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

Business Manager – Seattle

Design For a Sustainable Future

Nicholson Kovalchick Architects (NK) is currently growing in Seattle. We are seeking an experienced Business Manager with a passion to facilitate strategic operations and be a key part of our mission: To promote a sustainable future by creating high performance buildings in delightful urban settings where people want to be. Our team is composed of innovative, technically adept professionals, practicing architecture, interior design, landmarks consulting, and real estate development.

NK Architects is unique because our diverse team combines energy-efficient design with historic renovation, landmark designation experience, development consulting and project rescue expertise.

We are committed to our politic as well. Employees serve their communities through volunteer efforts in civic, disaster relief, fund raising, and non-profit organizations. It’s part of our core values to give back.

Business Manager, Seattle

Financial Management:

Day-to-day accounting functions such as deposits and check runs, managing cash flow to achieve the firm’s financial goals, manage all accounts receivable and payable and run payroll. Work with PMs to prepare monthly client invoices. Work with principals/PMs to maintain and optimize their project’s financial health. Work with CPA to coordinate monthly financial statements and book closing and year-end tax filings. Preparation of and management of firm’s budgets. Serve as internal expert on Financial and Project Management software (Ajera);

Human Resources Management:

Work with management team regarding hiring and termination decisions, act as first filter for resumes. Conduct new hire on-boarding, performance evaluations, compensation analysis, etc. in consultation with management team to align with firm’s strategic goals. Guide and encourage continual professional development opportunities. Manage internal benefits programs including Health Insurance, 401(k), profit sharing, transit subsidy, and coordinate with external vendors as needed. Maintain and update Employee Handbook and office policies/procedures in alignment with firm’s strategies and current employment law.

Technology:

Monitor IT budget, review and approve spending by internal IT Manager and external consultants to accomplish IT goals.

General Office Operations:

Oversee Office Coordinator’s roles and responsibilities. Lead annual renewals of business insurance. Coordinate contracts. Work with NK Board (Owners and CEO) to achieve annual strategic planning

Direct Reports:

Oversee management of Office Coordinator and IT Manager.

Qualifications:       

  • Minimum 5 years managing architectural offices or other professional service firms, bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Strong financial management skills and preferably knowledge of Deltek’s Ajera accounting/project management software or similar.
  • Proven human resources management ability.
  • Ability to understand a variety of complex systems/processes and instruct others in their use.
  • Energetic with a great sense of humor; excellent interpersonal skills, initiative, and creativity.
  • Proven attention to detail and immaculate organizational skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Candidate must have strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel.
  • Comfort with and aptitude for technology preferred.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include group medical insurance, paid time off, 401k plan, and flexible schedules. Send resume and portfolio to the CEO at Nicholson Kovalchick Architects to resumes@nkarch.com. Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.

Staff Architect – Pittsburgh

Design For a Sustainable Future

Nicholson Kovalchick Architects (NK) is currently growing in Pittsburgh. We are seeking an experienced Staff Architect with a passion for urban living to be an advocate for our mission: To promote a sustainable future by creating high performance buildings in delightful urban settings where people want to be. Our team is composed of innovative, technically adept professionals, practicing architecture, interior design, landmarks consulting, and real estate development.

NK Architects is unique because our diverse team combines energy-efficient design with historic renovation, landmark designation experience, development consulting and project rescue expertise.

We are committed to our politic as well. Employees serve their communities through volunteer efforts in civic, disaster relief, fund raising, and non-profit organizations. It’s part of our core values to give back.

Staff Architect, Pittsburgh

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 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.
  • Collaborate with other team members in Seattle office.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors, Professional or Masters Degree in architecture helpful.
  • 2-4 years experience in all project phases.
  • Previous experience with multi-family projects, strongly 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 resume and portfolio to the Business Manager at Nicholson Kovalchick Architects to resumes@nkarch.com. Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.

Staff Architect – Seattle

Design For a Sustainable Future

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 – Pittsburgh

Design For a Sustainable Future

Nicholson Kovalchick Architects (NK) is currently growing in Pittsburgh. We are seeking an experienced Project Manager with a passion for urban living to be an advocate for our mission: To promote a sustainable future by creating high performance buildings in delightful urban settings where people want to be. Our team is composed of innovative, technically adept professionals, practicing architecture, interior design, landmarks consulting, and real estate development.

NK Architects is unique because our diverse team combines energy-efficient design with historic renovation, landmark designation experience, development consulting and project rescue expertise.

We are committed to our politic as well. Employees serve their communities through volunteer efforts in civic, disaster relief, fund raising, and non-profit organizations. It’s part of our core values to give back.

Project Manager, Pittsburgh

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
  • Collaborate with team members in Seattle office.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors or Master’s Degree of architecture preferred
  • Pennsylvania State License preferred
  • 5 to 7 years of experience
  • Multi-family project experience
  • Previous housing experience particularly in multi-family and mixed use projects 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 strongly preferred 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 your resume 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

Design For a Sustainable Future

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

Design For a Sustainable Future

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.

 

Project Architect – Pittsburgh

Design For a Sustainable Future

Nicholson Kovalchick Architects (NK) is currently growing in Pittsburgh. We are seeking an experienced Project Architect with a passion for urban living to be an advocate for our mission: To promote a sustainable future by creating high performance buildings in delightful urban settings where people want to be. Our team is composed of innovative, technically adept professionals, practicing architecture, interior design, landmarks consulting, and real estate development.

NK Architects is unique because our diverse team combines energy-efficient design with historic renovation, landmark designation experience, development consulting and project rescue expertise.

We are committed to our politic as well. Employees serve their communities through volunteer efforts in civic, disaster relief, fund raising, and non-profit organizations. It’s part of our core values to give back.

Project Architect, Pittsburgh

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 principal or project manager, who may be located in our Seattle office.
  • Collaborate with other team members in Seattle office.

Qualifications:

  • Professional and/or Master’s Degree in architecture desired.
  • 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.
  • High level of proficiency in REVIT strongly preferred and AutoCAD desired.
  • 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 resume and portfolio to the Business Manager at Nicholson Kovalchick Architects via e-mail to resumes@nkarch.com. Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.