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Architect – Architectural Planner

Chicago, IL

Posted: 6/2/22
Deadline: 6/30/22
Reference Number:

About This Organization

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), a major urban research university with an operating budget of over $3.4 billion, is seeking an experienced professional to serve as the Architect – Architectural Planner in the Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management. UIC serves over 34,000 students comprising what is among the most diverse student bodies in the nation with 16 colleges, the University Library and just under 17,000 faculty and staff. UIC enrolled a record number of students at its campus again this fall, continuing a seven-year upward trend. UIC operates the state’s major public medical center and serves as the principal educator of Illinois’ physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and other health-care professionals. Visit UIC’s website ( for more information.

The Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management (PSPM) is responsible, in collaboration with faculty, staff and students, for guiding the development of UIC’s physical campus and its sustainability initiatives in support of the University’s mission. This includes coordinating development of the campus master plan, initiating space and capital planning projects, overseeing the design and construction of new facilities and major renovation projects, setting forth UIC’s sustainability goals, developing programs to achieve the UIC Climate Commitments, maintaining campus facility records, and managing over 14 million net usable square feet of space in 190 buildings across over 250 acres.

Job Duties


Job Summary:
This position is primarily responsible for developing space layouts, architectural drawings, and providing design and condition reviews for the Planning and Design team within the Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management. This position also develops conceptual project scope drawings for renovations related to space exchanges, learning environments, interior public spaces, and grounds. The Architect – Architectural Planner position assists in creating space and capital planning documents and in developing standards and policies related to space utilization. Interfacing with other campus units, the Architectural Planner also produces campus maps, site massing models, renderings and other visualizations to represent campus planning efforts.

Job Responsibilities (Essential Duties):
• Develop and draw conceptual design studies for renovations related to space exchanges, learning environments, interior public spaces, grounds, and environmental signage. Prepare and deliver high quality visual renderings and presentations of that work.
• Assist in the preparation of graphics, visualizations, and presentations for periodic campus planning efforts
• Assist with the selection and procurement of furniture, artwork, and finishes for ceilings, walls and floors in public spaces, student lounges (Oases) and classrooms.
• Review project design and construction drawings prepared by professional consultants, and scope description and cost estimates prepared by contractors.
• Lead project teams on assigned projects and direct work to ensure that office objectives are met, including site tours and meetings with staff from various colleges and units.
• Collaborate with vendors and consultants to coordinate work to ensure that team objectives are met.
• Coordinate classroom operations with Facilities Management representatives and other units.
• Assist Associate Director for Campus Architecture and Learning Environments in the development of multi-year plans for learning space projects by periodically assessing and recording the condition of furniture and finishes in classrooms and oases.
• Monitor construction progress and perform inspections. Implement post-occupancy evaluations for learning space projects.
• Provide advice to other campus units on campus architecture and learning environments design standards and space utilization guidelines.
• Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications: Job Knowledge & Skills, Education, Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, from a NAAB accredited institution required.
1 – 3 years of experience in architectural design required.
Working knowledge of architectural design principles, space planning principles, and campus planning principles.
Advanced skills in AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and SketchUp.
Proficient with Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Developing detailed floor plans and other architectural renderings using design software to communicate concepts.
Ability to effectively communicate design and space ideas through visual and written formats.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree preferred.
Experience in a higher education institution is preferred.
Experience with Revit/BIM software preferred.

Other Info

For fullest consideration, please send a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for up to three professional references by 6/30/2022 to: (Ref: HireTouch Job ID 165714).

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with a disability.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees. The University of Illinois will conduct background checks and other pre- employment assessments on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with state and federal law.

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University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

Required Application Materials

For fullest consideration, please send a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for up to three professional references by 6/30/2022 to: (Ref: HireTouch Job ID 165714)