Studio GWA

Project Architect -- Historic Preservation and Adaptive Re-use

$68,000 - $75,000

About the Job

$68,000 - $75,000
Summary + Overview Under the supervision of the firm’s Partners, the Project Architect will play a key role in project management and drawing production - from concept meetings with clients all the way through construction.  Within this position, a typical day at work might involve developing design ideas, product specification, coordination with consultants, contractors, and clients, as well as internal project management.  Site visits and building walk-throughs are a regular part of the job and occur as necessary.  We work in a collaborative environment and often bounce ideas off each other, jointly design, and problem-solve together. This position is primarily based at Studio GWA’s main office in Rockford, Illinois, with flexibility for working in our Monroe, Wisconsin office or a few days from a virtual office.   Position Responsibilities
  • Leads project teams in design development;
  • Assists with project controls, cost estimates, quantity takeoffs and manpower requirements for proposals, forecasts and change orders;
  • Develops drawings, specifications, calculations, charts and graphs as needed;
  • Reviews and approves technical design phases of projects;
  • Ensures project quality of service and profitability on assigned projects;
  • Interacts and negotiates with client and other project representatives;
  • Participates in professional development opportunities; 
  • Participates and interacts with community groups and organizations; 
  • Attends client meetings, both in-house and on-site;
  • Consults with manufacturers to evaluate materials.
  Work Environment + Physical Demands This is a typical professional office environment that involves working with standard office equipment (e.g. computers, phones, photocopiers) and remaining sedentary for longer periods of time.  Occasional field work and site will occur, and may include exposure to inclement weather.   Compensation + Benefits Salary range of $68,000 - $75,000 DOE.  Studio GWA offers a competitive benefits package including: 
  • Medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, and life insurance;  
  • Two weeks of PTO annually; 
  • Two weeks of paid vacation for the first three years, and three weeks of vacation thereafter; 
  • A 401k retirement program;
  • End of year bonus based upon firm profitability
Our standard work schedule is 7:30-5:30, M-Th with a half-day 7:30-11:30 on Fridays, year-round.  We understand that life has many demands and are open to discussing schedule flexibility.   How to Apply Email a cover letter your resume, and three samples of relevant work experience to with “Studio GWA Project Architect” in the subject line.  The position will remain open until filled.  No phone calls, please. Studio GWA is an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

Applicant Requirements

Position Requirements This position requires a combination of education, experience, skills, and abilities, including but not limited to:
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Architecture
  • Licensed Architect preferred
  • 3-5 years experience in a similar role
  • Proficiency in Revit 
  • Knowledge of local and International Building Codes 
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to manage project workflow
  • Able to collaborate with large multi-disciplinary teams  
  Preferred Skills + Certifications
  • Pursuit of licensure if not already licensed
  • NCARB certification 
  • Proficiency in design software including SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite  
  • Working experience with rendering software such as Enscape or Lumion a plus 
  • Knowledge of the Historic Tax Credit program as it applies to preservation and reuse projects

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About the Company

Hello!  We’re Studio GWA, a thirteen-person team of architects, designers, and planners dedicated to improving the quality of life through design.  We are known for our expertise in historical preservation and adaptive re-use, and bring that same skill and enthusiasm to all types of across commercial, retail, mixed-use, and multi-family residential spaces.  Studio GWA was established in 1982 by our founder, Gary W. Anderson. Over the years, we have become home to other like-minded urban planning, architecture, interior design, and development professionals.  We are a small office that works in a studio-style environment: open, collaborative, and creative.  Our main office is pretty hard to beat: We’re located above the Prairie Street Brewhouse, an historic mixed-use hub steps from downtown Rockford, Illinois, with an office deck overlooking the Rock River.  Our secondary office is in downtown Monroe, Wisconsin with beautiful views of the historic City Square. Studio GWA is committed to building an inclusive, welcoming team.  We are a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and are proud of the fact that more than half of our staff are women. Learn more about us at 
Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)

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