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Registered Architects - Strong Higher Education / University Portfolio

Location:Alexandria, VA
Benefits:medical, dental, life/AD&D, 401(k) and profit sharing, short term and long term disability, paid vacation and sick time and other voluntary benefits
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:Cooper Carry is one of America's most dynamic, context-driven design firms focused on the creation of EXCEPTIONAL PLACES - neighborhoods, buildings, spaces and landscapes crafted to enrich the experience of life for the people who occupy them.

We bring an internationally recognized team of design professionals to the wide variety of project types we engage in, all united in the pursuit of excellence through the practice of connective design. Since our founding 1960, we have steadily built a reputation for thoughtful design applied to diverse projects throughout the United States, in the Caribbean and worldwide. Each project is a composition of imaginative connections among buildings and their components, and among buildings, their sites, and the communities of which they form a part.

Cooper Carry is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. Cooper Carry provides a drug free workplace.

We are seeking to add a Registered Architect with strong higher education / university experience and expertise to our team in Alexandria, Virginia. The Registered Architect will actively participate in the project design and production under the direction of the Project Architect, Design Architect, Project Manager, or Principal, as appropriate. The Registered Architect is expected to integrate information and prepare coordinated documents, under the direction of the Project Team Leaders. The Registered Architect provides mentoring and guidance to non-registered members of the team experience.
Duties:Specific responsibilities of the Staff Architect may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Perform various tasks and assists project teams working on a variety of projects and project phases including but not limited to each of the following project phases: Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Marking up Specifications and Bidding & Negotiations under the direct supervision of a Project Architect.
• Assist Project Architect in coordinating such tasks as schedule implementation, design reviews, drawing updates, drawing / specification coordination, value engineering, constructability feasibility, review of shop drawings, review and response to Requests for Information (RFI’s), and creation of Architectural Supplemental Instructions (ASI’s), Proposal Requests (PR’s) and Change Orders.
• Work to achieve Client's goals, within the constraints of the budget.
• Work closely with Architectural Interns, and Project Architects to obtain project information and ensure drawings are accurate and complete.
• Assist Project Architect in exploring design alternatives.
• Research building materials and systems as requested by the Project Architect.
• Research codes, regulations, etc., under the direction of the Project Architect.
• Establish and follow Architectural and Engineering (A&E) design schedule and milestone drawing dates.
• Travel to Project Job Site or Design Office as required to facilitate design and construction under the direction of the Project Architect.
• Perform non-routine and complex drafting assignments within company and industry standards and codes.
• Inform Principal of potential project opportunities.
• Coordinate documents with team consultants.
• Communicate methods to improve the "project progress" to the team leadership.
• Develop details that are consistent with the design direction, and support the overall quality of the project.
• Coordinate details and dimensions.
• Assist in presentation drawings, as requested.
• Produce construction documents consistent with office standards.
• Mentor less experienced Architectural Interns and offers advice, training, and direction.
• Develop knowledge of Cooper Carry projects and resources.
• Follow established filing systems, tracking logs, and archiving standard as set forth by Cooper Carry.
• Assist in the documentation of meetings.
• Document telephone conversations.
• Demonstrate dependability in meeting task and project deadlines.
• Understand task assignments and ask questions as necessary.
• Participate in professional/community organization and activities.
• Take advantage of continuing education and seminar opportunities.
• Other duties as logically inherent to this role.
Qualifications:• Registered Architect.
• Minimum of 8 years professional architectural experience.
• strong portfolio in higher education / university project types
• Graduate of accredited architectural program with Bachelor’s level degree (preferred) or commensurate professional experience.
• Minimum of 3 years graphic and/or design experience or comparable knowledge gained in an academic environment
• Strong understanding of building systems.
• Strong Construction Documentation (CD) skills.
• Proficient in Revit; Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD).
• Ability to work with minimal supervision.
• Demonstrated ability to fulfill perform all task associated with non-registered architectural roles (Intern Architect, Architectural Staff, etc.)

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Majority of time is spent in sitting position.
• Ability to move throughout the office either by walking or through assisted means.
• Ability to participate in site visits either by walking or through assisted mean.
• There are no lifting requirements for this position.

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