Senior Project Architect

Company Preview: MKDA is a 63-year-old, award-winning architectural and design firm headquartered in New York City with offices in Florida, DC and Connecticut. We are often asked how we are so successful at vying against the bigger names in architecture and winning on significant projects. We think it’s because our history bears us out, but also because many from our local team hail from larger shops, or academia, bringing with them an expansive knowledge and vision alongside MKDA’s innate entrepreneurial drive and passion for delivering individualized attention, highly attuned and tailored design solutions, strong work ethic, and management of budgets and schedules. We also like to think that people enjoy working with us because while we take our work and project outcomes seriously, we value the power of relationships and not taking ourselves too seriously. There are no “starchitects” here, just talented, fun people with a strong work ethic.

 

Position Preview: This is a unique opportunity to participate in the development of architectural projects from concept to completion, and learn all aspects of the process along the way. You will work closely with our Principal Architect and Technical Director to develop design ideas and creatively problem solve, as well as provide strong technical support and interface with clients regularly. Our architecture group is a boutique studio where all ideas are welcome, and no one is exempt from pursuing their own personal and professional goals. 

 

Key Responsibilities (not limited to)

  • Works with/within the design team from concept to completion on multiple projects of various budgets and scales simultaneously
  • Creates construction documentation for various architectural projects alongside the design team
  • Reviews construction documents and shop drawings for design compliance
  • Participate in the planning of projects from budgeting to design intent
  • Responsible for the coordination of project efforts both administrative and technical to assure the most efficient and cost-effective execution of assigned projects occurs
  • Act as client liaison to bring the schedule, budget and scope of work to completion 
  • Ensures projects stay within design parameters and on deadline
  • Manage client relationships and team communication
  • Resolve complex technical and design issues
  • Conduct on-site observations and document site reviews
  • Process submittals, RFIs, substitution requests, etc. during construction
  • Interface with building and permitting officials during the permitting and construction phases of the project
  • Mentor and grow junior staff members
  • Participate in office culture and initiatives

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture
  • Expertise in hospitality, multi-family or mixed-use design projects
  • 8+ years of technical architectural design experience
  • 8+ years of REVIT experience with full construction documentation experience
  • Licensure or LEED preferred but not required
  • Strong leadership, organizational, communication and relationship-management skills
  • Proven record of managing projects during construction
  • Experience and ability to coordinate with various consultants 
  • Interacts well with other disciplines and clients in a manner that builds productive relationships
  • Resolve complex technical and design issues
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills and ability to grasp complex functional program requirements
  • Ability to prioritize and concurrently service multiple projects and meet demanding deadline
  • Experience working directly with contractors
  • Experience resolving complex technical and design issues
  • Proficiency with ArchiCAD a plus
  • Understanding of how buildings are constructed and ability to create technical documents that succinctly, thoroughly, and accurately describe the work to be done
  • Understanding of sustainable and universal design concepts

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive Annual Base Salary based on experience, certifications and portfolio
  • Full Benefits Package – Eligible for bonuses each year, health insurance, 401K with match, FSA account, PTO, Paid Holidays and more