Senior Technical Designer - Architecture

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Employer:
San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Thu, Oct 6 '22Posted 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.

SOM, one of the most influential design firms in the world, is seeking innovative, creative, independent, and critical thinkers who aspire to the highest standards of excellence. Join our collaborative design practice as a Senior Technical Designer for the opportunity to build a strong and thriving career. 

Position Responsibilities 

  • Actively leads distinct portions of a Project with periodic supervision by Project Leadership. Exhibits initiative, process innovation, problem solving, and decision quality with a high attention to precision and accuracy at a project level.

  • Produces, coordinates and/or oversees presentation and contract deliverables such as diagrams, 3D models, drawings, renderings, physical models and animations.

  • Effectively communicates internally with project teams and externally with consultants and clients through timely and appropriate written, oral, and visual means.

  • Creates and innovates with a strong conceptual design ability and integrates interdisciplinary criteria to effectively move forward the design of distinct portions of large projects or entire projects of a small scale.

  • Actively collaborates at a project, consultant team, and client team level by critically and constructively evaluating ideas. Contributes to and actively participates within the studio and office.

  • Demonstrates an advanced understanding of building materials, systems, specifications, codes, details and construction techniques. Is able to enrich design concepts through technical strategies and effectively uses appropriate tools to design and document at all project phases.

  • 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.

  • Manages time and workload of own work efforts and those of others to meet project task deadlines and commitments, with occasional interaction and direction from team leaders while guiding and teaching less experienced staff.

 Leadership Responsibilities 

  • Inspires and leads others by example, participates in staff mentoring and training, clearly defines team member expectations and responsibilities, empowers others, and delegates where appropriate based on team members’ recognized abilities and potential.

  • Develops and/or manages, in collaboration with team members, a clear and consistent work plan to achieve the project budget, deliverables, and schedule.

  • Actively engages in internal and external professional development opportunities.

  • Contributes to the implementation of sustainable strategies in all project assignments and the associated development of staff knowledge.

  • Contributes to the development of standards, policies, and procedures.

  • Protects SOM from financial and legal risk.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Accredited degree in architecture or equivalent professional experience.

  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience. 

  • Licensed Architect with current registration in your region.

  • Demonstrates strong proficiency in Revit, BIM and AutoCAD 

  • Proficiency in 3D modeling software - Rhino, parametric and rendering software, and other graphic software preferred.

  • Demonstrates advanced knowledge of architectural building systems, Construction Types I, II & IV, sustainability, and integrated design.

  • Proficiency in various types of construction management and software preferred.

  • Demonstrates advanced knowledge of building code and ability to research and apply into technical construction documents.

  • LEED accreditation preferred.

Work Sample Requirements 

  • Submit selected professional work samples highlighting your role and responsibilities, technical and design drawings, renderings, and a brief description of the projects and role.

  • Applications without work samples will not be reviewed.  

  • Work Sample should be one PDF attachment, 10-20 pages, maximum 10 MB. 

  • Please submit Work Sample as part of your application in the section where the application asks you for your Resume or CV.

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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