Architect - Critical Facilities - Mid level
Portland, OR 
Posted 17 days ago
Job Description

Our Critical Facilities practice area is unique, having the ability to draw expertise from and collaborate with all of Gensler's practice areas to serve clients based on the client's history. For example, building teams of experts in Gensler's Critical Facilities and Health and Wellness Practices to deliver data centers for healthcare providers. Beyond data centers, our critical facilities team delivers projects for high-performance/research/supercomputing, command and control centers, SCIFs, distribution and logistics, high-tech manufacturing, and various other technology-rich project types.

Your Role

As a GenslerArchitect, you will collaborate with our design team to develop innovative design solutions as well as coordinate the design through the construction documentation phase of a project. You will be successful because you already know how to translate an architect's sketches and documents into realized2D/3Dmodels and images, and can research artistic and/or technical issues when they arise. You will leverage your technical acumen and Revit skills to drive client projects from concept through build in a collaborative team. Your role is critical in the design and delivery of world-class Data Centers and other Critical Facilities projects. Your work ethic and dedication to problem solving, combined with our commitment to collaboration and mentoring, makes Gensler the perfect place to further your career.

What You Will Do

  • Collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team to deliver informed project solutions based on market expertise and an understanding of client goals

  • Documentation coordination with consultants (structural, MEP, lighting, AV, acoustical, accessibility, building envelope, life safety, etc.)

  • Coordinate with the project team, client, vendors, contractors, and consultants

  • Resolve complex technical and design issues with team to produce innovative, technical, constructible solutions

  • Direct production of drawings, specifications and construction administration tasks

  • Responsible for delivery of documents with design intent and top-notch technical quality

  • Process submittals/substitution requests during construction and address RFIs

  • Interface with building and permitting officials during the permitting and construction phases of the project

  • Actively participate and contribute to the financial performance of project

  • Review and contribute to proposals and contracts with the Design Manager

  • Establish and maintain ongoing, productive client relationships

Your Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture, or equivalent

  • 5-9 yearsof related project experience

  • Must have Critical Facilities experience or interest; completed data center projects

  • Strong proficiency with Revit experience desired, BIM360, Enscape, AutoCAD also beneficial.

  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) and/or SketchUp

  • Knowledge of materials, construction techniques, and building codes

  • State licensure required

  • Knowledge of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and parametric design software, including Grasshopper, a plus

  • 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 , Fitwell and /or Net Zero Building certification

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 "Well-being 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 celebrates diversity and our commitment to creating an inclusive environment for our colleagues. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer of choice. All aspects of employment decisions will be based on merit, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of any status protected under federal, state, or local law. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, political views or activity, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.

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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5 to 9 years
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