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NORR is an employee-owned global architecture and engineering firm that has set the standard for inspired and timeless designs around the world. With offices in Canada, the US, UK and UAE, the firm employs more than 700 professionals in 14 diverse market sectors. Founded in 1938, we offer the stability of a rich history, the power of integrated global teams and the versatility of a proven, multi-sector portfolio. We’re architects, engineers, planners, interior designers and big picture thinkers that apply our integrated thinking to drive exceptional projects for our clients. 

Toronto is home to a multi-disciplinary office, where our integrated approach to design and studio life blend into the buzz of downtown. We’re dedicated to expanding our expertise in markets that include Commercial, Education, Government, Health Services, Hospitality, Justice, Sports & Recreation and Transportation. It’s our belief that an office that never stops learning is one that’s always improving, so we offer programs that foster professional development, from lectures to office-wide tutoring. We regularly adventure out of the office to connect with each other and the local Toronto community

Our team in the Toronto office is seeking an Architectural Designer-Technical to join our team in downtown Toronto. As an Architectural Designer-Technical you will develop and produce efficient and effective technical design solutions according to context, budget, and technical requirements of architectural projects. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the delivery of all projects, including leading project teams through all phases of the project
  • Represents the organization and interacts in a professional manner with clients, sub-consultants and contractor representatives
  • Provide direction and leadership to members of the design team
  • Act as a single point of contact on project issues
  • Review information from reports and published documents; evaluate and analyze the information to understand broad requirements and constraints for the project
  • Evaluate site conditions, including zoning requirements and site constraints; may meet with authorities having jurisdiction to confirm requirements
  • Perform site surveys and field reviews to accurately document existing and new construction conditions and familiarize with standard building techniques
  • Review design requirements to offer recommendations and develop architectural solutions to support construction projects
  • May act as concept designer on smaller projects
  • Develop technical designs to ensure that a solution is delivered that meets quality parameters, project timelines and budgetary requirements
  • Direct design activities such as programming, code research, material and building systems research, laying out program components and calculation of program and building areas; refine and direct the development of design options and building details
  • Perform technical reviews and edits to design documents as required
  • Design building components including integration of engineering design, and ensure compliance to applicable codes and jurisdictional requirements
  • Source all materials to be drawn and specified to ensure feasibility and to meet design intent and comply with industry standards
  • Attend meetings to coordinate drawings and resources
  • Prepare permit applications including response letters and coordinate revisions with engineers and consultants, as required, to obtain necessary documentation and permits 
  • Track and review project reports, samples, services and shop drawings to ensure adherence to project documents, relevant jurisdictional codes and corporate quality controls
  • Perform site visitations to assess compliance with construction contract and relevant building and safety codes; prepare reports to document the progress; identify deviations from the construction contract and liaise with owner and/or contactor to resolve issues in a timely manner
  • Prepare project change documentation as required
  • Coordinate with contractor, sub-consultants or relevant building authorities to address and document issues with constructability or owner concerns

Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of experience in architectural design/production on projects executed in Canada
  • Familiarity with architectural design and presentation; intermediate M&E, structural building systems, technical writing, permit application and building codes
  • Successful completion of related post-secondary education
  • Experience in preparation of design documents on TTC projects
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microstation
  • Experience in project delivery, project management, and client management
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Registration with a relevant professional architectural association is an asset
  • Proficiency in Revit, AECOSim and AutoCAD is an asset 
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