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

Project Architect – Seattle

NK Architects stands at the leading edge of high performance building design in the US. We seek experienced designers to join us as we launch into a growing portfolio of transformative projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.

Our belief is that we create the best buildings for our clients when we combine great design with Passive House building engineering. This fusion not only creates beautiful, comfortable, and healthy places, it also helps create a sustainable future for us all. Buildings can be a form of climate action.

If these ideas resonate with you and you have a passion for design and building performance, please consider applying for the Project Architect opening at our Seattle office.

NK Architects’ national leadership in Passive House design is opening opportunities and generating new work for the firm. To our knowledge we are designing more square footage of Passive House projects than any firm in the country today. It’s an exciting time of growth and development for all of us and we seek talented colleagues to join us.

About NK Architects

With offices in Seattle and Pittsburgh, NK Architects is dedicated to design for a sustainable future. Using exacting site planning, simple elegant design, and Passive House detailing, we inspire developers and builders to create high-performance, net-zero-ready projects by demonstrating the combined success of cutting-edge energy efficiency, award-winning architecture, site optimization, and financial performance. The result is a healthier environmental future for generations to come.

We deliver sustainable projects across a wide range of scales and product types, ranging from infill townhouses to large mixed-use apartment buildings, often including historic preservation or affordable housing goals.

Our people are the heart of our mission, and we work hard to make our teams as successful as our projects. This commitment is demonstrated through our professional development programs (we train all our design staff to become Certified Passive House Consultants), our advocacy program that pairs each staff member with a principal for mentorship and support, opportunities for professional growth and advancement within the firm, and our commitment to providing a work/life balance. We support participation in the Intern Development program and encourage licensure for all our staff.

About the Role

Our project teams typically consist of a Project Manager, Project Architect, and one or more Staff Architects and Interns. The Project Architect coordinates the architectural design process and creates project documents that meets the client’s and the firm’s objectives in terms of program, architectural composition, building performance, buildability, consultant coordination, and code compliance.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Coordinate the production of high quality project documents from schematic design and construction documents through construction administration, as well as specifications and other documentation in collaboration with the project manager and under the direction of the principal in charge.
  • Manage the work of staff architects and interns in the production of those documents.
  • Coordinating the work of other design professionals with the architectural documents.
  • Interacting with clients as directed by the principal or project manager.
  • Collaborating with other team members in satellite offices.

Qualifications

  • Professional Bachelors or Master of Architecture degree required.
  • 5-8 years of experience in all project phases.
  • Previous experience with multi-family projects is 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, and provide intelligent feedback is critical.
  • High level of proficiency in REVIT is required, and AutoCAD desired.
  • Sketch-Up, InDesign and Photoshop knowledge 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 at resumes@nkarch.com. Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.

Project Architect – Pittsburgh

NK Architects stands at the leading edge of high performance building design in the US. We seek experienced designers to join us as we launch into a growing portfolio of transformative projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.

Our belief is that we create the best buildings for our clients when we combine great design with Passive House building engineering. This fusion not only creates beautiful, comfortable, and healthy places, it also helps create a sustainable future for us all. Buildings can be a form of climate action.

If these ideas resonate with you and you have a passion for design and building performance, please consider applying for the Project Architect opening at our Pittsburgh office.

NK Architects’ national leadership in Passive House design is opening opportunities and generating new work for the firm. To our knowledge we are designing more square footage of Passive House projects than any firm in the country today. It’s an exciting time of growth and development for all of us and we seek talented colleagues to join us.

About NK Architects

With offices in Seattle and Pittsburgh, NK Architects is dedicated to design for a sustainable future. Using exacting site planning, simple elegant design, and Passive House detailing, we inspire developers and builders to create high-performance, net-zero-ready projects by demonstrating the combined success of cutting-edge energy efficiency, award-winning architecture, site optimization, and financial performance. The result is a healthier environmental future for generations to come.

We deliver sustainable projects across a wide range of scales and product types, ranging from infill townhouses to large mixed-use apartment buildings, often including historic preservation or affordable housing goals.

Our people are the heart of our mission, and we work hard to make our teams as successful as our projects. This commitment is demonstrated through our professional development programs (we train all our design staff to become Certified Passive House Consultants), our advocacy program that pairs each staff member with a principal for mentorship and support, opportunities for professional growth and advancement within the firm, and our commitment to providing a work/life balance. We support participation in the Intern Development program and encourage licensure for all our staff.

About the Role

Our project teams typically consist of a Project Manager, Project Architect, and one or more Staff Architects and Interns. The Project Architect coordinates the architectural design process and creates project documents that meets the client’s and the firm’s objectives in terms of program, architectural composition, building performance, buildability, consultant coordination, and code compliance.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Coordinate the production of high quality project documents from schematic design and construction documents through construction administration, as well as specifications and other documentation in collaboration with the project manager and under the direction of the principal in charge.
  • Manage the work of staff architects and interns in the production of those documents.
  • Coordinating the work of other design professionals with the architectural documents.
  • Interacting with clients as directed by the principal or project manager.
  • Collaborating remotely with other team members in the Seattle office as needed.

Qualifications

  • Professional Bachelors or Master of Architecture degree required.
  • 5-8 years of experience in all project phases.
  • Previous experience with multi-family projects is 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, and provide intelligent feedback is critical.
  • High level of proficiency in REVIT is required, and AutoCAD desired.
  • Sketch-Up, InDesign and Photoshop knowledge 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 at resumes@nkarch.com. Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.

Staff Architect – Seattle

NK Architects stands at the leading edge of high performance building design in the US. We seek experienced designers to join us as we launch into a growing portfolio of transformative projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.

Our belief is that we create the best buildings for our clients when we combine great design with Passive House building engineering. This fusion not only creates beautiful, comfortable, and healthy places, it also helps create a sustainable future for us all. Buildings can be a form of climate action.

If these ideas resonate with you and you have a passion for design and building performance, please consider applying for the Staff Architect opening at our Seattle office.

NK Architects’ national leadership in Passive House design is opening opportunities and generating new work for the firm. To our knowledge we are designing more square footage of Passive House projects than any firm in the country today. It’s an exciting time of growth and development for all of us and we seek talented colleagues to join us.

About NK Architects

With offices in Seattle and Pittsburgh, NK Architects is dedicated to design for a sustainable future. Using exacting site planning, simple elegant design, and Passive House detailing, we inspire developers and builders to create high-performance, net-zero-ready projects by demonstrating the combined success of cutting-edge energy efficiency, award-winning architecture, site optimization, and financial performance. The result is a healthier environmental future for generations to come.

We deliver sustainable projects across a wide range of scales and product types, ranging from infill townhouses to large mixed-use apartment buildings, often including historic preservation or affordable housing goals.

Our people are the heart of our mission, and we work hard to make our teams as successful as our projects. This commitment is demonstrated through our professional development programs (we train all our design staff to become Certified Passive House Consultants), our advocacy program that pairs each staff member with a principal for mentorship and support, opportunities for professional growth and advancement within the firm, and our commitment to providing a work/life balance. We support participation in the Intern Development program and encourage licensure for all our staff.

About the Role

Our project teams typically consist of a Project Manager, Project Architect, and one or more Staff Architects. The Staff Architect provides support in the creation of an architectural design and project documents that meets the client’s and the firm’s objectives in terms of program, architectural composition, building performance, buildability, consultant coordination, and code compliance.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • 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 and for projects that may be based in Seattle.
  • 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 or project architect.
  • Collaborating with other team members in satellite offices.

Qualifications

  • Professional Bachelors or Master of Architecture degree preferred.
  • 2-4 years of experience in all project phases.
  • Previous experience with multi-family projects is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work as part of a team under the supervision of a Project Manager and/or Project Architect.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, understand and execute project priorities, and provide intelligent feedback is critical.
  • High level of proficiency in REVIT is 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 at resumes@nkarch.com. Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.

Staff Architect – Pittsburgh

NK Architects stands at the leading edge of high performance building design in the US. We seek experienced designers to join us as we launch into a growing portfolio of transformative projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.

Our belief is that we create the best buildings for our clients when we combine great design with Passive House building engineering. This fusion not only creates beautiful, comfortable, and healthy places, it also helps create a sustainable future for us all. Buildings can be a form of climate action.

If these ideas resonate with you and you have a passion for design and building performance, please consider applying for the Staff Architect opening at our Pittsburgh office.

NK Architects’ national leadership in Passive House design is opening opportunities and generating new work for the firm. To our knowledge we are designing more square footage of Passive House projects than any firm in the country today. It’s an exciting time of growth and development for all of us and we seek talented colleagues to join us.

About NK Architects

With offices in Seattle and Pittsburgh, NK Architects is dedicated to design for a sustainable future. Using exacting site planning, simple elegant design, and Passive House detailing, we inspire developers and builders to create high-performance, net-zero-ready projects by demonstrating the combined success of cutting-edge energy efficiency, award-winning architecture, site optimization, and financial performance. The result is a healthier environmental future for generations to come.

We deliver sustainable projects across a wide range of scales and product types, ranging from infill townhouses to large mixed-use apartment buildings, often including historic preservation or affordable housing goals.

Our people are the heart of our mission, and we work hard to make our teams as successful as our projects. This commitment is demonstrated through our professional development programs (we train all our design staff to become Certified Passive House Consultants), our advocacy program that pairs each staff member with a principal for mentorship and support, opportunities for professional growth and advancement within the firm, and our commitment to providing a work/life balance. We support participation in the Intern Development program and encourage licensure for all our staff.

About the Role

Our project teams typically consist of a Project Manager, Project Architect, and one or more Staff Architects. The Staff Architect provides support in the creation of an architectural design and project documents that meets the client’s and the firm’s objectives in terms of program, architectural composition, building performance, buildability, consultant coordination, and code compliance.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • 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 and for projects that may be based in Seattle.
  • 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 or project architect.
  • Collaborating with other team members in Seattle office.

Qualifications

  • Professional Bachelors or Master of Architecture degree preferred.
  • 2-4 years of experience in all project phases.
  • Previous experience with multi-family projects is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work as part of a team under the supervision of a Project Manager and/or Project Architect.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, understand and execute project priorities, and provide intelligent feedback is critical.
  • High level of proficiency in REVIT is 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 at resumes@nkarch.com. Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.

Low Energy Building Systems Engineer – Seattle

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.

About NK Architects

NK Architects creates concentrated, delightful, urban communities to reduce transportation and development carbon footprints. The firm is known for its award-winning design of the regions’ highest performing homes and multi-family projects for clients who want long-lasting, high-value assets that appeal to investors and the community.

Using exacting site planning, simple elegant design, and Passive House detailing, we inspire developers and builders to create high-performance, net-zero-ready projects by demonstrating the combined success of cutting-edge energy efficiency, award-winning architecture, site optimization, and financial performance. The result is a healthier environmental future for generations to come.

NK Architects specializes in creating cutting edge high-performance buildings that use 80% – 90% less energy for heating and cooling than conventional code-minimum buildings. Interior environmental performance is a key success factor in the quality and longevity of our buildings, and therefore highly collaborative A/S/M/E/P design is a must for our projects. Our projects range in scale from duplexes to large mixed-use urban-infill developments, and our clients expect us to provide innovation and know-how.

About the Role

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.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Energy design to include DOE2, eQuest, Energy Pro and IES VE modeling software.
  • 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 with the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) required, and additionally with the WUFI-Passive building modeling software preferred.
  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors or Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Licensed in one or more jurisdictions, with a Washington State License preferred
  • 7 to 10 years of experience
  • Multi-family project experience
  • Experience managing engineering document production (in CAD or Revit) by others.

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