Working at NK

Careers at NK

We’re looking for talented architects and designers who are thinkers and doers, who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo to shape our urban environment with delightful, vibrant, high performance buildings that people love to live in. At NK, we strive to bring innovation, opportunity and desirability together to create communities that will thrive for centuries to come.

Submit your resume and work samples to resumes@nkarch.com

Locations:

Seattle
Pittsburgh

Principal – Pittsburgh Office

We are currently accepting applications for a Principal in Charge of our Pittsburgh office.

Company Overview

Nicholson Kovalchick (NK) Architects is on a mission to fundamentally transform the way that high performing buildings are developed and built. With a creative and disruptive mindset NK Architects is the country’s leading architectural firm devoted to the creation of value-added passive buildings. Headquartered in downtown Seattle (in the historic Pioneer Square district) and with a growing practice based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, NK serves clients across the United States.

NK Architects stands at the leading edge of high performance building design in the US. Our belief is that we create the best buildings for our clients when we combine great architectural design with Passivhaus building engineering. This fusion not only creates beautiful, comfortable, and healthy places, it also helps create a sustainable future for us all: climate action, building by building.

NK is a growing firm with offices in Pittsburgh and Seattle. We are looking for talented, hard-working people who can succeed here and contribute to the success of the firm.

  • Our client’s success is our success.
  • We embrace growth and change.
  • NK supports systematic, logical thinking: the best idea wins.
  • Ownership and self-direction is highly valued.
  • Our staff remains flexible, responsive, and agile.
  • NK strives to make design better, more responsible, more livable.

Role Overview

Reporting to the CEO and serving as a member of the firm’s management team, the Pittsburgh Office Principal is responsible for NK’s practice management and contributes to the development of its strategic goals. The Principal will implement firm operational policies and procedures, enhance project quality and performance, develop our people, and deliver increased profitability.

Duties & Responsibilities for this role include:

  • Direct operations of the firm’s Pittsburgh office.
  • Lead business development activities.
  • Liaison to firm administrative, accounting, marketing &PR, HR, and IT resources.
  • Contribute to the strategic plan and its execution.
  • Promote a culture of high performance, continuous improvement, and commitment to quality.
  • Evaluate and enhance project performance in terms of design, documentation, and profitability.
  • Coordinate project staffing & assignments.
  • Recruit and develop top talent into the PGH office.

Qualifications

  • Practice Group leadership role and proven track record in professional architecture practice, required.
  • Commitment to people, strong EQ, and follow-through, required.
  • Professional Architectural degree (B.Arch or M.Arch), required.
  • Mid-size firm ($5M-25M) level of experience and complexity, preferred.
  • Multi-office experience, preferred.
  • Experience developing and launching new service lines and new geographies, preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating high-performance, low-energy buildings, preferred.
  • Consultative approach demonstrated by asking good questions, driving to key issues, communicating goals and key outcomes, and inspiring confidence.
  • Strong communicator (internally and externally) on vision and details.
  • Make commitments and keep them as a leader.

Location

Pittsburgh, PA. (6101 Penn Ave, East Liberty neighborhood).  Some travel required.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, transit, 401k, general and Passivhaus training, and flexible schedules. Email resumes and portfolio to the Business Manager at Nicholson Kovalchick Architects to resumes@nkarch.com. Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.

Project Manager – Seattle Office

We are currently accepting applications for a Project Manager in our Seattle office, Townhouse Studio.

Company Overview

Nicholson Kovalchick (NK) Architects is on a mission to fundamentally transform the way that high performing buildings are developed and built. With a creative and disruptive mindset NK Architects is the country’s leading architectural firm devoted to the creation of value-added passive buildings. Headquartered in downtown Seattle (in the historic Pioneer Square district) and with a growing practice based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, NK serves clients across the United States.

NK Architects stands at the leading edge of high performance building design in the US. Our belief is that we create the best buildings for our clients when we combine great architectural design with Passivhaus building engineering. This fusion not only creates beautiful, comfortable, and healthy places, it also helps create a sustainable future for us all: climate action, building by building.

NK is a growing firm with offices in Seattle and Pittsburgh. We are looking for talented, hard-working people who can succeed here and contribute to the success of the firm.

  • Our client’s success is our success.
  • We embrace growth and change.
  • NK supports systematic, logical thinking: the best idea wins.
  • Ownership and self-direction is highly valued.
  • Our staff remains flexible, responsive, and agile.
  • NK strives to make design better, more responsible, more livable.

Role Overview

Reports to Principals-in-Charge of projects.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Manage projects from feasibility through construction administration.
  • Establish and manage project schedules, budgets, and contracts.
  • Oversee design, construction documents, specifications and other documentation.
  • Supervise and mentor team members.
  • Coordinate consultants, clients, and jurisdictions.
  • Ensure project success.

Qualifications

  • B.Arch or M.Arch degree preferred, Washington State License preferred.
  • 7+ years of experience.
  • Multi-family project experience, particularly in townhouse projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to create, understand and manage projects.
  • Knowledge of land use and building permit processes.
  • Knowledge of typical construction methodologies and typical constructability concerns.
  • Understanding of typical terms found in owner / architect agreements and contracts.
  • Proficiency in REVIT and AutoCAD required.
  • Knowledge of Sketch-Up, InDesign and Photoshop a plus.
  • Positive attitude.

Location

Seattle, WA.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, transit, 401k, training, and flexible schedules. Email resumes and portfolio to the Business Manager at Nicholson Kovalchick Architects to resumes@nkarch.com. Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.

Mechanical Engineer – Seattle or Pittsburgh Office

NK Architects seeks a Mechanical Engineer with Low Energy Building Systems experience to join our team for the integrated design and delivery of high-performance projects.

Company Overview

Nicholson Kovalchick (NK) Architects is on a mission to fundamentally transform the way that high performing buildings are developed and built. With a creative and disruptive mindset NK Architects is the country’s leading architectural firm devoted to the creation of value-added passive buildings. Headquartered in downtown Seattle (in the historic Pioneer Square district) and with a growing practice based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, NK serves clients across the United States.

NK Architects stands at the leading edge of high performance building design in the US. Our belief is that we create the best buildings for our clients when we combine great architectural design with Passivhaus building engineering. This fusion not only creates beautiful, comfortable, and healthy places, it also helps create a sustainable future for us all: climate action, building by building.

NK is a growing firm with offices in Pittsburgh and Seattle. We are looking for talented, hard-working people who can succeed here and contribute to the success of the firm.

  • Our client’s success is our success.
  • We embrace growth and change.
  • NK supports systematic, logical thinking: the best idea wins.
  • Ownership and self-direction is highly valued.
  • Our staff remains flexible, responsive, and agile.
  • NK strives to make design better, more responsible, more livable.

Role Overview

As our Low Energy Building Systems Engineer you will touch every project in the firm, and will be working daily with a team of other designers dedicated to creating net-zero-ready buildings. You will have the opportunity to grow our Mechanical Engineering Practice in the Pacific NW (Seattle office) and in the Mid-Atlantic regions (Pittsburgh office). The atmosphere is energetic, creative, and collaborative, where new ideas become reality.

Generally, the focus of this job is on achieving results which are aligned with the larger picture of the organization and its strategic goals. Initiative, coupled with a sense of competitive drive, and the ability to stay focused on results despite changing conditions, is the key to achieving the performance objectives of this job. The work involves innovation and creativity in generating ideas for quick response. Decision-making is focused on implementing practical, timely solutions.

The job requires getting things done quickly and handling a variety of activities. Self-assurance, and the confidence to purposely drive toward results while constantly problem-solving and engaging the commitment of others is needed. A leadership style that is firm and goal oriented, and yet motivates, trains, and engages others in an enthusiastic way is important. The emphasis on building rapport and relationships with individuals and groups requires an outgoing, poised and persuasive communication style.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors or Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, required.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience, required.
  • Licensed in one or more jurisdictions, required, with a Washington State License, preferred.
  • Energy modeling with the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) required, and additionally with the WUFI-Passive building modeling software preferred.
  • Mixed-use, mid-rise, urban infill project experience, required.
  • Energy modeling to include DOE2, eQuest, Energy Pro and IES VE modeling software, preferred.
  • Design and modeling of Low Energy Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilation systems.
  • Design and modeling of Low Energy Domestic Hot Water delivery systems.
  • Design and specification of integrated building systems that deliver very low life cycle cost results and are simple to operate.
  • Energy modeling that meets LEED and Built Green criteria preferred.
  • Understanding of electrical control systems required, and ability to design and specify electrical control and monitoring systems preferred.
  • Experience managing engineering document production (in CAD or Revit) by others.

Location

Seattle, WA (Pioneer Sq.) or Pittsburgh, PA. (East Liberty). Some travel required.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, transit, 401k, general and Passivhaus training, and flexible schedules. Email resumes and portfolio to the Business Manager at Nicholson Kovalchick Architects to resumes@nkarch.com. Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.