SOM, one of the most influential design firms in the world, is seeking innovative, creative, independent, and critical thinkers who aspire to the highest standards of excellence. Join our collaborative design practice as a Specifications Writer for the opportunity to build a strong and thriving career.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Plan, prepare, schedule, organize, and execute specification development for a variety of project types in their entirety, interacting with architectural team and consultants.
Assist in the development of specification standards, policies, and procedures with the specification team’s firm-wide.
Confer with clients, consultants, contractors and others during various stages of project development.
Review of architectural drawings and details to coordinate with specifications.
Review and update of specifications as needed to stay current with industry standards and advancements.
Completion of five or six-year architectural degree program desired.
10 years progressively responsible experience in all phases of architecture and substantial experience in the preparation of specification construction documents, with an emphasis on the preparation of construction specifications on large scale projects.
Thorough knowledge of architectural design, documentation, detailing, building materials, building codes, construction techniques and costs, as well as building material compatibility and characteristics.
Practical knowledge of general architectural practice including programming, site planning, civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering.
Extensive knowledge of industry standards, current product development, and architectural practices.
Extensive knowledge and prior experience with contract language, liability, indemnifications, and definitions.
Strong analytical, oral and written communication skills with the ability to build quick rapport with all levels of employees, clients, consultants and vendors.
Proven ability in problem identification, problem solving and conflict resolution.
Must be organized and a team player.
SOM offers opportunities to work on transformational projects, competitive salaries, health insurance, wellness, retirement and financial and work/life plans.
At SOM, we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace. We believe an inclusive environment benefits our employees, our firm, and our community, while also enriching and challenging our own thinking about design. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Visit this page to learn more about SOM's employment policy and how to apply offline: www.som.com/employment_opportunities_and_policy
To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and work samples at www.som.com/careers under the Specifications Writer requisition.
Portfolios must be submitted for all design positions (Architecture, Interiors, Planning, etc).Applications without work samples will not be reviewed. Portfolios should be one PDF attachment, 10-20 pages, maximum 5 MB. Submit portfolios as part of your application in the section where the application asks you for your Resume or CV.
About Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP’s commitment to design excellence—coupled with our sophistication in building technology—has resulted in some of the most important contributions to the built environment of this century. As an interdisciplinary practice, we have award-winning studios in architecture, structural engineering, urban design and master planning, interior design, and graphic design.
Our landmark projects include Sears Tower and John Hancock Tower in Chicago, Lever House in New York, and the Bank of America Headquarters Tower in San Francisco. Recent work in San Francisco includes the iconic San Francisco Airport International Terminal, the Transbay Terminal Area Master Plan, St. Regis Hotel and Residences, and the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. Our unique presence in the Far East, especially China, includes recent award winning projects such as the Pearl River Tower, Poly Guangzhou, The New Beijing Poly Plaza, Nanjing Jinao Tower, and Jinling Hotel Tower.
In keeping with our legacy as pioneers of design and building technology, we are increasingly incorporating building information modeling (BIM) systems and sustainability solutions into our design process.... Our firm was also awarded a patent for a device developed by our structural engineering practice that mitigates seismic damage in buildings.
Our far-reaching portfolio includes higher education buildings, health care facilities, civic buildings, residential developments, corporate offices, financial institutions, commercial and retail facilities, religious buildings, airports, and recreational and sports facilities.
SOM is an international practice, with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, London, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.