Richärd Kennedy Architects Richärd Kennedy Architects Employer:
Phoenix, AZ, USLocation:
Fri, Apr 29 '22Posted 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.

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 and 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 consistently 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 special 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

What We Believe About Design

Design matters.

Clarity of concept is the fundamental goal of design; form, light, and materials are its tools. The design concept is the programmatic specific resolution, site, and use that reflects our client’s singular identity in powerful and meaningful ways.

9 Fundamental Truths that Drive Design at Richärd Kennedy Architects

  • Craft: Everything we do genuinely reflects our talents, skills, and knowledge as architects.
  • Dedication: We constantly seek the best ideas, concepts, materials, and resources.
  • Curiosity: Searching the unknown inspires us to uncover the best design solutions.
  • Deliberate: We solve complex problems through rigorous analysis and processes that lead to discovery.
  • Innovation: We continuously challenge that art and science of architecture to improve design.
  • Expression: Our designs fundamentally reflect client aspirations and become a point of public pride.
  • Stewardship: Our work makes the world a better place to live through meaningful design.
  • Collaboration: Design is a collaborative process and each team member’s contribution is valuable.
  • Humane: Design affects positive change in the world to a larger ideal, community, and aspiration.

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

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Understand project schedule and deliverables to ensure scope of work is completed in a timely manner
  • Coordinate with project manager to define team member roles and responsibilities
  • Collaborate with studio team members in an open and respectful manner to advance building design and documentation
  • Participate in development of the program and other pre-design efforts
  • Develop space planning, block planning, and adjacency diagrams in coordination with building program
  • Assist in conceptualizing a building design functionally and aesthetically in concert with a client’s requirements, budget, and program
  • Assist in design development through sketches, physical models, digital models, diagrams, massing studies, and other visual formats to express the design intent and communicate to project team, client, and building user groups
  • Assist in preparation of design presentations for stakeholders (client groups and project teams)
  • Utilize BIM technologies in development of three-dimensional models of buildings and their components
  • Interpret and apply building codes and requirements of regulatory agencies in development of the building design
  • Evaluate and select building systems and materials
  • Coordinate building systems (structural, mechanical, electrical, etc.) to ensure compatibility with design intent
  • Implement sustainable design principles into the building design and surrounding environment
  • Understand geotechnical, hydrological, environmental, social, and economic conditions and their effects on building design
  • Create concise construction documents including set organization, drawing development, and quality control
  • Assist with development, review, and reconciliation of cost estimates
  • Ensure that design intent id maintained through documentation and construction
  • Provide informal mentorship to junior staff

Skills and Qualifications

  • 6+ years of experience in the A/E/C industry
  • Professionally accredited degree in Architecture or equivalent in support of architectural license is required
  • LEED AP Accreditation preferred
  • Architectural experience in educational facilities is strongly preferred
  • Ability to hand sketch and communicate concepts and ideas affectively
  • Ability to apply accessibility codes, applicable building codes, and life-safety codes to the design of a wide variety of project scopes and complexity
  • General knowledge of building construction systems, constructability, materials, and industry associated standards
  • Experience with modeling/drafting software (Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD)
  • Demonstrated expertise in 3-D rendering capabilities
  • Strong experience with design software (Sketch-Up, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) required
  • Experience with parametric modeling software a plus (Grasshopper, Dynamo, etc.)
  • Ability to check work of others for accuracy and completeness
  • Ability to interpret sketches, drawings, codes, building program and other similar material
  • Ability to engage in creative and critical thought
  • Strong verbal and graphic communication skills (presentations, meetings, etc.)
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