Staff Architect – Seattle

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

Company Overview

Nicholson Kovalchick (NK) Architects is on a mission to fundamentally transform the way that high performing buildings are developed and built. With a creative and disruptive mindset, NK Architects is the country’s leading architectural firm devoted to the creation of value-added passive buildings. Headquartered in downtown Seattle (in the historic Pioneer Square district) and with a growing practice based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, NK serves clients across the United States.

NK Architects stands at the leading edge of high performance building design in the US. Our belief is that we create the best buildings for our clients when we combine great architectural design with Passivhaus building engineering. This fusion not only creates beautiful, comfortable, and healthy places, it also helps create a sustainable future for us all: climate action, building by building.

NK is growing. We are looking for talented, hard-working people who can succeed here and contribute to the success of the firm.

  • Our client’s success is our success.
  • We embrace growth and change.
  • NK supports systematic, logical thinking: the best idea wins.
  • Ownership and self-direction is highly valued.
  • Our staff remains flexible, responsive, and agile.
  • NK strives to make design better, more responsible, more livable.

The Role

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

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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Interest in high performance building design required.
  • Passive House experience or training preferred. 


Seattle, WA. (310 1st Ave South, Suite 4S).

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, transit, 401k, general and Passivhaus training, and flexible schedules. Email resumes and portfolio to the Business Manager at Nicholson Kovalchick Architects to [email protected]. Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.