Reference Number: 21002831
The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 63 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.
The University Architect, in in the Planning, Design and Real Estate, (PDRE) responsibility center. The position is responsible for the creation and update to building standards in cooperation with Facilities Management (including both project managers and facilities maintenance) and the University Interior Designer. Drawing reviews of both capital and preservation projects ae required along with Oversite of Design Reviews through the Design Review Committee. Guidance in the selection of architecture and engineering firms for major capital and projects of architectural significance with the project manager and client representative is essential. While the university architect will have the final say it is important to have input from others and to have the ability to articulate a strong rationale for the final selection. Working in collaboration with those in PDRE and alongside of FM, Administration, and Operations personnel, the University Architect provides input on plans and long-range capital plans to ensure responsible stewardship of campus assets and appropriate siting of buildings and open spaces. Projects shall be identified, estimated for probable cost, and prioritized in order to most appropriately allocate University resources, taking into consideration factors such as current condition, reliability, age, flexibility, priority, and adherence to major guiding campus documents such as the campus master plan and the strategic plan. The University Architect is expected to conduct all responsibilities with the highest degree of professionalism. The incumbent must demonstrate strong skills in the technical side of the profession along with the ability to effectively direct teams to achieve project goals and objectives. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills are required in order to effectively communicate with Facilities Management personnel and all levels within the University and external communities. Supervisory duties include the University Interior Designer and the Architectural Graphic Designer.
Master’s Degree in Architecture from an accredited School. 10+ years’ experience in architectural project design and review for large, institutional projects. Professional registration in Pennsylvania required (or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire). Experience in large scale project review and understanding in an institutional setting preferred. LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) Certification preferred.
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