SR ARCHITECT / PROJECT DESIGNER (10 Plus Years Experience)
JLA Architects was founded in 2007 and has since grown into a medium-sized firm with offices in both Madison & Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We have built a strong & consistent reputation with our clients, consulting partners, municipal bodies, and the community at large. Our success can be directly attributed to our diverse team and our approach to our work – which is inclusive & collaborative. This approach holds true in how we interact with clients, consultants, municipal bodies, and our internal Team.
As a Design Architect / Project Designer, your responsibilities will be to conceive, implement, and oversee the design of Project(s) through all phases of the architectural process – from conception through building occupancy. A Design Architect / Project Designer will take direction from an Office Director and/or Project Manager, but will be expected to prioritize, coordinate, and execute their work independently. A Design Architect / Project Designer will be expected to effectively direct & manage other JLA Team Members - on a Project basis - with varying experience, knowledge, and skillsets as well as well as external consultants that may be part of the development team. The expected workload would be between 42-45 hours per week. Some travel to Milwaukee/Madison may be required. Specific functions & responsibilities of a Design Architect / Project Designer include, but are not limited to, the following:
During the Schematic Design Phase, your responsibility will be to lead the project design process to produce a sound schematic design that meets project goals – including:
Lead and/or participate in Client meetings to determine project program & project goals
Identify design challenges & design opportunities, key/unique issues, and other analysis or considerations that will have an impact on the project design
Produce & maintain the project program
Provide input to Office Director and Project Manager as it relates to scope of work, design deliverables, & project schedule
Perform & document preliminary zoning & building code reviews
Research design precedents and produce associated documentation and/or analysis as necessary
Conceive & produce sound conceptual/schematic design options as appropriate for the project program & goals
Lead and/or perform design work and produce design deliverables per defined project schedules
Produce project information tables/narratives – including site & building data – for analysis of schematic options
Independently produce and/or lead the production of presentation materials for internal reviews, Client meetings, and other external meetings and/or submittals
Collaborate & coordinate with JLA Team Members & external consultants, as necessary, to convey design goals, design concepts, and to ensure production of the necessary design deliverables per the project schedule;
Work collaboratively to proactively solve design challenges and resolve design issues – refining schematic designs based on feedback from Clients, JLA Team Members, and other outside stakeholders;
Present conceptual/schematic design options to internal team members, Clients, and external ‘stakeholders’ such as municipal bodies & neighborhood groups;
Produce documents supporting the governmental entitlement packages.
Prepare for, attend, and participate in external meetings & presentations after traditional business hours;
Project Related Responsibilities - Design Development Phase:
During the Design Development Phase, your responsibility will be to lead the design process to refine and finalize the project’s design – including:
Guide & Review complete zoning & building code reviews
Research materials, products, equipment, and building assemblies
Present design options to internal team members, Clients, and external ‘stakeholders’ such as municipal bodies & neighborhood groups
Work collaboratively to refine the project’s design, proactively solve design challenges, and resolve design issues based on feedback from Clients, JLA Team Members, and other outside stakeholders
Collaborate with, coordinate with, and direct JLA Team Members & external consultants, as necessary, to convey design goals, design concepts, and to ensure production of the necessary design deliverables per the project schedule
Attend/participate in internal & external project progress meetings and follow-up with necessary action items
Provide continual proactive communication with JLA Team Members, Clients, Consultants, Contractors, etc.
Produce project design information – including site & building data
Contribute and review Design Development Documents & Specifications
Review and provide input about external consultant documents
Produce and assemble municipal entitlement packages with senior level guidance and any necessary follow-up
Prepare for, attend, and participate in external meetings & presentations after traditional business hours
Perform Design Reviews on project progress documents
Project Related Responsibilities - Construction Document Phase:
Provide support & design input to the Project Team as Construction Documents are produced or as ‘Value Engineering’ options are analyzed
Perform Design Reviews on project progress documents
Project Related Responsibilities - Construction Administration Phase:
Provide support & design input to the Project Team as the Project is constructed or as ‘Value Engineering’ options are analyzed
Assist with the review of shop drawings & submittals for conformance with design
Participate in periodic construction site visits to observe construction progress, proactively identify potential design issues, and/or assist with the resolution of design issues that arise
Perform final walk through to evaluate project for ‘lessons learned’ and identify areas for design improvement
Assist JLA President and other Business Development Team members with various marketing efforts including:
Meeting with potential new clients and/or attending networking events
Preparing and/or assisting with responses to RFP’s (Request for Proposals)
Mentor less experienced Team Members in the architectural profession
Perform other project-related and operational-related duties as required and assigned.
Participate in discussions related to evolution of JLA policies, procedures, & standards to help increase the firm’s efficiency and improve the firm’s design processes;
The ideal person for this position would have the qualities, skills, and knowledge listed below.
Produce and assemble municipal entitlement packages with senior level guidance and any necessary follow-up;
Participate in discussions related to evolution of JLA policies, procedures
15 years of experience at an architectural firm with at least 5 years of experience designing projects of a size & scope similar to that of JLA Projects (or demonstrated equivalent).
Demonstrated understanding of working with, or for, private developer clients
Substantial experience with Sketch-Up software;
Experience with AutoCAD architectural software;
Experience with Revit Architecture software;
Design skill that demonstrates knowledge of building codes and construction practices
Has an ability to produce competent, efficient, feasible, and professional options that meet project and client criteria as well as market standards and demands with the guidance of a senior designer.
The understanding that our clients are our lifeblood, and that client satisfaction is our greatest priority.
Experience with Sketch-Up software
Experience with AutoCAD architectural software
Experience with Revit Architecture software
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite Software
Compensation & Benefits:
Salary shall be market-rate, commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge
Benefits include Paid Time Off, Health Plan, Dental Plan, Group Life Insurance, 401K Plan, Long-Term Disability Plan, Family Leave Plan
Family-oriented, flexible schedule
Team-oriented, relaxed (but professional) work environment/culture
Request an Interview:
If you are a qualified candidate for this position and would like to request an interview, please submit the following information to the office below or e-mail to JLA Human Resources.
Professional Resume with relevant experience - including roles & responsibilities.
List of Professional References - with specific contact names & current phone numbers.
JLA Architects provides equal employment opportunity to all applicants and promotional opportunity to all employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected characteristic. JLA Architects is committed to recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting persons in all job titles, as well as ensuring that all other personnel actions are administered, without regard to the protected characteristics outlined above.
JLA Architects provides a comprehensive range of architectural + planning services for a variety of project & market types ranging from sports & recreation facilities to multi-family developments. We have offices based in Madison and Milwaukee and work across the midwest.