Project Architect

VMDO Architects VMDO Architects Employer:
Charlottesville, VA, USLocation:
Tue, Jan 26 '21Posted on:

VMDO is seeking a highly motivated, creative, team-oriented individual to join our team in the role of Project Architect in our Charlottesville, VA office. The ideal candidate will have 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.


  • Work closely with Principal in Charge and complement the Project Designer to develop a design concept and oversee the documentation of the project. Addresses major project decisions and handles significant project challenges requiring new approaches and guidelines.
  • Direct and manage project teams, consultants, and partner firms through all phases of work on large projects. Preference may be given to candidates with experience in historic renovation or experience teaming with construction managers on design build projects.
  • Develop client relationships and engage stakeholders on large institutional and educational projects through the delivery of professional services. Preference will be given to candidates with successful marketing and business development experience in DC and surrounding areas.
  • Negotiate and execute professional agreements with owners, construction managers, partner firms, consultants, and service providers.
  • Mentor aspiring architects and trains young designers on technical, code, documentation, and QC/QA issues.


  • Licensed architectural professional with more than 10 years of experience practicing architecture.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience in DC and surrounding areas. Preference will be given to candidates licensed in Washington DC or with the ability to become licensed in Washington DC.
  • Committed to best practices in sustainability with LEED AP and complementary high-performance credentials.
  • Demonstrated experience in sustainable design, net-zero energy, building rating systems, and health and wellness.
  • Committed to high quality design, craft, technical excellence, exceptional detailing, thorough documentation, and professional delivery of projects.
  • Proficient in the use of Revit, Sketchup, Adobe Creative Suite, and MS Office
  • Proficient in the use of project management software including Newforma and Ajera (Deltek) among others
  • Knowledgeable of industry standards, code regulations and contributes to the advancement of office standards and project processes.
  • Experience working with neighborhood associations, review boards and regulatory agencies
  • Leadership in AIA and other industry organizations such as USGBC, CSI, etc.
  • Excellent communicator, trustworthy, inspiring, good humored, adaptable, innovative, organized, collaborative, and self-driven.

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 "Project Architect" in the subject line. For work samples, include a link to an online portfolio or attach a digital copy to your email.

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