LEED Zero school in the world; 
  • And, we are solution providers in delivering community environments that support wellbeing and serve as assets.

Contact Information

Please send resumes to with "Job Captain" in the subject line. Please include the dates that you would be available to work in our Charlottesville office. For work samples, include a link to an online portfolio or attach a digital copy to your email.

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