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Sample architect job description

At [Company X], the integrated approach to design brings diverse voices and visions to every project. We’re searching for a highly experienced architect to join us in developing real, workable solutions based on innovation. The ideal candidate will have strong technical knowledge of conceptual design, building planning and detailing, and construction documentation and administration. We’re seeking someone who has the soul and passion of an artist and an array of strong technical skills. The architect must bring their knowledge of site, structure, science, and technology to every project in order to achieve client objectives for context, culture, and sustainability.

Objectives of this role

  • Design, document, and execute concurrent high-quality projects by collaborating with internal and external teams
  • Maintain close working relationships with a team that includes engineers, construction managers, surveyors, and government representatives
  • Cultivate expert knowledge of building products, construction details, regulations, quality standards, budgets, and timelines
  • Adhere to legal regulations and industry standards for design and construction, while also paying attention to industry trends and architectural advancements
  • Lead the creation of a conceptual framework for projects that includes company standards, goals, and brand ideals


  • Create designs and detailed drawings by hand or with computer-aided design (CAD) applications
  • Manage project development from pre-design through completion, meeting with clients and consultants, providing insights and assistance, and reviewing and approving consultant requests for payments, amendments, extensions of schedule, and contract closeout
  • Lead the coordination of multiple disciplines to produce a comprehensive set of construction documents that meets the requirements of local building codes, ADA compliance, zoning regulations, and other applicable laws
  • Liaise with construction professionals regarding project feasibility and manage issues related to environmental impacts, local planning legislation, and budget negotiation and preparation
  • Attend regular meetings with clients, contractors, and specialists, and make site visits regularly to check on progress

Required skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in architecture, design, or related field
  • Six or more years of experience in architectural design
  • Knowledge of and experience with local building codes, ADA compliance, zoning regulations, and other laws applicable to design and construction
  • Understanding of project budgets and schedules, with focus on soft costs, project milestones, and timely deliverables
  • Professional membership or registration (ex: RIBA, ARB)
  • Working knowledge of CAD applications and Vectorworks

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Master’s degree in architecture or related field
  • Experience with green building principles and techniques
  • Willingness to travel