Senior Design Architect / Future Design Director – Itasca, IL, US | Works

Williams Architects Aquaticsa nationally renowned architecture and planning firm specializing in community public facilities, is looking for a full-time employee Senior Design Architect to support our growing national practice. Working within an integrated and cohesive project team with a team of 2-5 design professionals, this position is ideal for mid-career design-focused Chartered Architects with exceptional design talent who are looking for more opportunities to have a positive impact on design. and planning for our community-oriented built environment. This position is based in our Itasca, IL office with the possibility of a partial remote work arrangement (2 days per week), and has the potential to become a Corporate Design Manager position in the next 4 to 5 years.

Like a Senior Design Architectyou will be:

  • Collaboratively participate in the project design and concept development process internally and with clients within the parameters established by company management, with the potential to move into a design leadership role within the company.
  • Prepare design deliverables for a wide variety of public sector projects using Revit, SketchUp, Lumion and Photoshop in accordance with firm standards.
  • Participate in business development activities including interview pitches and concept development for potential projects.
  • Identify and select materials suitable for purpose and budget, obtain samples and develop complete material palettes for company projects.

Training and experience required:

  • NCARB Accredited Degree in Architecture.
  • 8+ years of progressive design experience within an architectural firm with non-residential projects, preferably with community-centric installations, developing and refining original and distinctive design concepts consistent with program requirements and the client’s budget.
  • Illinois state license (or ability to obtain through reciprocity or NCARB certification) preferred.
  • Mastery of Revit, Photoshop. Lumion and SketchUp required.
  • Strong understanding of construction materials, methods, codes and techniques to ensure constructability, code compliance and budget compliance of developed concepts.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Willingness to work within a collaborative team, facilitating and incorporating ideas and concepts from other team members and project stakeholders into designs that reflect our clients’ goals, values ​​and interests.
  • Orientation towards and desire for success of the team and the client in relation to individual accomplishment.
  • Strong organizational, multitasking and time management skills.
  • Ability to self-manage tasks from start to finish with minimal supervision.

We offer an industry-leading benefits package, including competitive compensation, the ability to work remotely 2 days a week, medical, dental, vision and life insurance, paid vacation and sick leave. illness, and eligibility for the company’s profit-sharing plan. Travel/transportation assistance for applicants located within the City of Chicago will be considered part of the compensation package. Substantial signing bonuses will be awarded to candidates with directly transferable experience in the company’s project types.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit a resume and work samples illustrating verifiable work experience.

We will not be sponsoring a new work permit applicant at this time. Williams Architects Aquatics is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or orientation sexual. Prior to a final job offer, the selected candidate will be required to undergo a background check which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other verification, driving record check , a criminal background check and a consumer report survey. These screenings will be conducted in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.



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Abdul J. Gaspar