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VIA Architecture is a multi-disciplinary firm of urban strategists creating connected communities. With offices in Seattle, Oakland and Vancouver BC, we are a highly interactive studio-based practice concentrating in planning, architecture and design for urban mixed-use development and infrastructure. Our systems-level sustainable design strategies and community-based design studio set us apart from traditional architectural practice.

We are currently seeking candidates for the position of Project Manager in our Seattle office.  This person will work within our multidisciplinary team to provide management and leadership on high-rise residential, commercial and public transit projects.

We are interested in exceptional candidates with strong analytical, communication and technical skills who are passionately involved in community building at all scales.

Experience Requirements

  • Registered architect with 5-6 years of Project Management experience – 10-15 years of overall professional experience.

Key Skills

  • Dedicated team player, excellent communicator, possessing demonstrated skill in management of complex projects, and collaborative design disciplines.
  • Ability to work independently and/or as an advocate for a small to medium sized VIA team.
  • Strong client relations skills and the ability to advocate for VIA’s playbook values in tandem.
  • Experience with one or more project delivery methods including design-bid-build and integrated project delivery.
  • Familiarity with consultant roles, and all phases of design, and ability to translate these into RFP’s for delivery to clients and potential teaming partners.
  • Ability to manage, review, track, and control project schedules, scope, budgets, invoicing, and client expectations for complex project types.
  • Passion for high quality and sustainable design. Experience with sustainable building rating systems an asset including LEED, Green Globes, passive house and/or ESDS.
  • Thorough …

The first of a series of VIA staff spotlights, Karim Dilawar is VIA Seattle’s Project Accountant.

“It’s not common to work for an organization where you actually look forward to coming back from vacation so you can share your experiences with your colleagues but at VIA, I feel just that.”

 

Born in Pakistan and now living in the US by way of Burnaby BC, Karim Dilawar is VIA’s project accountant and team manager of the VIA Ducks.

Always intrigued by the intricacies of business operations, Karim chose a career in project accounting “because you see the inside-out of a project, and project by project, you can see how the company is performing. I learn how a project can be successful–or not. Working closely with project managers, I can help identify any deficiencies and improvements.”

Karim offers similar advice to any finance professional looking for hands-on business experience. “Project accounting is a good field to apply all the accounting knowledge you learned in school.”

Already a year into his role at VIA, Karim maintains his enthusiasm for the work and the people he works with:

I truly enjoy coming to work every day. It is so refreshing to work for an organization where I am empowered to make decisions and provided opportunities to learn and grow. I am exposed to challenging and exciting tasks and projects that keep me motivated and engaged. Also, I love the people that I work with. VIA employs some of the brightest minds in the industry and it is …

Part two of three, written by Dylan Glosecki on how automated vehicles (AVs) will likely shape our communities. Part 1 of this think piece explored the anticipated disruption to conventional automobile use. In Part 2, Dylan explores the development and planning implications of such a disruption.

The following is a summary of talking points collected at the Urbanism Next Conference in Portland, OR on March 6, 2018 and in subsequent conversations with my colleagues at VIA. While an autonomous vehicle future appears imminent, I humbly acknowledge the unpredictable alternate paths our future could take.

Suburban sprawl in Las Vegas, NV (photo courtesy USDA NRCS)

There are numerous hypothetical pros and cons of autonomous vehicles (AVs). As an avid urbanist and proponent for connected communities, it’s exciting to explore the potential impacts of AVs on city planning and public transit. What does an AV future mean for our cities, our communities, and the way we navigate to, from and through them?

Increased Sprawl

If AVs act as mobile offices, the long commute is no longer a hindrance. If one can spend  two, three, four hours a day working remotely while they commute to their office, meetings and appointments, living far away from these destinations is less of an inconvenience. This ability could provide much needed housing cost relief in our urban centers, as housing further away from urban centers is developed and becomes more desirable as commutes become more productive. On the other hand, facilitating longer distance commutes will encourage sprawl, and may …

VIA Architecture is a multi-disciplinary firm of urban strategists creating connected communities. With offices in Vancouver, Seattle and Oakland, we are a highly interactive studio-based practice concentrating in urban planning, transit systems planning and design architecture for urban mixed-use development. Our systems-level design strategies and community-based design studio set us apart from traditional architectural practice.

We are currently seeking candidates for architectural Grad/Intern positions for our Vancouver office. These individuals will supplement and work within our multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive architectural services for various projects. We are interested in exceptional candidates with string analytical, communication and technical skills who are passionate and involved in community building at all scales.

Experience Requirements – Architectural Interns

  • Junior Intern with 2 to 5 years of Canadian architectural experience
  • LEED AP preferred but not mandatory

Key Skills

  • Dedicated team player, excellent communicator, a self-starter possessing analytic and problem solving capabilities.
  • Some experience with all project phases of design, construction documents and field services.
  • Some understanding of the technical considerations involved in design, documenting, coordinating and executing a variety of building types.
  • Proficiency in REVIT, AutoCAD & Sketchup highly desired. Fluency with digital model rendering, Adobe and other graphic progams a plus.
  • Be skilled in the preparation of graphic presentation material.
  • Some familiarity of BCBC and local Bylaws.
  • Interest in professional advancement to more intermediate levels and responsibilities.

How to Apply

Please email resume in PDF with cover letter/email, and “YourName_Architectural Grad/Intern” in subject-line, attention Charlene Kovacs, ckovacks@via-architecture.com

  • Please include sample of your work, keeping total email size below 2MB.
  • No phone calls or office visits please.
  • Applicants must meet minimum …

This is the first of a three-part think piece by VIA’s Dylan Glosecki about the potential reshaping of our communities by automated vehicles, today and in the future. Part One discusses the most immediate effects we are likely to experience: the disruption of conventional vehicle use and the decreasing need for parking.

Peckham Levels, a converted multi-storey parking garage in London (courtesy: Tim Crocker)

According to various sources including Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Tesla, Uber, Google, and the National Association of City Transportation officials, the initial roll-out of automated vehicles (AV) is predicted to begin by 2025, and start cementing public acceptance as our future reality by 2030. AV is expected to largely replace non-autonomous vehicles by 2040-2045.

AV is touted as a silver bullet to many of the common (and many unseen/unobserved) issues associated with car ownership and driving. AV is anticipated to reduce car ownership, spur the mass adoption of electric vehicles, reduce urban parking demand by up to 90%, increase road capacity by up to three times, greatly improve access to mobility for the young and the elderly, allow for “working commutes”, reduce accidents and so on.

While an AV future could bring about many positive changes from urbanism and sustainability perspectives, there is another side to the coin. Negative changes are also predicted, such as increased sprawl due to “working commutes”, road capacity increases leading to more traffic, diminished use of mass transit, the end of TOD planning, increased total vehicle miles with AV delivery services, etc. …

VIA Architecture is a multi-disciplinary firm of urban strategists creating connected communities. With offices in Vancouver, Seattle and Oakland we are a highly interactive studio-based practice concentrating in planning, architecture and design for urban mixed-use development and infrastructure. Our systems-level sustainable design strategies and community-based design studio set us apart from traditional architectural practice.

We are currently seeking candidates for a Senior Technical Architect for our Vancouver office.

We are interested in exceptional people with strong analytical, communication and technical skills who are passionate and involved in community building at all scales.

Experience Requirements – Senior Technical Architects

  • Registered architect with 10+ years of architectural experience
  • Passive House Certified preferred

Key Skills

  • Proficiency in REVIT, AutoCAD & Sketchup
  • Deep knowledge of architectural technical detailing, envelope design, and specifications writing
  • Skill in the coordination and production of project documentation packages
  • Strong experience in the technical coordination of collaborative design disciplines, including integrated project delivery experience and 3-dimensional resolution of technical issues
  • Ability and experience with organizing, tracking and implementing project data, directives and design, tender and construction document production, consultant coordination
  • Experience with various construction and building types
  • In depth knowledge of the BCBC
  • Ability to delegate supervise and mentor junior staff members
  • Passion for green building; experience with sustainable building rating systems an asset

 

Responsibilities

This person will supplement and work within our multidisciplinary teams to provide comprehensive technical architectural services for high-rise, wood frame, public transit and other commercial projects. This person will also oversee QA/QC processes and training for the Vancouver office.

How to Apply

Please email resume in PDF with cover letter/email, and “YourName_Senior Technical Architect” …

Two VIA projects were honored at the American Council of Consulting Engineers (ACEC) Washington awards early in 2018.  Tacoma Amtrak Cascades Station and South 200th Link Extension (Angle Lake Station) both took home Silver awards in the Complexity and Transportation categories, respectively. These awards are presented annually to teams demonstrating engineering excellence in a variety of categories.

The recently-opened Tacoma Amtrak Cascades Station relocated the existing Amtrak station in Tacoma to the Freighthouse Square Building, melding a new 9,875-square-foot station into a portion of the historic landmark built in 1909. The project team navigated a complex array of challenges to deliver this project under a demanding schedule. The teams’ work reconciled and balanced the requirements of the large multi-agency stakeholder group, seamlessly merging the new station systems into a century’s worth of existing infrastructure and systems, and worked within extremely confined physical space without interrupting busy daily rail operations.

The South 200th Link Extension project consists of a 1.6 mile extension to the light rail guideway, to the south of Sea-Tac Airport, and is anchored by Angle Lake Station as an interim terminus. VIA was the architectural lead on the design-build team comprised of partners PCL as lead contractor and HDR as lead engineering consultant. VIA’s role was to analyze the prescriptive elements of the station design, finding efficiencies, streamlining circulation, and providing a design concept that represented best value in the bid process.

For the subsequent design phase, VIA incorporated an ambitious sustainability program, including a rooftop photovoltaic …

Residents hang out in a ‘parklet’ created over street parking, on Main Street/21st Avenue, Vancouver BC. Image: City of Vancouver

Should the public sector continue to invest in parking?

That’s the fundamental question that VIA Senior Architect Dylan Glosecki will be discussing as part of “The Parking Revolution: build it and they won’t come” panel at 2018’s Urbanism Next Conference in Portland, Oregon, 5-7 March 2018.

The Parking Revolution will examine how the future – with shared mobility, technology and pricing—will change how we think about building more parking. See more about the 2018 Urbanism Next Conference on their website.

From automated vehicles to new forms of e-commerce, emerging technologies continue to shape and reshape urban environments. The Urbanism Next Conference will join private and public sector experts to share their knowledge on the impacts of technology on cities, over three session-packed days.

VIA Architecture is a proud supporter of Urbanism Next 2018.

Urbanism Next: The Parking Revolution: Tue 6th March, 1:30pm – 4:30pm (Venue TBA)

Full list of panelists:

Matt Shelden, AICP, Director, Planning & Innovation Planning, Environment & Project Development Department, Sound Transit Jemae Hoffman, ENV SP, EastLink Light Rail Development Manager (2018) Director for Sustainable Cities (through Dec 2017) and formerly from VIA Architecture (2017) Sound Transit (2018) Mark Hallenbeck, Director of the Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC), University of Washington Dylan Glosecki, Co Chair AIA Seattle, Urban Design Forum, Senior Architect, VIA Architecture and Planning Frank Ching, MBA, CPP, Board of Director & Executive Officer– National Parking Association Deputy Executive Officer of Countywide Planning Parking Management & …

Sound Transit and the Office of Housing have approved the joint proposal submitted by Bellwether Housing and Mercy Housing NW for the 6600 Roosevelt area. This new, mixed-use transit-oriented development (TOD) will be a large step forward in achieving Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) goals for more family–sized apartment units with the need to maximize the number of affordable units in the City.

VIA is leading the master planning and entitlement process for the development. The Bellwether-Mercy Housing team’s design focuses on creating dense, efficient housing for families, resulting in a greater number of expected residents than typical urban developments. By providing more apartment units with two and three bedrooms, families are more likely to find their future homes in this dense, transit-oriented development.

“This project is a perfect example of Sound Transit’s commitment to affordable housing. I’m grateful to the project team for their excellent proposal, the neighborhood for its tireless advocacy, and the City and Sound Transit for making this exciting project come to fruition.”

– Rob Johnson, Sound Transit Boardmember and Seattle City Councilmember.

The new Roosevelt Station, a key part of this development, is one of the two underground stations in the North Link extension. Roosevelt Station will open in fall 2021, providing light rail access to the University District and Northgate neighborhoods, as well as the broader Link Light Rail network. The site will also incorporate a range of active social service and retail/commercial uses which will be revealed by Sound Transit.

Matt Roewe, VIA Director, speaking on …