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 Architect – Seattle

NK Architects seeks an experienced Architect with townhouse and single-family experience to join our Seattle office as the Director of our Townhouse Studio.

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.

The Townhouse Studio is committed to delivering sustainable projects across a wide range of scales and unit types. These projects include single family residences, small clustered townhouses, live/work spaces, and complicated developments featuring multiple buildings, structured parking, and dozens of homes. Our clients appreciate our clean, modern design and ability to deliver creative solutions that turn challenging urban sites into desirable residential spaces.

About the Role

As the Townhouse Studio Director, you will manage a portfolio of projects and a team of project managers, architects, and interns to deliver high-quality results in a fast paced environment.   You will have the opportunity to expand our established practice to new clients and markets in the Pacific NW (Seattle office), the Mid-Atlantic regions (Pittsburgh office), and beyond. The job is dynamic and changing, so the ability to understand, quickly react, and motivate others to adapt to a changing organizational environment is a critical key to success.

Establishing and growing relationships with our clients and partners requires an ability to sell the firm’s mission and services in the marketplace, then inspire those within the organization to deliver results. Successfully persuading others through an understanding of how their individual needs and motivations link to goals is essential. This is achieved through a self-confident, empathetic, and extroverted style that can enliven and engage individuals and groups.

The core of this position requires a motivated and motivating team builder and organization developer, with a focus on making connections with people. While the job requires strong initiative and self-direction, results are only achieved with and through the people on your team and by understanding how they are motivated. Responsibility for achieving those results needs to be shared and effectively delegated when necessary.  Reaching established and new goals often requires training and developing others, and enlisting their support by using a “selling” rather “telling” communication style.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Warm, enthusiastic, and persuasive personality that thrives on developing new relationships.
  • Management of a portfolio of projects, with the ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team in a collaborative environment, delegate authority to empower staff, and deliver results.
  • A thorough knowledge of typical Type V construction methodologies and constructability concerns.
  • Intimate knowledge of the International Residential and Building Codes.
  • Understanding of typical terms found in owner / architect agreements and contracts.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor or Master of Architecture degree preferred
  • Licensed in one or more jurisdictions, with a Washington State License preferred
  • 10 to 15 years of experience as a minimum, primarily in townhouse and small podium projects.
  • Experience managing architectural document production (in CAD or Revit) by others.
  • Knowledge of Sketch-Up, InDesign and Photoshop preferred.

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

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

Senior Project Manager – Pittsburgh

NK Architects is currently growing in Pittsburgh, and seeks an experienced Senior Project Manager with multi-family residential experience and a passion for sustainability to join our team.

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 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.

We are committed to delivering 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 as well. Our clients appreciate our ability to deliver creative solutions that turn challenging urban sites into desirable residential spaces.

About the Role

The Senior Project Manager will direct NK Architects’ highest profile projects in the Pittsburgh office, coordinating the production and design of existing projects while also working with the firm’s principals to develop new projects and clients across the Mid-Atlantic. Success in the role is achieved by projecting the firm’s mission, identifying client and project objectives, creating a master plan to achieve those objectives, then implementing the plan through artful direction of the entire project team. The Senior PM works through all opportunities, hurdles, and complexity encountered along the way in a straight-forward, clear and collaborative manner.

Establishing and growing relationships with our clients and partners requires an ability to sell the firm’s mission and services in the marketplace, then inspire those within the organization to deliver results. Successfully persuading others through an understanding of how their individual needs and motivations link to goals is essential. This is achieved through a self-confident, empathetic, and extroverted style that can enliven and engage individuals and groups.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Management of projects as well as other Project Managers, with the ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team in a collaborative environment, delegate authority to empower staff, and deliver results.
  • Manage client relationships and serve as primary daily contact for clients.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with team members in NK’s other offices.
  • Establish and manage project schedules, internal budgets, and contracts with clients.
  • Understanding of client concerns and objectives and demonstrating a desire and ability to successfully address them.
  • Understanding of typical terms found in owner / architect agreements and contracts.
  • Ability to identify the critical path for a specific project and to marshal team resources toward the completion of that critical path.
  • Ability to create, understand and manage a project schedule and coordinating team activities.
  • Coordination of consultants, client requirements, and agency staff with internal production.
  • Oversight of the design process and production of construction documents, specifications, and other documentation.
  • Lead other team members in production of those documents.
  • Serve as primary project decision maker and knowledge resource.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor or Master of Architecture degree preferred.
  • Licensed in one or more states, with a Pennsylvania License preferred.
  • 10 to 15 years of experience.
  • Previous residential project experience in multi-family and townhomes strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of typical construction methodologies and typical constructability concerns.
  • Knowledge of land use and building permit processes in local markets.
  • Proficiency in REVIT and/or 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. Email resumes and portfolio to the Business Manager at Nicholson Kovalchick Architects to resumes@nkarch.com. Clearly identify the position for which yo

Staff Architect – Pittsburgh

 

NK Architects is currently growing in Pittsburgh, and seeks an experienced Staff Architect with a passion for sustainability to join our team.

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 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.

We are committed to delivering 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 as well. Our clients appreciate our ability to deliver creative solutions that turn challenging urban sites into desirable residential spaces.

About the Role

The Staff Architect’s role is to support the Project Manager and Project Architect in the creation of architectural design that meets the client’s and the firm’s objectives in terms of program, architectural composition, building performance, and code compliance. The SA is responsible for development of portions of the project design and documentation, in coordination with other design disciplines required. Success in the role is achieved by understanding and projecting the mission and values of the firm, delivering quality results in a timely manner for the project team, and consistently growing as a professional. NK Architects supports participation in the Intern Development Program.

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:

  • Bachelors, Professional or Master of Architecture degree 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 resumes and portfolio to the Business Manager at Nicholson Kovalchick Architects at resumes@nkarch.com. Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.