Technical Associate

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Employer:
Washington, DC, USLocation:
Tue, May 4 '21Posted on:

At SOM, we are a collective committed to shaping a better future for our clients, communities and planet. We aspire to create the most sustainable, impactful work through creative, interdisciplinary teams with all the resources and diversity of a global firm. We value those who are passionate about excellence, innovation, integrity, inclusivity, and collaboration. Together we can achieve great things.

Success at SOM Means

  • Ideas: We believe in a meritocracy of ideas. We look to everyone to actively contribute to the discourse in the firm.
  • Knowledge: We believe that expertise is the result of lifelong learning. We are not expected to know everything, but rather to passionately pursue answers, develop new skills and deepen our knowledge.
  • Product: We strive for excellence in the concept, quality, and delivery of our work.
  • Individual: We value individuals who bring the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity in the way they work. Each person can develop and contribute their wealth of attributes, skills and knowledge to support the overall health of the firm.
  • Team: We value the power of interdisciplinary integration. A positive team culture in which everyone collaborates openly towards common goals is essential.
  • Firm: We have a history of making transformative contributions to the profession and our communities. We are constantly innovating and attempting to bring new approaches, solutions and processes to our work.

Position Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the technical coordination and development of an architectural project in all phases and leads the preparation of construction documents and administration of the project through construction.
  • Implements project delivery approach to communicate design intent and scope throughout all project phases to meet Project Team requirements.
  • Leads the production resources and schedules of documentation for agreed upon deliverables.
  • Manages the implementation of the Quality Management System for assigned project.
  • Manages a collaborative relationship with consultants and knowledge resources to ensure that deliverables are coordinated, integrated and support the performance goals of the project.
  • Performs and/or directs technical research and analysis required for the project.
  • Leads team in selection and assessment of construction systems and determine the technical requirements for the project.
  • Develops thorough understanding of design philosophy of the project, provides major input in developing a design and high-performance building strategy and can effectively convey this to assigned team members when appropriate.
  • Proactively checks and coordinates project documents (including but not limited to drawing set organization, details, dimensions, interdisciplinary coordination items, specifications coordination) for compliance with the project's technical requirements.
  • Supports project document control tasks and maintains quality control of such tasks in accordance with SOM's Quality Management System and records management protocols.
  • Develops, coordinates, and reviews the technical specifications for the project in collaboration with the Project's Specification Writer.
  • Manages the implementation of the computer management program for the project utilising the Project BIM Execution Plan. Promote digital innovation.
  • When applicable, organizes and leads the design team's construction phase services scope with limited oversight from an Associate Director or Director including, but not limited to the following:
  • Establishes with the Project Team the Construction Phase Services procedures for the project based on Contract requirements and monitor compliance of agreed upon protocols.
  • Supervises the review of shop drawings and material sample submittals for general conformance with design intent.
  • Attends construction meeting, testing mockups, etc.
  • Supervises and coordinates responses to contactor questions, inquiries, RFl's etc.
  • Supervises and/or prepares punch-lists and field observation reports.
  • Makes appropriate value judgments with respect to field corrective work that supports the design concept and performance goals of the project.
  • Participates in local and firm-wide Technical Design Committees and contributes to the advancement of activities led by these groups.

Leadership Responsibilities

  • Actively leads a project team.
  • Directly trains and mentors team members.
  • Directly supervises staff and is committed to direct reports' professional development.
  • Develops and engages in talent strategy to find specialists, leaders, and future professionals for the firm through resume review and interviews.
  • Actively engages in internal and external professional development opportunities.
  • Develops and/or manages, in collaboration with team members, a clear and consistent work plan to achieve the project budget, deliverables, and schedule.
  • Demonstrates leadership in the implementation of sustainable strategies in all project assignments and the associated development of staff knowledge.
  • Coordinates and supports business development, public relations, and marketing opportunities.
  • Contributes to the development of standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Protects SOM from financial and legal risk.
  • Effective at communicating and promoting the work of the firm.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Professional degree in Architecture.
  • Licensed in state of practice.
  • 6 years of experience or equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • General understanding of sustainable strategies and principles including familiarity with LEED or other green building rating systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead a project team and manage project schedule, budget and program.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite.
  • Familiarity with Revit and demonstrates practical understanding of the application of digital tools such as Rhino, Grasshopper, Navisworks, Ladybug, etc.
  • LEED accreditation preferred.

SOM offers opportunities to work on transformational projects, competitive salaries, health insurance, wellness, retirement and financial and other work/life plans.

At SOM, we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace. We believe an inclusive environment benefits our employees, our firm, and our community, while also enriching and challenging our own thinking about design.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Visit this page to learn more about SOM's employment policy and how to apply offline:

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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.


Thank you for your interest in SOM. To be considered, you must apply directly on our career portal. Click here to apply.

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