Processing Archivist

Safdie Architects Safdie Architects Employer:
Somerville, MA, USLocation:
Tue, Jul 13 '21Posted on:

Safdie Architects is seeking a full-time Processing Archivist to work in our Somerville, MA office.

Currently comprised of material from 235 projects, the Moshe Safdie Archive records the progression of Safdie's career from his first unpublished university papers to Safdie Architects' current projects. The collection includes 140,000 drawings, over 200 architectural models, extensive project files, audio visual and digital material, as well as 100,000 project photos and travel slides, 215 personal sketchbooks, and 2,250 large sketches. For more information about Moshe Safdie, Safdie Architects and the Safdie Archive, see:

The staff supporting the Safdie Archive are responsible for identifying, processing, and preparing collection materials to be transferred to McGill University, as well as provides support to and serves as a resource for the firm’s architectural, administrative, communications and marketing staff.

This position assists with a collection of many thousands of architectural assets including original drawings, models, digital assets, photographs, audiovisual assets, and other records produced by the firm. The role includes such tasks as:

  • Coordinate onsite and offsite storage inventories and access by creating and managing inventories, transfers, and access
  • Process existing backlog of unprocessed material and transfer to offsite repository:
    • Acquire and accession records in a multitude of formats
    • Rehouse materials and perform basic physical preservation duties
    • Digitize analog formats and performing post-processing using Adobe products
  • Work with staff to identify and transfer appropriate materials to the Archive
  • Coordinate with staff at McGill University to provide reference and access responsibilities
  • Work with the Managing Principal to accomplish processing goals for the collection

Applicants are expected to:

  • Be extremely organized and detailed-oriented, comfortable working with large amounts of data and detailed content, and experienced in item-level and group-level analysis
  • Be able to work on their own or as part of a team, with minimal oversight beyond project management and check-ins with the Managing Principal
  • Possess excellent writing and verbal communications skills
  • Have experience processing collections at a variety of levels, using best practices and standards
  • Have prior experience with architectural materials including oversize drawings and renderings
  • Have familiarity with Adobe products including Photoshop and Bridge
  • Have the flexibility to balance focused data-entry with creative brainstorming and problem solving
  • Have a Graduate degree in Library Sciences, with relevant coursework in Records Management, Collections Management, or Preservation

Candidates with experience developing Omeka databases, knowledge of digital SLR photography, and research experience in art or architectural history, are preferred. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to:

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