Joe Nochman

Joe Nochman

Columbia, SC, US



My name is Joe Nochman.  I’m an architect with 13 years of experience in practice since registration.  I’ve been working in Afghanistan for the last 2 ½ years, first for a large, private engineering firm on projects funded by the US military, and then second for IOM on civilian projects such as hospitals, schools and law-enforcement facilities.  Most of my experience involves designing buildings to meet life-safety codes, to meet the owner or beneficiary’s functional requirements, coordination of related engineering systems such as structural, electrical wiring, lighting, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, working closely with a team of engineers, so that everything works together, as well as addressing overall construct-ability and aesthetic concerns.

As Design Manager, I've overseen a team of 16 national and international architects and engineers to move building designs through the design process from preliminary sketches to complete for-bid and construction documents.

I've also been heavily involved in resolving, or working as a team with contractors, engineers and quality-assurance personnel to resolve, problems and conflicts that arise during construction, reviewing submittals from contractors and performing required, design-side construction administration and documentation to ensure that projects are being completed according to the contract.

If you think I would be a benefit to your organization, please let know.  I look forward to learning more.


Joe Nochman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C



IOM – INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION, Kabul, Afghanistan, Senior Architect / Design Manager

Manager in charge of all architectural and engineering design activities for the IOM EDID/CHEF Program (Emergency Development & Infrastructure Department / Construction of Health and Educational Facilities) whose donors include USAID, UNODC, EUPOL, The European Union, the Norwegian and Japanese Embassies. Responsible and accountable for developing architectural designs and construction details, management of schedules to meet deadlines, responding to emergent issues from project sites, document review, ensuring interdisciplinary coordination and quality control, supervision, mentoring and capacity building of a team of twenty Afghan national and international design architects & engineers. Selection of projects includes:
• Kabul Police Staff College, Kabul, Afghanistan – a $14.5M, 10,000 square meter college complex on a compact 14,000 square meter site for the training of 300 male and female Afghan Police Officers. Project consists of multi-story dormitory buildings, classrooms, administration, dining hall and a 300 seat auditorium. Successfully achieved client deadline for project to be designed and bid within 6 months, assisted in expediting aggressive 18 month schedule for construction.
• 100 Bed Hospital, Gardez, Afghanistan – a $16M, 3,725 square meter complete medical care center with supporting site infrastructure, administrative and educational spaces.
• Provincial Teacher Training Centers, Parwan, Nangahar, Faryab, and Wardak Provinces, Afghanistan – $1.4M – 3.4M, 2,696 square meter campus with a two story classroom and lab building, dormitories and dining facilities for men and women.
• Midwife Training Centers, Faizabad and Bamyan Provinces, Afghanistan – $1.4M, 1,265 square meter single-story training center providing dormitory and classroom space, dining hall and kitchen.
• Counter-Narcotic Police Training Facility, Kandahar, Afghanistan – $4.5M, 2,132 square meter, two-story police training and station building with classroom, offices, administration wing, dining, kitchen and laundry facilities, evidence storage vault, armories and detention suite.
• Ministry of Counter-Narcotics Offices, Farah, Ghor & Helmand Provinces, Afghanistan – $0.4M, 414 square meter, single story office outpost with offices, small kitchen and 50 seat meeting room.
• District Court Buildings, Ghor & Balkh Provinces, Afghanistan – $0.5M, 353 square meter, single story facility with courtroom, offices, and small kitchen. Designed to accommodate a second story addition.

Nov 2011 - current

AMEC, E&I Inc., Kennesaw, GA, US, Senior Architect

Studio leader responsible for the development and delivery of design solutions requested by Regional Support Commands through CJ-Eng, Master Planning, facilities assessment and quality assurance. Assignment included meeting with military, civilian clients to assess project scope and goals, providing quality control, and assisting in the professional development of Afghan architects and engineers. Selection of projects includes:
• PD7 & PD8, Kabul, Afghanistan – Expansive upfit of two existing police compounds. Work includes assessment and documentation of existing buildings and site utilities, master planning and designs for new construction and renovations of barracks, dining facilities (DFACs), office buildings and LSSs.
• ANDF Pol-e-Charki Detention Facility Complex, Kabul, Afghanistan – a $55M expansion for military detainees. Design work, production and QC reviews for 10% design package allowing for the addition of 125 training PAX, 480 additional military troops, 1530 additional detainees and provides accommodation for 100 daily visitors to the site.
• Master Plan for FOB Wilson at Pasab, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan – a phased master plan for complete brigade facilities on a 905,232 square meter existing site.
• New Courthouse for Camp Shorab, Helmand Province, Afghanistan – 6,900 square foot military courthouse.
• ‘Ring of Steel’, Kabul, Afghanistan -- renovations to buildings at existing police compound included office buildings, guard towers and DFAC.

Nov 2010 - Nov 2011

The LPA Group, Inc., Columbia, SC, US, Staff Architect

Accountable for spearheading key aspects of architectural design, building code reviews, design and construction documents creation, engineer coordination, issuing addenda, and construction administration. Projects focused on K-12 schools (member of new business pursuit team), vocational training centers, airport terminals, aviation hangars, and AARF fire stations. Tasked with documenting existing conditions for renovation projects. Samples of projects include:
• Irmo Elementary School, Columbia, SC – $12.5M project for 70,000 square foot new construction and 32,500 square foot renovation.
• Leaphart Elementary School, Columbia, SC – $7.2M, 8-month project; documentation of existing conditions through construction documents.
• Colleton County Quick-Jobs Development Center, Walterboro, SC – $3.5M, 5-month project spanning schematic design through construction documents.
• Aircraft Storage Hangar at Asheville Regional Airport, Asheville, NC – $2.5M, 22,000 square foot initiative.

Jan 2008 - Mar 2010

CDA Architects, Columbia, SC, US, Project Architect

Chosen to lead day-to-day and long-term considerations of design and construction documents creation and management. Worked in coordination with peers and management to document scope of projects.
• Supported $35M project for the University of South Carolina baseball stadium over an 8-month period by assisting in the completion of construction documents.
• Played a key role in constructing “crash gates” at the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse by researching force protection systems and completing all design documents.
• Served as primary point of contact for NCR Corporation remodeling by working with client leadership to document existing conditions and develop design solutions, including schematic design through construction administration.

Jan 2007 - Jan 2008

Stevens & Wilkinson | Stang & Newdow, Inc., Columbia, SC, US, Project Architect

Joined firm to expedite building code reviews, design and construction documents, and engineering coordination across projects such as K-12 schools, automotive dealerships, and projects for the Army COE. Performed construction administration activities, including weekly meetings, construction observation, and submittal review.
• Played key role in 4 school projects valued at $50M total by serving as part of team that designed a repeatable prototype used across all projects with minor architectural changes to make each design unique.
• Supported school projects ranging from $7M to $15M by completing schematic, design development, and construction documents.
• Delivered contributions to Army COE projects across Ft. Bragg, Ft. Gordon, and Ft. Benning by participating in charrettes with diverse groups for multi-million dollar projects; included military courthouse, urban assault courses, classroom buildings, training aid support center, and squad defense range.
• Assisted with the completion of 3 separate projects for a single automobile dealership by designing and producing construction documents for facilities ranging from 11,000 to 99,000 square feet.

Nov 2002 - Jan 2007


Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, US, MArch, Architecture

Jun 1992 - Dec 1993

Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1985 - Jun 1991

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