Richärd Kennedy Architects believe that architecture impacts communities where we live and across the world. We take on difficult challenges because design matters, and we constantly push boundaries for personal satisfaction and client joy.
Our designs are notable because they reflect client aspirations and embody timeless principles that unite occupants, visitors and communities. Richärd Kennedy Architects designs enduring buildings that clients love and spatial experiences where people thrive.
What will working with us look like?
While every position is different, every team member prides themselves on taking action. Every day, each of us:
We research ideas, investigate meaningful options, and value divergent viewpoints that challenge conventional thinking. The tiniest detail must fit into the project's big idea.
We are obsessed to develop purposeful solutions that ensure extraordinary results regardless of the project's scale.
Excellence demands persistence, fueled by curiosity, boosted by collaboration, and delivered through a process of continuous improvement.
Sound interesting? Here’s more about the position we’re looking for:
Conceptualize a building design from both a functional and aesthetic perspective in concert with a client’s requirements, budget and program.
Development of a design through sketches, physical models, electronic models, diagrams, massing studies, and other visual formats in order to express the design intent and communicate to project team, client, and building user groups.
Utilize BIM technologies in development of three dimensional models of buildings and their components.
Presenting the building design to stakeholders (client groups and project teams) during early project phases.
Develop space planning, block planning, and adjacency diagrams in coordination with building program.
Interpret and apply building codes and requirements of regulatory agencies in development of the building design.
Evaluate and select building systems and materials.
Coordinate building systems (structural, mechanical, electrical, etc.) to ensure compatibility with the design intent.
Implement sustainable design principles into the building design and surrounding environment.
Analyze site incorporating geotechnical, hydrological, environmental, social and economic conditions.
Develop building design in accordance with cost parameters.
Participate in development of the program and other pre-design efforts.
Ensure that design intent is maintained through documentation and construction.
Present the building design to stakeholders (client groups and project teams).
Participate in employee performance reviews and interviews of potential employees
Skills and Qualifications:
Seven or more years of experience
Professionally accredited degree in Architecture or equivalent in support of architectural license is required
Architectural license is required
LEED AP Accreditation
Architectural experience in educational facilities is strongly preferred
Ability to hand sketch and communicate concepts and ideas to clients effectively
Ability to apply accessibility codes, applicable building codes, and life-safety codes to the design of a wide variety of project scopes and complexity
General knowledge of building construction systems, constructability, materials, and industry associated standards
Experience with modeling/drafting software (Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD)
Demonstrated expertise in 3-D rendering capabilities
Strong experience with design software (Sketch-up, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) required
Ability to lead one or more teams through the development of design concept.
Ability to check work of others for accuracy and completeness and manage team to meet project budget and schedule
Ability to interpret sketches, drawings, codes, building program and other similar material
Ability to present abstract ideas to the client and client representatives
Ability to engage in creative and critical thought
Richärd Kennedy Architects (RKA - formerly richärd+bauer architecture, llc) is a studio-based, architectural firm predicated on the idea that sustainable design permeates every level of the work, from site to landscape, building envelope, building systems, interior spaces, and furnishings. Since the firm’s origin in 1996, the programming, planning, and design of public buildings have been an essential part of our work. Our portfolio features projects for international embassy and cultural buildings, exhibition spaces, higher education, classroom buildings, academic research laboratories, public and private institutions, including work for civic, and commercial clients. Our success in the pursuit of design excellence is evidenced by national acclaim in the form of awards and publications of our projects. The firm has received numerous local, regional, national, and international design awards including the American Institute of Architects “National Honor Award” for Architecture. The firm was recognized as an “Emerging Voice” by the Architectural League of New York, and one of the “New Vanguard” by Architectural Record.
We are committed to providing world-class sustainable archite...cture that stands the test of time. We do not have a pattern book for architectural solutions. Each project is a careful and deliberate study of the needs of the project, reflecting our client’s Identity, Institutional Awareness, and Mission. The stated objective of many of our clients is the development of a facility representative of them; as well as their goals, function, use, and philosophy. From this understanding, we develop architectural solutions capturing the spirit and aspirations of the people and organizations in powerful and meaningful ways.
Sustainability is essential to our design process. Our team works closely with our clients to establish the environmental goals for each project. We strive to create holistic designs protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and promoting indoor environmental quality. Each design grows in response to its functional needs and the site, with an acute awareness of the environment.
Our design philosophy integrates each element of the project into a cohesive whole. The clarity of concept is the fundamental goal, the use of form, light, materials are the tools. It is our aspiration to develop a body of work that reinforces this fundamental precept and (with our clients) create inspiring spaces, and build great buildings.