Vitruvius wrote in De architectura that three qualities are required for architecture: firmitas, venustas, & utilitas.
We at O’Brien & Keane strive for these same virtues in our broad range of building types to serve our wide spectrum of clients. This has led us to award-winning success, particularly in the design of buildings dedicated to sacred architecture. We are now seeking those interested in joining us on our mission.
We are currently seeking architects who have the following credentials and exhibit the following traits:
Master of Architecture or Bachelor of Architecture degrees from accredited programs
3-5 years of professional experience with an architecture firm
Licensure is preferred but not required
Believe that the architecture of the past is a rich heritage upon which to build
Distinguish between buildings that are “interesting” versus beautiful architecture
Think that architecture has the power to inspire people and bring out a positive response
Be driven to come up with new ideas, and enjoy conceiving of different options for solving the same problem
Like to start over on a design problem again…and again…until nothing can be found to add or subtract
Be self-critical, looking for flaws in the design that must be addressed
Enjoy working with others, communicating freely, and being part of a team
There is no ceiling to your opportunity at O’Brien & Keane; the question is “how far do you want to climb”? We are looking for architects interested in putting down “foundations” and building an architectural “home”. Along the adventure, employees will enjoy the following:
Engage actively in projects from inception to completion, and make a difference in the outcome
Form relationships and share experiences with colleagues, clients, contractors, consultants, and artisans
Exercise unlimited creativity, bounded only by the real-life practical constraints of the project and one’s own initiative
Experience the sense of fulfillment when you see the results of your effort in built form and be part of something bigger
Although we are combined as one team, we are many parts with diverse skills and complimentary qualities. Together, we bring an amazing force to each project. We share a common thread of passion, continuous learning, and the desire to be of service to our clients and society through design. We seek to add talented leaders of like mind, who possess both an inquisitive thirst for building science and a love of architectural design: the craft of creating an enduring, sound, and lovely building.
A salary commensurate with one’s qualifications and experience.
A charming office with airy volume, huge windows, and comfortable workstations.
A convenient location, with an easy stroll to Metro and the restaurants and night-life of Clarendon.
Health insurance and retirement savings plans with significant employer contributions
A personable work environment with recognition of today’s need for a healthy work-life balance
About O'Brien & Keane
O’Brien & Keane is a full-service architecture firm in Virginia, offering more than 20 years of experience in building design, interior design, and land planning services to a broad spectrum of clients. We specialize in school and traditional Catholic church architecture, and provide full architectural and engineering services for major new facilities as well as church renovation in Virginia and the surrounding area, building additions, and adaptive reuse projects. We also provide consulting, engineering, and specialty design services through subcontracts with allied design professionals, including the design and fabrication of marble liturgical furnishings.