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Architect - Senior - Sciences

Company: Gensler
Location: Oakland
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Your Role

Gensler Bay Area is seeking a Senior Architect - Sciences to join our team of design thinkers and doers who specialize in helping to tell stories and create experiences in the context of science and technical spaces. Do you understand science "from the users perspective" and believe that the planning and design of labs can make a difference to the health and wellness of our communities? If you enjoy utilizing your technical lab planning, design, and delivery expertise to solve complex problems, and create effective and well-designed environments, then this role is for you.

You will join a highly creative, collaborative team dedicated to innovative problem solving and design excellence in lab design. We embrace experimentation. We curate experience. We're designers and strategists who craft unique, sustainably-focused environments that keep people coming back for more. As artists, inventors, builders and business savvy entrepreneurs, we have an endless curiosity and mindful approach to design. Our clients and inter-office studios seek our expertise for collaborative efforts that require smart, lifestyle-driven solutions.

What You Will Do

  • Engage with the regional and firmwide Sciences Practice Area in thought leadership, development of excellence in design and documentation, for science environments.
  • Provide design and documentation of laboratory facilities for a range of projects.
  • Develop architectural drawings and specifications to communicate planning concepts for project documentation and construction. Apply proper QA/QC methods throughout project.
  • Lead periodic project programming, planning, and design meetings and presentations; ensure client is adequately briefed on project progress.
  • Set up project team software parameters and manage standards.
  • Participate in user group meetings (heads of departments, specialists, etc.) to collect program needs for laboratory specifications in technical facilities.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of clients' program requirements and standards and policies for completion.
  • Assist in the design development, modification and/or review of laboratory planning concepts and solutions, prioritizing sustainably-responsible design.
  • Assist in developing project scope, plan, and services during the contract process. Translate planning concepts into comprehensible terms for clients, designers and project team members.
  • Assist in establishing overall project budgets and milestone schedules in coordination with the client, project managers, project engineers, and builders.
  • Communicate planning concepts to project teams, both verbally and through graphic and written reports.
  • Develop architectural drawings and specifications to communicate planning concepts for project documentation and construction.
  • Prepare and modify architectural documents, elevations, sections, details, etc.
  • Anticipate and develop solutions to technical and design problems following established standards.

Your Qualifications

  • California Architecture License required.
  • Bachelor's degree in architecture or equivalent in education or experience required.
  • 10+ years experience in Architecture inclusive of 5+ years' experience focused on programming and planning of all phases of a variety of laboratory types including: basic (biology/chemistry) research, food science, bio-containment (BSL), teaching (science), pharmaceutical manufacturing (cGMP), public health, vivarium, imaging, clinical research, and other related environments.
  • Well-rounded, strategic-thinker with an integrated approach to design, management and technical project resolution who can help shape a vision for the future.
  • Demonstrated commitment to sustainability and sustainable building practices required; Portfolios should include at least 1 project with this particular focus, and candidates should be prepared to talk to this in their interview, especially built projects with LEED, Living Building Challenge, WELL Building Standard , Fitwel and /or Net Zero Building certification.
  • Experience working directly with senior management, scientists, laboratory managers and technicians, facilities and project managers, and other project stakeholders in determining and documenting programmatic requirements.
  • Experience in laboratory programming, including space, operational, and equipment programming, lab design, construction documents, construction administration and project construction cost control for lab facilities.
  • Demonstrable creativity, passion and interest in design and planning of laboratories within technical facilities.
  • Understanding of structural, HVAC, and electrical systems design implications for labs.
  • Knowledge of technical, code, and regulatory requirements for laboratory design.
  • LEED accredited preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to sustainability and sustainable building practices required. Committed to the principles of sustainable design and resilient communities, able to demonstrate this commitment in a portfolio of work.
  • Capable of traveling to and from project sites for attending client, project and construction meetings.
  • Proficiency in Revit required along with other typical business tools and programs.

Life at Gensler

At Gensler, we are as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering best-in-class design. From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions to Wellbeing Week, our offices reflect our people's diverse interests.

We encourage every person at Gensler to lead a healthy and balanced life. Our comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, wellness programs, flex spending, paid holidays, and paid time off. We also offer a 401K, profit sharing, employee stock ownership, and twice annual bonus opportunities.

As part of the firm's commitment to licensure and professional development, Gensler offers reimbursement for certain professional licenses and associated renewals and exam fees. In addition, we reimburse tuition for certain eligible programs or classes. We view our professional development programs as strategic investments in our future.

Gensler is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. All aspects of employment decisions will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the bases of any status protected under federal, state, or local law. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law. We will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability you may contact us here. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our colleagues.

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Keywords: Gensler, Oakland , Architect - Senior - Sciences, Other , Oakland, California

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