The Senior Design Architect serves as the leader of the project team and is responsible for all front-end design administration as well as representing the company to the client. The Senior Design Architect is an experienced, registered design professional having a strong background in generating and translating concepts into final solutions, in directing a project design team, and in materials and methods of construction.

General Skills:

  • 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 working with a design-build project delivery system
  • 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

Primary Responsibilities:

  • 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 Project Architect as needed from CD’s through construction to ensure expected deliverables are met
  • Maintain quality control of the design 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


  • 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

Education and/or Experience Prerequisites:

  • Architectural License required
  • NCARB certification preferred
  • Multiple State Architectural Licenses 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 preferred
  • LEED AP credential preferred
  • WELL AP credential preferred

This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. The responsibilities, tasks and duties may differ from those outlined in the job description and other duties, as assigned, may be required. This document does not create an employment contract. Employees are employed on an “at will” basis and may be terminated at any time for any reason or no reason at all.