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 with offices in Seattle and Pittsburgh. 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 beneficial outcomes for our clients. A project is successful if it is within budget, schedule, and building performance parameters; appearance alone doesn’t make a project successful.
  • 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 who 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 high levels of responsibility. 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 eager to take on greater responsibility.
  • Ecological concern: we are passionate about designing buildings that minimize their carbon footprints and maximize their positive impacts on the world around them. We are looking for people that share that passion.

If you would like to submit your qualifications for our records, please email a detailed resume and cover letter to resumes@nkarch.com.

Staff Architect – Seattle

We are currently accepting applications for a Staff Architect at our Seattle office.

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 and/or project architect.
  • Creating presentation documents under the direction of a project manager and/or project architect.
  • Working with other design professions regarding the architectural documents.
  • 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.
  • Previous housing experience particularly in wood framed projects and either single family or townhomes preferred.
  • Ability to work under the supervision of a Project Manager and/or Project Architect.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, understand and execute project priorities while providing intelligent feedback is critical.
  • High level of proficiency in REVIT required and AutoCAD desired.
  • Knowledge of Sketch-Up, InDesign and Photoshop a plus.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, paid vacations, 401k plan, 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

We are currently accepting applications for a 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:

  • Bachelors or Masters Degree of architecture preferred
  • Washington State License preferred
  • 5 to 7 years of experience
  • Multi-family project experience
  • Previous housing experience particularly in single family and townhomes strongly preferred.
  • 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
  • Ability to work efficiently, with clarity and focus on project objectives
  • Understanding of client concerns and objectives and demonstrating a desire and ability to successfully address those concerns and objectives
  • High level of proficiency in REVIT required and AutoCAD desired.
  • Knowledge of Sketch-Up, InDesign and Photoshop a plus

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, paid vacations, 401k plan, 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 Architect – Seattle

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 PIC or 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.
  • REVIT and AutoCAD proficiency required
  • Sketch-Up, InDesign and Photoshop knowledge a plus.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include group medical insurance, paid time off, 401k plan, and flexible schedules. Send resumes to the Business 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.