Associate Architect


Date Posted



Architecture November 20, 2018 University of Calgary Calgary, AB, Canada

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The Office of the University Architect in the Facilities Development Department is currently seeking a Full-time Associate Architect.

Campus Architecture directs the design, documentation and reviews the demolition/construction of buildings, landscapes and installations on University of Calgary lands as well as in situations where the University is leasing land or a building. Campus Architecture establishes and maintains the Design Standard sections relevant to architectural elements in buildings and exterior environments.

As a member of the Campus Architecture team, this position reports to the Director of Campus Architecture (University Architect) and works closely with the rest of the Campus Architecture team, Campus Engineering, the Project Management Office, and with project sponsors across campus. Other areas of contact will include Facilities Management, Office of Sustainability, Supply Chain Management and the university’s external consulting community. Areas of impact will be campus-wide.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Be responsible for a portfolio of small to large capital projects though all project phases, acting as a resource to the project’s project manager on the PWC.
  • Advise the PWC on matters relating to good design practice, the university design standards, university processes and appropriate application of materials and construction details in the publicly funded university environment.
  • Prepare PTRs at the agreed-upon milestones for a project to register formal feedback, assisting CE in the coordination of Facility Management reviews as well.
  • Assist in interpreting the sponsor and user group needs for the PWC. Be prepared to explain to the sponsor and user groups the characteristics of a successful capital project with its many phases and participants.
  • Review project designs for compliance with the goals of the Long Range Development Plan, Campus Landscape Plan and other university planning documents. Review designs as they progress for obvious Alberta Building and Alberta Fire Code issues, requesting clarification by the external consultants when necessary.
  • Help build consensus within the PWC when a project strays from its scope, budget or schedule to get it back in line with its original goals. Keep the University Architect and University Engineer informed of progress on projects, particularly as compromises are being considered that may affect the university.
  • Assist in the preparation of capital reporting for university committees when required.
  • Be knowledgeable about, assist in the continuous updating of and dissemination of the university’s design standards.
  • Remain familiar with current foundational university documents including the Academic Plan, Strategy Research Plan, the Vision, the Comprehensive Institutional Plan and others.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with stakeholders across all faculties and administrative units to build trust.
  • Be prepared to assist Supply Chain Management during the Request for Proposal process when it is focused on selecting architectural services for the university.
  • Liaise with University Environmental Health and Safety professionals, University Relations, Legal Services and others across campus as needed.
  • Be prepared to give tours of buildings and lands for internal external or internal groups.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A professional degree in architecture. A combination of education and work experience will be considered.
  • A registered member of the Alberta Association of Architects or be able to transfer his/her provincial registration from another Canadian province.
  • A LEED accredited professional with some demonstrated familiarity with LEED Version 4
  • Minimum 10+ years of demonstrated experience in: the renovation and alteration of institutional buildings, laboratory and instructional space facilities, various project delivery models, managing specialty consultants and facility evaluations
  • Demonstrated experience and stated interest in laboratory projects involving complex research activities, casework and complex equipment.
  • Analysis of data and preparation of budgets
  • Strong working knowledge of AutoCAD to receive, revise and share documents following University digital drawing standards
  • Familiarity with the principles of BIM as a tool for managing data and testing conflicts
  • Strong written, oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to influence others towards positive outcomes and ensure progress on initiatives
  • Experience in facilitating presentations is an asset
  • Manage a high volume of complex work within multiple project deadlines requiring a professional level of accountability

Application Deadline: December 3, 2018