Construction Administrator

Richärd Kennedy Architects Richärd Kennedy Architects Employer:
Phoenix, AZ, USLocation:
Tue, May 18 '21Posted on:

Client problems demand extraordinary architectural solutions. Applying the science and art of design, Richärd Kennedy Architects provides enduring solutions to our clients' most difficult challenges. 

We’re looking for people with key characteristics. Are you:

  • Passionate: Do you love to go above and beyond and see continuous improvement as the cornerstone of your work?
  • Responsible: Do you believe every project uses time and resources that leave a lasting impression on this earth?
  • Innovative: Are you motivated to experiment and discover and see architecture as a mixture of the art and science of design?

If so, join our team.

What makes working at Richärd Kennedy Architects so special?

We believe that architecture impacts communities where we live and across the world. We take on difficult challenges because design matters, and we constantly push boundaries for personal satisfaction and client joy.

Our designs are notable because they reflect client aspirations and embody timeless principles that unite occupants, visitors and communities. Richärd Kennedy Architects designs enduring buildings that clients love and spatial experiences where people thrive.

What will working with us look like?

While every position is different, every team member prides themselves on taking action. Every day, each of us:

1.       Explores. We research ideas, investigate meaningful options, and value divergent viewpoints that challenge conventional thinking. The tiniest detail must fit into the project's big idea.

2.       Perseveres. We are obsessed to develop purposeful solutions that ensure extraordinary results regardless of the project's scale.

  • Delivers. Excellence demands persistence, fueled by curiosity, boosted by collaboration, and delivered through a process of continuous improvement.

About the firm

Since 1996, Richärd Kennedy Architects (RKA) has grown into a well-known  studio based, integrated architectural and interior design firm where sustainable design permeates every level of work, from site to landscape, building envelope, building systems, interior spaces, and furnishings. Our portfolio features public and private institutions, including civic, higher education, academic research laboratories, and commercial clients.

Sound interesting? Here’s more about the position we’re looking for:

In addition to offering competitive salaries, we provide 100% company-paid employee benefits, including medical, dental, and vision, as well as a generous profit-sharing opportunity for all employees.  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Be the primary point of contact for the Contractor and Owner’s site representatives and other agents employed by the Owner (Construction Manager, etc.) involved in submittal reviews, document interpretations (RFI’s/questions), and construction observations to verify that the requirements of the construction contract are being maintained and design intent is fulfilled.
  • Review, know and understand the contents of the Architect/Owner agreement and all deliverables within, as well as the Owner-Contractor agreements along with knowledge and understanding of the master specifications.
  • Review pre-design information available to gain a thorough understanding of the project’s scope,  existing conditions, and design influences.
  • Participate in coordination conference calls and occasional design meetings to gain insight into RKA design process, workflows with consultants, specific approach(es) for projects, and to provide input from a construction perspective.
  • Review and evaluate all Delegated Design Item submittals in accordance with the performance specifications, as well as review and provide evaluations or comments to Requests for Information (RFI) and construction contractor technical submittals.
  • Be diligent in enforcing the design intent implicit in the Architect’s prepared Contract Documents (Drawings and Specifications), as well as have a strong working knowledge of the engineering design intent through documents prepared by consulting disciplines.
  • Effectively represent the interests of the Owner, the Architectural Firm, and the supporting Engineering Consultants during the construction phase.
  • Participate in Owner/Architect/Contractor (OAC) progress meetings, review and evaluate plan (don’t know what this means?), review coordination/building information management models (BIM) and drawings. Prepare meeting minutes when contractually required.
  • Attend in Continental U.S. (CONUS) and out of Continental U.S. (OCONUS) site visits to review samples, mock-ups, and construction issues, as well as factory and performance tests.
  • Provide studies, evaluations, and investigations during the construction phase as may be required to address unforeseen or concealed site conditions.
  • Provide periodic (semiannually or quarterly) on-site specific technical presence to support the project during the performance of construction phase support services.
  • Provide sketches are narratives to clarify contract documents and the project BIM models for purposes of coordination and review of contractor submittals.
  • Provide sketches and narratives to clarify contract documents in response to RFI’s.
  • Support Project Manager and Project Architect(s).

Skills and Qualifications

  • Professional Degree in Architecture or related field.
  • 10+ years of experience in the A/E/C industry.
  • Must be able to travel to construction/project sites as required - includes International.
  • Must be eligible to obtain Federal Security Clearance.
  • Exceptional knowledge of construction contract administration policies, procedures, and concepts.
  • Exceptional knowledge of project design, construction documentation, construction materials, building trades, means and methods.
  • Exceptional knowledge of building codes, specifications, building systems and engineering systems.
  • Familiarity with current version of LEED with respect to construction related requirements,
  • Ability to produce and maintain relationships among subcontractors, suppliers, and manufacturers.
  • Strong working knowledge of BIM systems and other software employed in documentation.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills with attention to detail.
  • Collaborative and professional work ethic.

submittals, and credit documentation. LEED credentials are a plus.


If interested in applying, please send a full resume and portfolio to

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