Lab Planner/Lab Architect
San Diego, CA 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description

SmithGroup is an award-winning, multinational integrated design firm with a team of 1,300 experts across 19 offices in the U.S. and China. We employ research, data, advanced technologies and design thinking to help clients solve their greatest challenges. Our specialistsdevelop beautiful, sustainable, future-focused solutions for healthcare providers, science and technology organizations, higher education and cultural institutions, urban environments, diverse workplaces, mixed-use and waterfront developments, and parks and open spaces. We are deeply committed to our promise to Design a Better Future - for our clients, communities and employees. Are you ready to help us get there?

The Los Angelesoffice of SmithGroupis looking for aLab Planner/Lab Architectto join our team.

Working with us, you will:

  • Meet with clients/users to develop or validate program requirements for laboratories and advanced technology facilities to support a wide variety of research areas.
  • Develop space programs, space lists, diagrams, guide-plates (room design criteria sheets), and physical plans working at a variety of scales.
  • Collaborate with the project team in planning the facility by developing planning grids, laboratory organization and service distribution concepts.
  • Lead the documentation of laboratory systems such as casework, laboratory equipment, and develop research, support, and collaboration spaces to create next generation settings for innovation and discovery.
  • Manage projects including negotiating project scope and fees, job production and quality, and fee management (associated with the laboratory planning scope of work).
  • Participate as needed in marketing efforts through proposal development, interview participation and presentations.
  • Develop trusting relationships with clients.
  • Mentor, provide oversight, and monitor the work performed by junior staff.
  • Establish and execute project work plan and staffing requirements.
  • Lead day-to-day construction administration activities including coordination with the contractor, owner, and consultants to maintain project progress.
  • Prepare, coordinate, and complete construction documents packages.

An ideal candidate has:

  • A bachelor's degree in Architecture or equivalent.
  • Minimum 5 to 10 years of experience in programming, planning of laboratory and high-technology facilities, or delivering projects (design and construction) as an Architect.
  • LEED AP and Architectural Registration preferred.
  • Experience with academic and private / corporate research institutions required.
  • Project Architect experience in a range of project types, complexity, and scale, and is comfortable managing clients, project teams and project processes.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite and data-based systems; working knowledge of Revit highly desired, along with SketchUp, Rhino and Grasshopper.
  • The ability to travel locally and regionally (Southern California).
  • Working knowledge of engineering systems; can successfully engage with professionals in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with clients and build client relationships and trust.
  • Strong mentoring, written and verbal communication and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of code implementation and jurisdiction review.
  • Demonstrated understanding of construction practices and methodologies.

SmithGroup offers competitive compensation and an excellent benefit package, including 401(k) and continuing educational reimbursement. We offer 3 weeks of paid time off within the first year of employment, with the option of purchasing additional time off, and pay for 8 federal holidays. We also promote a healthy work/life balance for our staff which includesan alternative work schedule that provides employees with an additional 15 days off per year (usually Fridays), as well as hybrid work options that give our team the flexibility to work within our vibrant office culture or remotely, as needed.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

SmithGroup is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or arrest/conviction records.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5 to 10 years
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