Cornell University's Office of the University Architect (OUA) is seeking a talented and creative project architect with experience working on academic, residential, and athletic facilities within college and university environments. The OUA provides planning and design services and stewardship of the campus, guiding all changes made to the physical environment of the campus and ensuring thoughtful implementation of the University’s long-term vision. If you are an engaged, design-focused architect looking for a new opportunity at a premier institution of higher education, we hope you will contact us to explore this opportunity!
Reporting to the Associate University Architect, the Project Architect will contribute to the overall operations and service-oriented activities of the Office of the University Architect, providing leadership in planning and design of capital projects and support for a wide range of campus improvement initiatives. The Project Architect will assist in development of preliminary planning, design, and administration of projects from inception through implementation, working closely with colleagues within the Division of Facilities and Campus Services (FCS) and with representatives from both the Endowed and Contract College academic units within the University. Through collaborations with University stakeholders and consultants engaged by the University, the Project Architect will advance the capability and professionalism of the OUA and its role as the architectural conscience of the institution.
The Project Architect will support the capital planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of Endowed and SUCF/Contract Colleges Facilities throughout New York State, including the Ithaca Campus, Cornell Tech, AgriTech in Geneva and a number of smaller, widely distributed research and extension facilities. The Project Architect will provide effective, timely communications with deans and faculty, Cornell and SUNY administration, staff from the State University Construction Fund (SUCF), external consultants and contractors.
Bachelor's Degree in Architecture and professional license required. Minimum of five to ten years of experience in programming, planning, design, construction, and project management. Demonstrated Architectural team management and assignments with documented project schedule and budget responsibility; experience in project cost estimating, bidding, and coordination of architectural design documents through all phases of projects required.
Required Skills and Abilities:
Strong design, planning, and leadership abilities as well as capability in leading design teams towards successful results, organizing and chairing effective meetings, and maintaining consistent communication as required within a project team to ensure successful design and planning process and results on all projects.
Strong verbal, written, and graphic communication skills.
Ability to develop and coordinate data and graphics for presentations to all constituents in the form of printed documents, projected or digitally transmitted images.
High level of familiarity with essential principles of design, planning, and construction standards for higher education institutions.
Highly skilled with drafting and modelling software including Auto CAD, BIM (REVIT), Sketchup, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop to interface effectively with A/E consultants and internal project teams.
Ability to create, modify, and read drawings and to explain design ideas and content of drawings to non-architects.
Hands-on knowledge of current building codes, zoning codes and municipal permitting processes for major construction projects, interior renovations, site improvements.
Proficient in use of Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Project, or other project scheduling software.
Ability to research, analyze, and synthesize data related to planning and design, including cost and program data, as part of the design and planning process. Proficient in use of planning software applications, including Excel, Power Point and OneNote.
Strong interpersonal skills: Skilled at working successfully with consultants, project stakeholders, executive-level administrators, and in representing the university appropriately in all aspects of the role. Thoughtful communicator who is personable and credible.
Must be a team-player: Able and willing to support others and work towards improvement of the campus environment and culture. Must demonstrate dedication to maintaining professional environment and relationships with colleagues and clients alike.
Master’s Degree in Architecture preferred. Experience working in complex institutional environment is desirable.
Experience within highly collaborative environments requiring strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Experience in a higher education architecture/planning firm.
Experience in a University Planning/Facilities Department.
Experience with campus master planning process and documentation, and with space planning and programming.
Experience in the planning and design of a wide range of building types in a complex institutional environment.
Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, we have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world.
The Cornell University campus is widely admired as one of the world’s most beautiful academic settings. Facilities and Campus Services (FCS) is committed to providing the highest quality service to faculty, students, staff, alumni, and visitors. With more than 260 major buildings enhancing the magnificent landscape of the Ithaca campus, approximately 1,000 highly talented and dedicated staff serve as stewards of the campus resources and operations.