NewGround, a world-class design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis and with offices across North America, is looking for an experienced Senior Project Architect with talented design capabilities (commensurate with experience as outlined later), based in our Waterloo, ON studio, to serve as the project architect for various projects within the company and be responsible for all front-end design administration as well as representing the company to the client.

This role will provide project delivery from conceptual design to final project handover & occupancy. This person should demonstrate proven success in the design of next generation, experience-focused corporate workplaces with a strong background in generating and translating concepts into final solutions, in directing a project design team, and in materials and methods of construction. The successful candidate will have a passion for design, leadership, mentorship and for building client relationships.


  • Work independently and provide guidance and supervision of team members
  • Strong communication skills to work with clients, field personnel and internal departments in achieving deadlines and quality work
  • Maintain continual client contact thru the Design Development phase and support Director of Design as needed throughout the project phases to ensure expected deliverables are met
  • Maintain quality control of the design and production function
  • Carry out the overall architectural design of the project, utilizing the assigned project design team
  • Support all disciplines into the building project
  • Meet the design schedule and design construction budget
  • Attend all design meetings
  • Perform all other related work, as assigned or as apparent

    Schematic Design and Design Development Phase:

    • Participate in ideation sessions, in the development or design brief
    • Prepare a written program with client in collaboration with the client management team and the NewGround strategy team
    • Develop total architectural solution (budget, deliverables, and schedule)
    • Develop conceptual site plan through consultation with civil engineers
    • Assist in coordination of due diligence services
    • Develop submittal packages for local planning commission approvals
    • Research and select basic materials, and develop basic exterior wall sections and critical details
    • Consult with engineers in selection of structural, mechanical, and electrical systems
    • Research and interpret all applicable codes and regulations
    • Prepare Outline Specification
    • Supervise preparation of all necessary materials and exhibits for all design presentations

      Construction Documents Phase:

      • Provide comprehensive Design Development Package to the Director of Production and present the project to the production team at the Construction Document kick-off meeting, initiating the beginning of the Construction Document Phase
      • Provide design input and support production department as needed during development of working drawings
      • Ensure that office architectural design policies, procedures, and standards are followed
      • Regularly review status of working drawings to be sure design intent and client expectations have been met
      • Attend all meetings as necessary
      • Perform final design intent review of all working drawings

      Bidding Phase:

      • Be available for questions
      • Assist in advising on architectural portions of ASI’s, as needed to accomplish design intent, with production team

      Construction Phase:

      • Address design intent questions from the production team, related to shop drawings
      • Make periodic site visits to observe the progress and character of the project
      • Address design intent questions from the production team as needed for development of ASI’s and RFI’s
      • Coordinate and respond to RFI’s


      • Proficient with Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams)
      • Proficient in current version of AutoCAD, Sketch Up, Photoshop, Illustrator
      • Working knowledge of Revit and 3D Modeling software preferred
      • Substantial experience in project management including delivering and clearly communicating conceptual design solutions to the production team for preparation of construction documents
      • Sufficient knowledge of engineering disciplines to evaluate consultant work
      • Knowledge of building materials, specification, and construction techniques
      • Excellent visual and oral presentation skills
      • Experience with the development of project cost estimates and general knowledge of value engineering techniques
      • Ability to organize and prioritize personal workload and make necessary adjustments in meeting strict deadlines


      • Travel can be extensive at times
      • Ability to coordinate multiple projects
      • Self-starter, team player/coach
      • Maintain strong relationship with client throughout the duration of the project
      • Mentor junior staff


      • Architectural License required
      • NCARB certification preferred
      • 10 years of professional experience in commercial architecture required
      • Experience in design of corporate headquarters / office buildings preferred
      • Experience in retail design preferred
      • Revit experience is required
      • LEED AP credential preferred
      • WELL AP credential preferred


      The base salary for this role, contingent upon experience, is $110,000 to $130,000 CAN

      The NewGround Way:

        At NewGround, we believe in making work fun and rewarding for our employees. Our long-standing workforce, with almost a third boasting tenures over a decade, is a testament to our commitment.

        We set the stage for success from day one. Tailored learning programs and regular interaction with seasoned team members ensure a seamless onboarding experience, equipping our new hires with the tools they need to thrive.

        Recognizing achievements is part of our culture. Annual celebrations and service awards help us acknowledge the invaluable contributions of our team members while strengthening our bonds.

        We're keen on career progression. By understanding each employee's goals, we provide ample opportunities for growth and advancement.

        Balancing work and life is not just a saying at NewGround, it's a practice. Our hybrid work environment caters to our team's diverse needs, promoting a healthy work-life equilibrium.

        Community engagement is at our core. From hosting blood drives and building homes to conducting fundraising competitions and supporting the United Way campaign, our offices find meaningful ways to make a difference.

        NewGround is an Equal Opportunity Employer