Senior Design Architect

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Newark, NJ, USLocation:
Mon, Dec 5 '22Posted on:

OCA is looking for a highly organized and detail-oriented Senior Design Architect with 12+ years of experience leading client groups and design teams from programming, concept, design, and post-occupancy of design solutions. The Senior Design Architect will serve as a lead designer and set the design direction for key projects across OCA. This position is a hands-on, in-office position requiring overseeing daily activities on assigned Projects.


  • Plans, organizes, and directs the design activities for key projects within OCA
  • Manages and mentors junior staff to ensure clear and consistent direction with regard to goals and objectives, timelines, and execution for assigned projects
  • Oversees design review process to ensure that designs meet overall goals and objectives for projects, provide maximum value for dollars budgeted, and meet the functional needs of the client and design teams
  • Reviews design changes to ensure projects remain within budget
  • Oversees design presentations and monitors design development through a collaborative, integrative design process
  • Participates in business development activities as required
  • Participates in Presentations
  • Identifies educational opportunities, i.e., seminars and workshops, to learn and share up-to-date information with junior staff
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor or master’s degree in Architecture or a related field
  • Registered Licensed Architect in the State of New Jersey, New York or working towards licensure
  • 12+ years of experience in high-quality design projects of Multifamily, Public, Commercial and Mixed-Use buildings
  • Must possess a thorough knowledge of architecture practice, with an emphasis on design
  • Must understand building materials, construction methods, integration of engineering disciplines, and building costs/codes to help inform the design.
  • Knowledge of National, State and Local Building Codes
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), and Bluebeam
  • Proficient in Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp and other 3D modeling software
  • LEED accreditation is a plus but not required
  • Self-motivated, organized, and flexible
  • Strong design sensibility
  • Strong communication and presentation abilities
  • Willingness to learn and take directions from senior staff
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S without visa restrictions 


  • Competitive salary
  • (2-3 weeks) paid time off (PTO), plus (10) paid holidays
  • Potential profit bonus
  • Company offers paid 401K match program
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance coverage
  • Beautiful office location on NJIT Campus
  • Summer hours (1/2-day Fridays)

 About OCA

 OCA Architects Inc. is a Newark-based architectural firm located on the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) campus. Our projects include mixed-use residential developments, higher education, K-12 education, healthcare, corporate and public facilities.  Some of our current projects include the PANYNJ Newark International Airport Vision Plan, PANYNJ JFK Terminal 6 Project design/build project, Newark Public Safety -Traffic Division as well as several multi-family residential Projects. We provide a dynamic environment that supports innovation and creativity, allowing each team member to significantly contribute to the design process. Learn more by visiting our website at

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