Project Architect Role

A Note from the Founder

Dear Candidates,

 

It is a very exciting time at MMD Architecture! Over the past year alone, we have grown our team, enhanced partnerships in the architectural and building communities of Austin, and, most importantly, we have helped our clients realize their dream space by designing innovative, sustainable spaces.

 

MMD Architecture is reaching a new phase of growth and we are looking to add a driven, talented, and hardworking Project Architect to our team to facilitate this growth. This role is not static - in the long-term, I’d like you to become a heavily relied upon member of the MMD Team creating strategies for growth, understanding the complexity of client engagements, and helping to propose paths for MMD Architecture to achieve the next phase of success.

 

If this path aligns with your interests and long-term career goals, we’d love to hear from you. I look forward to reviewing your application!

 

Respectfully,

Meeta Morrison, AIA

Job Description

 

Type: Full-time, exempt position

Salary: $75,000-$100,000

Location: Austin, Texas*

I. About Us

 

MMD Architecture is an award-winning, woman-owned, boutique architecture firm specializing in custom residential and commercial projects, with a focus on sustainability and green building.  

 

Mission

To understand how our clients interact with their environment and design buildings uniquely suited to their needs using sustainable practices that are adaptive, timeless, and bring joy to the occupants.

 

Vision

To produce the next generation of architects and facilitate dialogue with clients and community that fosters the idea that the built environment has the power to solve some of the larger problems facing the world today.

 

II. Position Overview

 

We are seeking a full-time Project Architect to join our growing but tight-knit team. This role will develop and execute architectural and interior designs through all phases of residential and small commercial projects in a collaborative environment. This role will (i) interact frequently with the Principal Architect, clients, and external consultants, (ii) lead project meetings, and (iii) provide training and mentorship to junior staff members.

 

III. Role & Responsibilities

 

Client Relationship Management / Project Management

  • Work closely with the Principal Architect to create schematic designs and plans - responsible for the preparation of drawings.

  • Build strong relationships with our clients to understand their needs to formulate client services delivery approach and/or contribute to proposals.

  • Manage scope, schedule, and budget of client engagements and collaborate with clients to address any needed adjustments (e.g., change orders due to scope modifications).

  • Plan, initiate, and run project meetings with clients; serve as the main point of contact and liaison between clients and the MMD engagement team (“Engagement Team”).  

  • Set deadlines, monitor, and summarize progress of the Engagement Team, and provide updates to clients and the MMD team.

  • Direct and coordinate with engineers and third-party consultants.

  • Prepare projects for permit and submit permit applications and corresponding documents to the city.

  • Write building specs and select FFE.

  • Execute construction administration on site and coordinate any necessary corresponding paperwork for change orders.

 

Team Management / Internal Support

  • Provide junior staff with direction and vision, including motivating and mentoring staff, and providing constructive feedback.

  • Manage team resources and project scoping activities.

  • Oversee the collection and preparation of research conducted by the Engagement Team.

  • Participate in marketing efforts, including developing new clients and participating in presentations.

 

IV. Qualifications

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Professional Degree (B. Arch or M. Arch)

  • Minimum of 5 years architectural experience (accreditation not required)

  • Proficiency in Revit.

  • Proficient rendering and modeling skills.

  • Experience working in AutoCAD, Adobe Suite (including Photoshop, In Design, and Illustrator) and Microsoft Office.

  • Knowledge of residential design and construction, including federal, state, and local zoning and codes.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest in sustainability and green building.

  • Strong verbal and written skills, and the ability to tactfully convey complex matters to clients.

  • Meticulous, resourceful, and intellectually curious, with a desire support in a wide variety of areas.

  • The ability to handle multiple assignments, work well under pressure, and the flexibility to assist the MMD team in meeting client demands on accelerated schedules.

  • A growth mindset and drive to think creatively and proactively with regard to strategy, workflow, risk, and problem-solving.

  • Strong analytical skills, ability to quickly understand complex business problems with high level of ambiguity and provide potential solutions.

  • Ability to apply common sense to solve problems and make decisions on complex and unusual conditions.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish strong working relationships with other team members, clients, consultants, vendors, and contractors.

  • Self-motivated with a positive attitude, and a professional demeanor. 

 

V. What’s in It for You

 

  • A generous employee benefits package – including flexible, tax-free health benefits such as a QSEHRA and Health Savings Account (with contributions made by MMD), 401(k), budgeted IDP and AXP reimbursement, discretionary bonus, and paid time off (including vacation, sick leave, and holidays).

  • Front seat view into running a boutique architecture firm and an opportunity to help shape the company at an early stage of development.

  • An opportunity for professional growth and advancement.

  • A chance to work alongside a small and powerful team in a collaborative culture that is respectful, inclusive, diverse, and inspiring.

  • MMD values work/life balance and the health and well-being of our employees.

VI. To Apply

 

To apply for this role, please click below to submit your cover letter, resume, and work samples/portfolio. Applications submitted without work samples/portfolio are not eligible for further consideration.

*[Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the company may determine that select work activities may temporarily be performed from your home as a means of social distancing.]