Project Architect


TKDA / Downers Grove, Illinois


Be an Owner, not a number! As a 100% employee-owned firm, our culture thrives on collaboration, sharing of ideas, and open communication, which encourages contributions from every one of our employee owners. As a multi-disciplined, full-service firm, success is achieved by our entire team working towards a common goal to provide innovative design solutions, which means you will be challenged, you will be encouraged to bring your ideas, and your contributions will make an impact!


If you are an enthusiastic Architect with an entrepreneurial-spirt and an interest in commercial and industrial facilities, consider joining our team as a Project Architect in Downers Grove, IL! As a member of our team, you will collaborate with a multi-disciplined team of highly talented and innovative design and engineering professionals, and you will contribute to and lead the design efforts for a variety of new or renovated facilities for Class I Railroads and Mass Transit organizations throughout the country. As a Project Architect on our team, you will be responsible for developing schematic designs, assisting with specification preparation and edits, and preparing construction documentation. You may also serve as a Project Manager and be responsible for planning, coordinating, directing, and monitoring all aspects of a multi-disciplined project (fee estimates, budgets, schedules, and client expectations) from conceptual design through construction administration. You will also be involved with, and occasionally lead efforts to market services and develop business opportunities by identifying and tracking leads, cultivating and establishing client relationships, developing proposals, and preparing and delivering presentations.


Required Qualifications. •NAAB Accredited Bachelors or Masters degree in Architecture; Preferred registration in the State of Illinois. •Two to eight years of progressive design experience with a preference towards commercial and / or industrial facilities. •Previous experience working on multi-disciplined project teams (including electrical, mechanical, and structural). •Proficiency with AutoCAD; working knowledge of graphics applications including Sketch-Up, Photoshop, Illustrator, and In-Design is a plus. •Previous experience or demonstrated abilities to manage multi-disciplined projects. •Strong working knowledge of MS Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.). •Ability to apply effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills when developing proposals, preparing technical reports and documentation, and participating in or leading project team meetings. •Previous experience conducting site and facility assessments and performing construction observation and inspection services. •Ability to travel to attend project meetings, conduct on-site consultations and assessments, and meet with team members at other TKDA office locations; Occasional overnight travel will be required. •Must possess a valid Driver’s License with a clean driving record. Preferred Qualifications. •NCARB certification and/or registration in additional states. •Current affiliation or active membership with professional associations (AIA, CSI, ICC, etc.). •Previous business development or client relations experience; Strong relations with key contacts at Class I railroads and regional shortline railroads is a plus. •Working knowledge of AREMA design standards and requirements. •Working knowledge of regulatory agency requirements and permit application procedures.




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