Project Architect, CA Specialist

Morris Adjmi Architects Morris Adjmi Architects Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Mon, Dec 5 '22Posted on:

A Project Architect, CA Specialist (PA) participates in the conceptual design and provides full support through the entire project, liaising with project management, other architecture/interiors staff, and consultants. The ADIII/PA may serve as subject matter experts on specialized systems and/or develop and represent lead technical viewpoint on projects, coordinating with Project Managers and Directors on appropriate technical solutions and product strategies. Project size differentiates this position from the senior level. Exposure to all phases of the design process is required.

Key Expectations

  • Uphold the MA Guiding Principals in all aspects of their work, including internal and external interactions and communications
  • Effectively lead project team, ensuring collaboration between internal disciplines (architecture, interiors, art), consultants, and contractors
  • Be comfortable communicating design solutions for both internal design review meetings and external client presentations 
  • Self-evaluate one’s skills, efficiency, and where improvement is needed
  • Model positive leadership, communication, and organizational skills; mentor and facilitate the growth of less experienced colleagues

Core Responsibilities

Project Design and Planning

  • Collaborate on overall design concepts and carry forward the established design direction
  • Understand the MA Project Road Map, project Deliverables by Phase, and Responsibility Matrix (when applicable), as well as the project contract, scope, and budget
  • Thoroughly understand and follow the project plan and schedule (including phase deadlines, filing milestones, meeting deliverables, and staff plans, roles, and responsibilities)
  • Prepare detailed mock-up (or cartoon) set and assign staff accordingly

Project Administration 

  • Team Meetings 
    • Establish recurring staff, client, and consultant meetings 
    • Assist with distributing agendas, meeting minutes, and tracking action items 
  • Internal Management  
    • Mentor, motivate, and provide guidance to less experienced colleagues
    • Provide regular design and project updates to the Project Manager and Supervisor
  • Consultant Management   
    • Lead consultant coordination among all disciplines  
    • Foster cross discipline communication
  • Client Management  
    • Be a secondary point of contact, manage expectations and ensure satisfaction 
  • Contractor Management  
    • Be the primary point of contact for RFIs, submittals, and correspondence
    • Notify Project Manager about all signed/seal documents before distribution
    • Know the contractor’s contract responsibilities

Project Documentation

  • Manage the project documentation for all phases including models and renderings
  • Monitor the documentation for compliance with building code and accessibility requirements
  • Research and select appropriate materials and products
  • Develop project specific construction details
  • Communicate with the MA project team and consultants to ensure technically accurate and well‑coordinated documents consistent with the design intent
  • Work with specifications writer to prepare comprehensive specifications
  • Create and maintain Drawing List
  • Create Cartoon Set
  • Review consultant sets and coordinate prior to the release of drawings for each phase

Quality Control

  • Comply with MA Presentation Standards and Project Checklists
  • Schedule QA/QC reviews as per the MA Project Road Map
  • Have a strong understanding of local building codes and accessibility requirements
  • Implement BIM Execution plan and coordination
  • Archive and conduct BIM audits at regular intervals
  • Archive project emails and maintain standard server file organization
  • Self-check own work

Construction Administration

  • Participate in onsite OAC meetings
  • Review submittals for compliance with design intent and maintain log
  • Respond to RFI's and maintain log
  • Conduct site observations and prepare Field Reports
  • Prepare Punch List
  • Act as point of contact for General Contractor

Education: Professional degree in Architecture
ADIII:  Actively taking the Architectural Registration Exams
PA: Licensure required
Other accreditations encouraged (LEED, WELL, Passivehouse)

Experience: 8+ years of related experience 

Skills: Mastery in 3D modeling using software such as Revit, Rhino, AutoCAD, and SketchUp Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), MS Office, Bluebeam

Salary Range : $69,830 - $115,240

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