Working at NK

NK Architects are evangelists for urbanity. We believe that dense, vibrant, urban environments are not only stimulating but they also afford us the best opportunity to live in harmony with our environment.  We seek to maximize the density of urban sites without apology, but we also strongly believe that density must be paired with livable, attractive design to be most successful. Our practice is informed by data and analysis, and it is grounded in simplicity and clarity. Currently our work is focused on urban mid-rise and low-rise housing and mixed use projects.

NK is a growing firm of 28 people with staff in Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC. We are looking for talented, hard-working people, but we are also looking for people that can succeed here and who can contribute to the success of the firm. To that end, it is important that job applicants understand the following:

  • Our client’s success is our success: we are focused on successful outcomes for our clients. If a project is over budget, is delivered late, and has a lack-luster economic performance for our clients, it is not a success for us regardless of how pretty it is.
  • Growth and change: we are a growing firm with a culture of continuous improvement.   Our tools, systems and training are constantly being refined and developed. We need people who embrace change and that are capable of recognizing a need for improvement and identifying how to accomplish that improvement.
  • Systematic thinking: our approach to practice includes both innovation and repetition. We need people who can integrate themselves into the way we do things, who think systematically, and who can help develop patterns and systems, so that we are freed to spend more time on innovation.
  • Ownership and self-direction: the success of our projects depends upon our staff assuming responsibility from the start. You will be thrown into the deep end of the pool and asked to swim.  For the right person, this is a tremendous learning opportunity.
  • Flexibility and range: we need people that are interested in and capable of working on all aspects of the practice of architecture. Project roles and responsibilities are fluid, so you must also be willing to perform tasks that span beyond a rigid definition of your role.
  • Speed and agility: our projects are complex, and they typically have fast schedules. You should expect to have to work quickly and efficiently, and you will have to manage a lot of complex information and decisions.
  • The best idea wins: at NK, we pursue the best idea, regardless of whose idea it is. This means you must be bold enough to offer your ideas and humble enough to accept the ideas of others.
  • Ambition and opportunity: we believe that professional growth and self-motivation is inherent to success. We expect our employees to be inquisitive, excited about learning new skills and facing new challenges, and eager to take on greater responsibility. For those ready to take on greater responsibility and continue to learn, there are opportunities for advancement within NK.
  • Ecological concern: we are passionate about designing buildings that minimize their negative impacts and maximize their positive impacts on the world around them.  We are looking for people that share that passion.

 

Staff Architect

We are currently accepting applications for an experienced Staff Architect.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Production of high quality project documents from schematic design and construction documents through construction administration, as well as specifications and other documentation under the direction of a project manager.
  • Creating presentation illustrations and other presentation documents under the direction of a project manager and/or project architect.
  • Working with other design professions regarding the architectural documents. o Interacting with clients as directed by the project manager.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors, Professional or Masters Degree in architecture helpful.
  • 2-4 years experience in all project phases.
  • Ability to work under the supervision of a Project Manager or Project Architect.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, understand and execute project priorities while providing intelligent feedback is critical.
  • Previous experience with multi-family and/or large projects preferred.
  • Experience creating presentation illustrations from Revit models through either Revit or add-on programs such as 3-D Studio Max, strongly preferred. Proficiency in REVIT and AutoCAD required
  • Knowledge of Sketch-Up, InDesign and Photoshop a plus.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, paid vacations, 401k plan, and flexible schedules. Send resumes to the Office Manager at Nicholson Kovalchick Architects, 310 First Avenue S, Suite 4S, Seattle, WA 98104 or e-mail to resumes@nkarch.com. Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.

Project Architect

We are currently accepting applications for an experienced Project Architect.
Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Production of project documents from schematic design and construction documents through construction administration, as well as specifications and other documentation under the direction of a project manager.
  • Manage other team members in production of those documents.
  • Coordinate the work of other design professions with the architectural documents.
  • Client interaction as directed by the project manager

Qualifications:

  • Professional and/or Masters Degree in architecture helpful.
  • 5-8 years experience in all project phases.
  • Previous experience with multi-family projects, strongly preferred.
  • Well versed in all building systems including exterior envelope, structural, and MEP.
  • Thorough knowledge of IBC codes.
  • Proven experience in delivering complete, well-coordinated construction documents including specifications.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, understand and execute project priorities while providing intelligent feedback is critical.
  • Proficiency in REVIT and AutoCAD required
  • Knowledge of Sketch-Up, InDesign and Photoshop a plus.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, paid vacations, 401k plan, and flexible schedules. Send resumes to the Office Manager at Nicholson Kovalchick Architects, 310 First Avenue S, Suite 4S, Seattle, WA 98104 or e-mail to resumes@nkarch.com. Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.

Project Manager

We are currently accepting applications for an experienced Project Manager in our Seattle office.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for overall management of a project from feasibility stage through construction administration
  • Establish and manage project schedule
  • Establish and manage internal budgets and contracts with clients
  • Serve as primary project decision maker and knowledge resource
  • Oversight of the production of design, construction documents, specifications and other documentation
  • Manage other team members in production of those documents
  • Coordination of consultants, client requirements, and internal staff
  • Manage client relationships and serve as primary daily contact for clients

Qualifications:

  • Professional and/or Masters Degree of architecture preferred
  • Washington State License preferred
  • 8 to 12 years of experience
  • Multi-family project experience
  • Ability to create, understand and manage a project schedule
  • Ability to identify the critical path for a specific project and to marshal team resources toward the completion of that critical path
  • Ability to perceive holistic project requirements and to prioritize and coordinate individual tasks within that holistic framework
  • Knowledge of the 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
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently, with clarity and focus on project objectives
  • Developing and understanding of client concerns and objectives and demonstrating a desire and ability to successfully address those concerns and objectives
  • High level competency in AutoCAD required
  • Proficiency in REVIT strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of Sketch-Up, InDesign and Photoshop a plus

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, paid vacations, 401k plan, and flexible schedules. Send resumes to the Office Manager at Nicholson Kovalchick Architects, 310 First Avenue S, Suite 4S, Seattle, WA  98104 or e-mail to resumes@nkarch.com. Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.