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Senior Project Architect

Job Summary

The Senior Project Architect provides daily leadership and mentoring to the project team on all aspects of the project, both design and technical, as the project progresses through various phases. They develop designs and documents from schematic through construction phase in accordance with client and industry standards, usually in the role of Document Team Leader.

Duties and Responsibilities

Project Leadership:

  • Assumes some project management responsibilities for assigned projects, including client and consultant meetings and communications.
  • Coordinates a project from initial design through construction administration.
  • Develops project documentation requirements through research, discussions with Project Manager, PIC, Lead Designer, and client interviews.
  • Develops solutions to client architectural requirements, needs, and complexities.
  • Collaborates with the design team to develop the overall project design to address the clients needs, including budget, schedule, and vision. Provides technical knowledge and insights on material and design choices that may be beneficial in design or cost to the overall project.
  • Oversees the assembly of necessary technical documentation (drawings and specifications) in accordance with client standards for all project phases.
  • Oversees the compilation of the project product manual, which records design decisions.
  • As part of a project team, leads a team of technical staff to develop project technical documentation requirements and solutions for assigned projects.
  • Interfaces with consultants to complete the coordination of the documentation phases of the project in a timely manner. Coordinates structural, electrical, and mechanical drawings and specifications with architectural drawings and specs. Meets with engineers as necessary and articulates the integration of the architecture and the engineering with the full A/E team, including the specifications group.
  • Prepares code analysis for assigned projects, reviews documents for compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and Local laws, ordinances, regulations, statutory, and documentation requirements.
  • Performs construction administration tasks, including shop drawing review, responses to RFIs, site visits, and document modifications as required on assigned projects.

Document Team Leader Role:

  • Setting Project Documentation Requirements:


    • Define and describe the document set to Project Team leaders to facilitate the development of a milestone schedule for contract documents.
    • Complete code analysis and verify compliance of documents.
  • Meeting Documentation Budget:


    • Develop work plan for document team and delegate work among assigned staff.
    • Monitor documentation efforts to meet allocated client hours/budget in the project plan.
  • Completing Documentation Within Project Schedule:


    • Provide documentation milestones for incorporation into the overall project schedule.
  • Leading and Directing Documentation Team:


    • Direct and monitor efforts of both client document team members and consultant team members to achieve milestones and quality levels per project plan.
    • Report weekly progress to Project Manager.
    • Identify submittals for review during CA.
    • Approve elements that diverge from contract documents during CA.
    • Assist in document modifications required during CA.
  • Ensuring Quality of Drawings and Specifications:


    • Coordinate consultant documentation.
    • Execute details consistent with design direction and intent.
    • Incorporate QA review comments.
    • Assemble record documents and input final project space allocations into Project Journal at project completion.


  • Assists in Quality Control reviews and understands how to use local and state building codes. Notifies the team of possible conflicts.
  • Supports new business development opportunities and participates in the proposal/interview process as needed. Assists in the development and presentation of materials, drawings, and models in support of the process.
  • Assumes special projects and duties as assigned or requested.

Job Requirements and Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) or Master of Architecture (MArch) degree.
  • 10+ years experience in architecture with supervisory management experience.

Training Requirements (Licenses, Programs, or Certificates):

  • Licensed Architect, Professional Registration required.
  • Advanced Computer and Information Management Skills (Revit).

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