Richärd Kennedy Architects believes that architecture impacts communities where we live and across the world. We take on difficult challenges because design matters, and we consistently push boundaries for personal satisfaction and client joy.
Our designs are notable because they reflect client aspirations and embody timeless principles that unite occupants, visitors and communities. Richärd Kennedy Architects designs enduring buildings that clients love and special experiences where people thrive.
What will working with us look like?
While every position is different, every team member prides themselves on taking action. Every day, each of us:
Explores: We research ideas, investigate meaningful options, and value divergent viewpoints that challenge conventional thinking. The tiniest detail must fit into the project’s big idea.
Perseveres: We are obsessed to develop purposeful solutions that ensure extraordinary results regardless of the project’s scale.
Delivers: Excellence demands persistence, fueled by curiosity, boosted by collaboration, and delivered through a process of continuous improvement.
Sound interesting? Here’s more about the position we’re looking for:
Duties and Responsibilities:
Diverse knowledge of architecture principles and practices, uses advanced techniques, and has responsibility for finished plans, specifications, and material approval
Solves problems when encountered, received guidance on unusual or complex projects and supervisory approval on proposed project plans
Be the primary point of contact for the Contractor and Owner’s site representatives and other agents employed by the Owner (Construction Manager, etc.) involved in submittal reviews, document interpretations (RFI’s/questions), and construction observations to verify that the requirements of the construction contract are being maintained and design intent is fulfilled.
Review, know and understand the contents of the Architect/Owner agreement and all deliverables within, as well as the Owner-Contractor agreements along with knowledge and understanding of the master specifications.
Review pre-design information available to gain a thorough understanding of the project’s scope, existing conditions, and design influences.
Participate in coordination conference calls and occasional design meetings to gain insight into RKA design process, workflows with consultants, specific approach(es) for projects, and to provide input from a construction perspective.
Review and evaluate all Delegated Design Item submittals in accordance with the performance specifications, as well as review and provide evaluations or comments to Requests for Information (RFI) and construction contractor technical submittals.
Be diligent in enforcing the design intent implicit in the Architect’s prepared Contract Documents (Drawings and Specifications), as well as have a strong working knowledge of the engineering design intent through documents prepared by consulting disciplines.
Effectively represent the interests of the Owner, the Architectural Firm, and the supporting Engineering Consultants during the construction phase.
Participate in Owner/Architect/Contractor (OAC) progress meetings, review and evaluate planreview coordination/building information management models (BIM) and drawings. Prepare meeting minutes when contractually required.
Attend in Continental U.S. (CONUS) and out of Continental U.S. (OCONUS) site visits to review samples, mock-ups, and construction issues, as well as factory and performance tests.
Provide studies, evaluations, and investigations during the construction phase as may be required to address unforeseen or concealed site conditions.
Provide periodic (semiannually or quarterly) on-site specific technical presence to support the project during the performance of construction phase support services.
Provide sketches are narratives to clarify contract documents and the project BIM models for purposes of coordination and review of contractor submittals.
Provide sketches and narratives to clarify contract documents in response to RFI’s.
Support Project Manager and Project Architect(s).
Skills and Qualifications
Professional Degree in Architecture or related field.
10+ years of experience in the A/E/C industry.
Must be able to travel to construction/project sites as required - includes International.
Must be eligible to obtain Federal Security Clearance.
Exceptional knowledge of construction contract administration policies, procedures, and concepts.
Exceptional knowledge of project design, construction documentation, construction materials, building trades, means and methods.
Exceptional knowledge of building codes, specifications, building systems and engineering systems.
Familiarity with current version of LEED with respect to construction related requirements, submittals, and credit documentation. LEED credentials are a plus.
Ability to produce and maintain relationships among subcontractors, suppliers, and manufacturers.
Strong working knowledge of BIM systems and other software employed in documentation.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Strong problem-solving skills with attention to detail.
Richärd Kennedy Architects (RKA - formerly richärd+bauer architecture, llc) is a studio-based, architectural firm predicated on the idea that sustainable design permeates every level of the work, from site to landscape, building envelope, building systems, interior spaces, and furnishings. Since the firm’s origin in 1996, the programming, planning, and design of public buildings have been an essential part of our work. Our portfolio features projects for international embassy and cultural buildings, exhibition spaces, higher education, classroom buildings, academic research laboratories, public and private institutions, including work for civic, and commercial clients. Our success in the pursuit of design excellence is evidenced by national acclaim in the form of awards and publications of our projects. The firm has received numerous local, regional, national, and international design awards including the American Institute of Architects “National Honor Award” for Architecture. The firm was recognized as an “Emerging Voice” by the Architectural League of New York, and one of the “New Vanguard” by Architectural Record.
We are committed to providing world-class sustainable archite...cture that stands the test of time. We do not have a pattern book for architectural solutions. Each project is a careful and deliberate study of the needs of the project, reflecting our client’s Identity, Institutional Awareness, and Mission. The stated objective of many of our clients is the development of a facility representative of them; as well as their goals, function, use, and philosophy. From this understanding, we develop architectural solutions capturing the spirit and aspirations of the people and organizations in powerful and meaningful ways.
Sustainability is essential to our design process. Our team works closely with our clients to establish the environmental goals for each project. We strive to create holistic designs protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and promoting indoor environmental quality. Each design grows in response to its functional needs and the site, with an acute awareness of the environment.
Our design philosophy integrates each element of the project into a cohesive whole. The clarity of concept is the fundamental goal, the use of form, light, materials are the tools. It is our aspiration to develop a body of work that reinforces this fundamental precept and (with our clients) create inspiring spaces, and build great buildings.