University Architect

New Orleans, LA

Posted: 7/25/19
Deadline: 8/21/19

About This Organization

Tulane University

Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, Tulane University is one of the nation’s leading educational and research institutions offering degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine, and public health and tropical medicine. Enrolling over 13,500 students, both graduates and undergraduates, Tulane students represent all 50 states and more than 40 foreign countries. Tulane’s main uptown campus of 110 acres includes over 90 buildings and houses the majority of its schools and colleges. The Tulane University Health Sciences Center in downtown New Orleans includes the School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the Tulane Medical Center, the School of Social Work, and Technology Services, while the Tulane National Primate Research Center is located in Covington, Louisiana. With 4,400 full-time employees, Tulane is one of the largest employers in New Orleans and is dedicated to attracting and retaining the very best faculty, staff, and students.

Job Duties

Reporting to the vice president for facilities, campus development, and services and working in close collaboration with the senior vice president/chief operating officer, the university architect (UA) develops, plans, and implements environmental, facility, and program planning activities; oversees all architectural and urban design for all campuses of the university; and directs all long-range campus planning. The UA has a leadership role in matters of campus aesthetics and the preservation of the Tulane University’s architectural heritage. The position works with the senior leadership of the University to lead the decision-making process for projects and tasks that affect the overall planning and image of the University. In addition, the UA directs land use, zoning, and regional development initiatives; coordinates preliminary architectural studies for new structures and alterations to existing structures and site development; and advises the University leadership on their planning and design projects affecting the Tulane community. With oversight of the University Planning Office, the UA supervises all projects that come through that office.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from an accredited institution with a minimum of ten years’ directly related experience in architecture or environmental design. Louisiana Architectural registration or NCARB Certification required at the time of application with Louisiana Architectural registration required within six months of hire date. Further, the UA will hold a current LEED accreditation (such as LEED Green Associate). Candidates will have excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize projects and work independently in meeting assigned goals; exceptional oral and written communication skills; the ability to interact professionally and courteously with internal and external contacts at all levels; and the ability to work collegially with a wide variety of constituencies possessing various levels of planning and design knowledge. Self-motivated with solid management skills; ability to gather and thoroughly analyze information to make well-founded recommendations to the University’s senior administration; capable of taking the initiative to resolve problems; and a strong focus on customer service are all qualities of the next UA. The successful candidate will possess the ability to utilize design software programs including, but not limited to, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office Suite, and to learn new software programs.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in architecture, environmental studies, or a related field and experience working in a university or institutional setting and/or in an academic environment with students.

Other Info

Review of applications will begin August 21, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/persons with disabilities/veterans employer committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities or veterans. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

Required Application Materials

A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at