Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world. Guided by a spirit of collaboration, our firm brings together diverse, interdisciplinary teams to achieve award-winning projects that advance our longstanding commitment to design excellence, innovation, and sustainability. At SOM, you will find the opportunity to contribute to projects of great civic and cultural significance, while working alongside some of the brightest minds in the field.
Throughout the firm’s 80-year history, SOM has been at the forefront of emerging technologies, processes, and ideas that have made a lasting impact on the built environment. Our portfolio includes some of the most significant buildings of the past century, and projects that anticipate the important urban and environmental challenges of the future. With projects in more than 50 countries, our work is truly international—and so are our employees. Our staff of 1,200 works from SOM’s offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, and Mumbai.
We are looking for a project leader responsible for projects with minimal oversight by an assigned supervisor within the SOM project co-leader structure (Design, Technical and Management. Associate will be focused on establishing broad project strategies, resourcing and project performance goals for healthcare + science projects. Associate is expected to independently contribute to and execute those goals and organize their own efforts and the efforts of their team in doing so. They to be recognized leaders in the health and science field, have advanced knowledge of architectural practice, the metrics and processes associated with health and science projects as well as being established mentors. They are also emerging as business development resources and are developing a presence in the health and science industry.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Is an emerging leader in the health and science industry with expertise in the technical aspects of these project types;
Plans, schedules, organizes, coordinates and executes the technical design aspects of projects, with limited oversight from Partner, Director, Associate Director;
Coordinates entire architectural design concept incorporating planning, engineering, interiors and all other required systems in collaboration with Senior Designer and Project Designer;
Provides technical design input and support for the development of the entire design concept for the assigned work under an Associate Director, Director or Partner;
Responsible for a project’s technical design effort, subsequent detailed design development, project coordination and quality control efforts during all phases of project work in collaboration with a Senior Designer and Project Manager;
Develops thorough understanding of design philosophy of projects, provides major input in developing a design and building performance strategy and can effectively convey this to assigned team members when appropriate;
Participates in the planning, scheduling, and organization of project plans relative to technical design efforts and processes in collaboration with senior project team;
Participates in marketing and business development in the health and science practice area;
Develops leadership presence office wide as a resource for technical design efforts;
Seeks creative and innovative solutions to complex problems and develops appropriate research and documentation to support these solutions;
Drives collaborative relationship with consultants and knowledge resources to ensure that deliverables are coordinated, integrated and support the performance goals of the project;
Supervises and coordinates work efforts of his/her assigned team in close collaboration with senior designer and project manager;
Contributes to preparation of design documents and oversees the detailed development of construction documents during all project phases;
Leads review of design and construction documents in order to confirm compliance with the contract deliverables;
Leads construction phase (construction administration) services with limited oversight from a Partner, Director, Associate Director;
Directly assists and mentors assigned team members and, more broadly, architectural levels A, B, C, D, E and F in the office at large as appropriate;
Sets an example for team effort through the spirit of cooperation;
Proactively checks and coordinates project documents (including but not limited to drawing set organization, details, dimensions, interdisciplinary coordination items, specifications coordination, etc.) and is responsible for quality control of such tasks in accordance with SOM’s quality control program;
Proactively checks, coordinates and integrates work with other project team members who are working on adjacent or otherwise relevant project areas that may not be in the assigned task area;
Performs and/or directors material and building systems research and participates in the coordination and preparation of project specifications;
Oversees review of shop drawings and sample submittals and supervises fellow team members and direct reports in the review of shop drawings and sample submittals;
Coordinates and develops responses to contactor questions, inquiries, RFI’s etc. and supervises fellow team members and direct reports to that end;
Prepares punch-lists and field observation reports and supervises fellow team members and direct reports to that end;
Makes appropriate value judgments with respect to field corrective work that supports the design concept and performance goals of the project;
Supports project document control tasks and maintains quality control of suck tasks in accordance with SOM’s quality control program and records management protocols;
Demonstrates detailed knowledge of local office standards, policies and procedures and can direct others in the use of those resources;
Actively supports compliance with BIM/CAD project standards and procedures;
Demonstrates leadership in terms of implementing SOM standard procedures and protocols to assure continuity and consistency of project documentation across the firm in support of overall office wide goals;
Participates in the development of local office standards, policies, and procedures;
Seeks to build an external presence at health and science events, conferences, and organizations;
Is actively pursuing or has achieved LEED professional accreditation beyond “Green Associate”.
Other duties as required.
Completion of five or six-year architectural degree program.
Minimum of 8 years progressively responsible professional experience; with experience required in all phases of project work including preparation of conceptual, schematic, design, development, and construction documents and supporting materials with a focus on the technical design aspects of project delivery.
Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience in health and science projects.
Demonstrates advanced knowledge of architectural practice.
Demonstrates experience in leading teams in the completion of architectural projects.
Demonstrates advanced knowledge of building materials, detailing, constructions techniques, building systems selection, related engineering principles, sustainability strategies, construction cost structures and building codes.
Demonstrates practical knowledge of space programming and functional adjacencies, site planning, civil, structural, mechanicals, electrical, security engineering, etc.
Demonstrates awareness of latest industry wide initiatives, technologies and processes in the A/E/C community.
Demonstrates practical understanding of the application of digital tools such as AutoCAD, Revit, Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Digital Project/CATIA, 3dsMAX, Navisworks, Solibri, scripting and programming.
Demonstrates practical knowledge in word processing, presentation programs such as PowerPoint and spreadsheet programs.
Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
Demonstrates ability to lead presentations, seminars, discussions, etc. with large groups.
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world. Founded in 1936, we have completed more than 10,000 projects across 50-plus countries. We are renowned for our iconic buildings and our steadfast commitment to design excellence, innovation, and sustainability.