Architect, Construction Management, Jobs at the AIA
4 Year Degree
Meet Blue Ridge Architects.
Founded in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 2004, Blue Ridge Architects serves clients up and down the Mid-Atlantic while never forgetting our small-town roots and values where actions speak louder than words, relationships are of utmost importance, and doing things right are a way of life. These values keep us grounded as we collaborate to find innovative design solutions for our clients.
While we have a broad portfolio of projects, our focus is on higher education, growing churches, and urban redevelopment. We provide comprehensive services in architectural design, strategic and master planning, project management, historic preservation, adaptive reuse and integrated project delivery.
We work alongside our clients to create meaningful and functional spaces that not only communicate their mission and values but also build community and bring people together. We delight in details, promote sustainable solutions, and showcase craftsmanship in all that we do.
In 2013, Blue Ridge Architects added a building systems company, now making it possible to take a project from conception through to completed construction.
Joining our small, creative firm means that even our associates get to have their hands in projects at every stage of the process. We are invested in the success of all of our employees, have an accessible management team, make mentoring a priority, and work hard for our clients while keeping realistic work hours and having fun at the same time. Bottom line: it’s a great place to work and live.
Located in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg is a vibrant university town. Its downtown is home to several breweries, dozens of independent restaurants, a great music scene, locally-owned shops, museums and a thriving farmers market. Harrisonburg was the first designated Arts & Cultural District and the first Culinary District in Virginia. Each year sees a plethora of food, beer, bike and music festivals and the area is a haven for outdoor lovers. Only one hour from Charlottesville and two hours from Washington, D.C., living here makes bigger city life easily accessible.
Harrisonburg has been recognized in the national press for being one of the 10 Most Exciting Places in Virginia (Movoto), Best Place to be a Millennial, Best Mountain Town and Best Beer Town (Blue Ridge Outdoors), #5 Best College Town in America (Travel + Leisure Magazine), one of America's Top Mountain Bike Towns (USA Today), is ranked among top 50 Best Small Places in the U.S. for Business and Careers (Forbes Magazine) and is honored with a Great American Main Street Award.
Ready to join us? We seek a full-time Associate Architect with a passion for buildings and communities to join our team.
Job Summary: Support success of client projects through all phases of design production and research.
Reports to: Senior Project Manager
Primary Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Prepare architectural plans and renderings
Research products and techniques for their use
Research and produce design concepts independently, as well as developing concepts initiated by others.
Document existing buildings in the field and provide supporting digital documentation (plans, elevations, existing conditions, etc.)
Create BIM models of plans, sections, elevations, and details to produce drawing sets and construction documents for clients and building contractors
Participate in meetings with clients, contractors, vendors, government officials, etc.
Assist in development of code-compliance strategies
Assist Senior Project Manager with project assignments, meeting planning deadlines and coordinating all personal work in conjunction with senior staff.
Note: This description reflects the core activities of the role, but is not intended to be all-inclusive, as other duties within the firm may be required from time to time. The position holder must recognize this and adopt a flexible approach to work, as positions will be revised according to organizational needs and individual skills and abilities.
Degree from a NAAB-accredited Architecture program on a path to licensure with enrollment in NCARB Intern Development Program
Working knowledge of Revit and strong knowledge of SketchUp. Familiarity with the Adobe Suite and additional Autodesk products a plus.
Strong design sense and competency with various digital and analog digital media, particularly aptitude with hand-drawing and sketching.
Excellent time management, prioritization, and organizational skills, with the ability to complete projects on time, with precision and attention to detail.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and as part of an effective team, assisting and supporting team members.
Desire to learn, accept direction, and be mentored by Project Managers, Senior Project Managers, and firm staff.
Strong verbal, written and graphic communication skills
Ability to build good relationships, both internally and externally, with integrity, respect, humor, and a sense of responsibility.
Characteristics of a successful candidate:
Incessantly curious, open to new ideas and perspectives
Creatively innovative, always working towards unexpected solutions
Generously humble, giving and receiving honest and constructive feedback
Collaboratively driven, taking initiative and responsibility as a member of a team
Fun and hardworking, in the right balance
Passionate for design excellence
Filling this role will not be determined by experience and skills alone. We are looking for the right fit with our team and alignment with company culture.
To apply, send a resume, cover letter and samples of your work in a PDF (no larger than 5 MB; 8 ½ x 11) to email@example.com
Founded in 2004, Blue Ridge Architects serves clients all across the country from our Harrisonburg VA and Charlotte, NC offices. We provide comprehensive services in commercial, worship, educational, and residential design, strategic and master planning, project management, historic preservation, adaptive reuse and integrated project delivery. We work side by side with clients as storytellers, cr...eating meaningful and functional spaces that communicate their culture, values and identity. We have a strong reputation for putting clients first, exceeding expectations, doing things right, and working as partners with our contractors and consultants. Success, for us, is the alignment of our client’s goals, our organizational goals and our staff’s personal goals.