Preservation Architect/Studio Director & Project Architect
Komatsu Architecture, founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1959, is an architecture, interior design and planning firm with a balanced portfolio providing historic preservation and new building design with solutions that respect our environment, cultural heritage and community context. Our firm’s work ranges throughout the U.S. and abroad; the firm’s preservation work is primarily focused in Texas and surrounding states. Our new construction programs have been in twenty-six states. We are seeking a Project Architect/Manager for our preservation studio, and a Project Architect for our institutional buildings studios. Our firm is established and invested in the communities we work with, enjoying long-standing client relationships and repeat work. We are looking for professionals who can be challenged and are eager to be part of this exciting team.
Preservation Architect/Studio Director
This is an opportunity for a full time leadership/production position with a talented team. Komatsu Architecture is a mid-sized firm, with opportunities to experience working on projects from Programming through Construction Administration. Responsibilities include managing all aspects of projects, working directly with clients, while reporting directly to the principal-in-charge. As a dual role of Project Manager / Studio Director, you will oversee project architects and support staff. Our firm size requires that this also be a direct project participation position, including technical and production skills (more than solely a project administrating manager).
This position requires team commitment and leadership, and direct participation in document production, construction administration, and CA services (Komatsu project team participants follow projects from Programming through Construction Completion). We are not compartmented into separate project delivery functions. Coordination with in-house Interiors Group is essential, providing support in programming, interior architecture and comprehensive interior design services. Client and consultant direct coordination responsibilities requires people skills and communication. LEED accredited profession and/or PMP certification are desired.
Requirements for either position:
- Licensed Architect with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. A Master’s Degree in Architecture (focus on Historic Preservation) is a plus
- Technical skills in Revit and AutoCAD
- 15+ years of experience preferred
- Previous experience in architectural project management of complex new design programs and rehabilitation or historic projects including development of all phases of planning (including master plans and grant applications), programming, design, construction documents, bidding, and contract administration, including clear communication skills with clients, consultants, and contractors
- Experience with the public review process, regulatory agencies, and as applicable, historic preservation reviewing entities (SHPOs); local commissions and boards
- Knowledge of building and life safety codes
- Must be able to review and edit technical specifications
- Must be able to prepare a variety of studies and reports, including, but not limited to: existing conditions assessments; feasibility studies; code analysis; historic structure reports; coordinate with in-house facility programming specialists
- Detail oriented and have a technical understanding of the construction experience (demonstrated knowledge of the technical aspects of new design and building technologies, historic-age building techniques is important); mid-century design knowledge and technologies is a plus
- Strong leadership, communications and organizational/people skills
- Self-starter; Ability to multi-task, create and maintain project work plans, schedules, and budgets
- Collaborative personality to excel in team situations is essential
- Proven ability to manage clients and meet their expectations
- Proficiency and project experience utilizing support software Microsoft Office suite, AutoCAD, and Revit (we use Newforma Project and Information Management software
- Competent research, writing, and/or editing skills
- Project experience with Secretary of Interiors Standards for Historic Rehabilitation
- Experience in collaborating with material conservation consultants in the treatment of interior and exterior building components
- Travel required, primarily within Texas for Preservation Services; US and International travel if general facility project experience
- US citizen or permanent US resident, must possess a valid US driver’s license and be able to obtain a security clearance to work on/at US government sites – General Services Administration GSA (US Courthouses, tenant facilities such as US Marshal’s Office; Department of Justice); US Department of the Interior; Department of Homeland Security; US Department of Defense DOD Installations; US Postal Service historic properties; and others if needed
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