Architectural Associate III

Kennedy Mann Architecture Kennedy Mann Architecture Employer:
Chicago, IL, USLocation:
Wed, Oct 27 '21Posted on:

Kennedy Mann is a collaboration of architectural and design professionals who share a deep commitment to responsible, high-quality design.  We are a creative firm looking for candidates interested in a career not just a job.

We’re looking for someone who has experience working on various project types and wants the chance to be a part of a growing team of ambitious, hard-working professionals.  If you’re tired of the mundane cubicle job and want to join a friendly, open-minded and passionate team with limitless potential, we’d love to meet you.

We are currently seeking an Architectural Associate to join our team.  Applicants should have a strong interest in the built environment and be enthusiastic about teamwork and design research, possess excellent writing skills, rendering skills, and have a thoughtful and professional disposition towards clients. The successful applicant will work collaboratively in developing projects through all phases of design and construction. Qualified candidates will possess a Professional (BArch) or Master’s degree in architecture and possess 5-8 years of experience. 

Experience must clearly show a strong creative design portfolio, which is essential for this position, along with strong project leadership. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate into all project phases and should possess an interest in developing a strong technical knowledge of architectural systems that would be required by corporate, hospitality, residential and mixed-use project interiors.  This position fits an innovative, communicative, self-driven person who thrives in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment, who values productivity and efficiency, balanced with detailed driven design.

• translate clients' functional and spatial requirements for structures into feasible design solutions, incorporating custom detailing, structural engineering principles and building systems into architectural designs; incorporate space planning and programming and custom detailing into designs; site survey of existing conditions and take as built measurements; 
• analyze sketches, photographs, notes, and other input material from site survey to determine best approaches for completion of drawings to solve technical issues of design in relation to sites and buildings; 
• coordinate input from multiple senior designers and principals to translate into design solutions; perform necessary modifications of drawings and specifications as construction projects progress and changes in dimensions, materials, and other aspects of design arise from client, agency or public input
• develop documents for all design phases, schematic design through construction documents including documenting architectural plans, elevations, and details in imperial or metric standards for jurisdictional agency corrections using 3D modeling software including Autodesk AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Autodesk Revit, Sketchup, and 2D programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, PowerPoint; 
• utilize independent thinking and develop concept alternatives, studies and development requiring 3D digital massing, floor plans, space plans, building elevations, sections and perspectives; 
• produce computer visualizations based on digital building models throughout entire design process to examine design solutions in a 3D environment and to facilitate the workflow of coordination with mechanical, structural, lighting consultants; 
• coordinate conceptual design drawings with mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection (MEP/FP), civil, structural, acoustic, lighting, telecom, graphics, interiors and landscape consultants to incorporate building systems into architectural designs to produce construction documentation and secure client and regulatory approval;
• participate in research and selection of building materials and FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment) components required for construction and work with consultants, vendors, product reps, and fabricators to meet overall project objectives; 
• research domestic and international building codes and regulations, collect data, and incorporate research and data into architectural designs; 
• conduct material and product research for exteriors and interiors; 
• work in conjunction with sustainable design leadership in the continued improvement and development of high performance design to maintain and improve the quality and consistency of design environment and deliverables; 
• perform construction administration via site visits, field observation and meetings to review the progress of construction; 
• assist in evaluating general contractor bids, estimates, and contract budgets, 
• coordinating with project architects, project managers, clients, consultants, and contractors to respond to requests for information (RFI’s), clarifications, and modifications; 
• apply architectural principles to review contractors shop drawings, submittals, samples and mock ups.

• Proficiency in 3D modeling, visualization, and graphic software; Revit / AutoCAD / Rhino strongly preferred.
• Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite.
• Problem solving skills, attention to detail, and motivation to learn.
• Time management & multitasking skills.
• Ability to work independently on projects.
• Working toward ARE exams / licensure.
• Legal US work status / Fluency in written & spoken English

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