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Mar 10, 2017

 

 

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The AIA Seattle Urban Design Forum recently hosted a panel discussion on ‘The Grand Bargain’, an agreement negotiated between the City of Seattle, developers and housing advocates to implement some of the more impactful recommendations in the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). The presentation and discussion were led by Rick Mohler and Marty Kooistra, and provided an informative overview of this recently passed piece of legislation. VIA’s Dylan Glosecki, Co-Chair of the Urban Design Forum, attended and has detailed the major takeaways from the presentation. 

 

During the Urban Design Forum presentation, it was noted that while The Grand Bargain policies are aimed at providing affordable housing, they do not address the lack of family-sized housing units in the City’s newest multi-family buildings.

 

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‘The Missing Middle’

 

Nor do The Grand Bargain policies address what has been described as the ‘missing middle’ in Seattle: the lack of medium-density townhouses and small apartments that create transitions between single family neighborhoods and the 65’+ mixed-use construction that is becoming characteristic of Seattle’s Urban Villages.

 

Incentive ZoningSeattle citizens need to continue to voice their support for The Grand Bargain as the City Council votes on its implementation over thenext year. The policy is not yet a sure thing, city-wide. Additionally, to combat housing inequity and ensure our city supports an array of urban family types, citizens must stay engaged in housing policy discussions and encourage the City to pass more of the HALA recommendations and encourage the City to increase their focus on policy that creates family-sized units.

 

The discussion around HALA has been an ongoing topic for years now. We love some good stats here at VIA, .so below we offer our HALA cheat sheet, a more in-depth write up as to the makeup of this legislation, as well as some links to upcoming public engagements.

 

HALA Cheat Sheet:

The Grand Bargain

  • Affordable housing agreement between City, affordable housing advocates and developers.
  • Negotiated by HALA co-chairs, Mayor, Councilmember O’Brien, Housing Development Consortium, Coalition for Housing Solutions.
  • Past attempts focused on controlling developer profit and failed.
  • This attempt focused on generating affordable housing and what policies and land use changes would be necessary to generate affordable housing: upzones, Urban Village expansions and Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA).

Mandatory Housing Affordability plan (MHA)

  • Requires developers to build affordable housing on the site of new commercial or residential development or to pay a “Fee in Lieu”.
  • Affordable housing defined as rent-restricted to 60% Area Median Income (AMI) for 75 years.
  • In the UW Urban Center, developers are required to build 9% affordable units on site or pay $20 per sf of built area.

Mayor Murray’s goal

  • 20,000 total 60% AMI units constructed or acquired and rehabbed in next 10 years.
  • 3,700 units from residential MHA.
  • 2,400 units from commercial MHA.
  • 13,900 units from other (i.e. Seattle Housing Levy, MFTE, Preservation Tax Exemption, State Real Estate Excise Tax (REET 3), Increase State Housing Trust Fund, Federal government resources)

Average Seattle rent

  • $1989 = New Construction
  • $1641 = All units
  • $1009 = 60% Area Median Income (AMI) household spending 30% of income on rent.
  • Has increased 35% in last 5 years.
  • 45,000 households spend more than 50% of their income on housing.

Seattle Housing Levy

  • In August 2016, the Seattle Housing Levy was approved, dedicating $290 million towards affordable housing.
  • Passed with 70% voter approval.
  • Costs the average homeowner $122 per year over 7 years.

Multi Family Tax Exemption (MFTE)

  • Already in place and has been successful at incentivizing 80% AMI units in Seattle.

 

Upcoming HALA engagements to be on the lookout for:

Public Hearing on Downtown/South Lake Union Rezone
Monday, March 13, 6 – 8pm
@ Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers

Community Open House hosted by HALA
Thursday, April 27, 6 – 8pm
@ Hale’s Ales Brewery (All Ages)
4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107

 Community Open House hosted by HALA
Tuesday, May 16, 6 – 8pm
@ Washington Hall
153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

 

Links to the presentation and additional info on HALA:
The Grand Bargain Presentation
HALA Report

The Grand Bargain is a compromise between multiple stakeholders to implement the Mandatory Housing Affordability program (MHA) in Seattle’s Urban Villages. The agreement is unprecedented in Seattle history. Never before have Seattle developers and housing advocates been able to compromise on a policy with the potential to provide affordable housing at such a large scale. By implementing MHA, developers contribute by building affordable housing onsite or paying fees that fund affordable housing elsewhere in the City. To put the MHA requirements into effect, the City is making zoning changes that allow for more development in the City’s Urban Villages, offsetting the costs to developers for providing affordable housing. However, The Grand Bargain is a tenuous agreement that could fall through should any of the primary stakeholders become discontent and decide to litigate.

The major pieces of The Grand Bargain are the MHA program, upzoning in Urban Villages and the expansion of several Urban Village boundaries. The City Council will be voting on the implementation of The Grand Bargain policies in several stages. The City is currently conducting a series of public outreach workshops where Seattle citizens can share their voice to shape how the proposed policy will impact their specific neighborhood.  

The University District is the first Urban Village in which Grand Bargain policies are being implemented. The City Council unanimously passed the zoning changes in the University District in late February. Later this year, the City Council will consider implementing Grand Bargain policies in the Downtown and South Lake Union Urban Villages, followed by the International District and 23rd & Union-Jackson. The City Council will likely vote on a city-wide Urban Village rezone to implement Grand Bargain policy in the remaining Villages in 2018.

VIA Vancouver is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Transit/Urban Infrastructure Architect.

Key Skills:

  • Politically astute client and project lead comfortable presenting to and facilitating process with both public and private audiences;
  • Connecter of disciplines, clients, stakeholders and municipalities, building bridges to achieve the best results for the project;
  • 3D thinker comfortable with addressing complex sites,  geometries and stakeholder groups.

Responsibilities:  

  • Strategic leadership of Infrastructure and Transit market pursuits;
  • Project management and design team leadership;
  • Client care and communication.

 Desired Experience:

  • Licensed Architect with 10-15 years of professional practice;
  • Career focus and recent projects in complex multi-disciplinary public sectors such as transit architecture, urban design, or infrastructure design.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits are offered to employees, their spouses, domestic partners and families, including: medical/dental insurance, retirement funds contribution matching, and transit subsidy.

How to Apply:

Please submit cover letter, resume and work samples in PDF format (no more than 3MB please).

Email with “Urban infrastructure Architect” in subject-line.

Send to: Charlene Kovacs, Managing Director  — ckovacs@via-architecture.com

No phone calls or office visits please.

VIA is an equal-opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, disability, sex, sexual-orientation or gender-identity.

 

We are currently seeking candidates for the position of Intermediate Architect in our Seattle office.

We are interested in exceptional candidates with strong analytical and communication skills who are passionate and involved in community building at all scales. This person will work within our multidisciplinary team to coordinate and document multifamily residential and commercial projects.

Experience Requirements

  • Registered architect (or intern on registration path) with 8 to 10 years of experience
  • LEED AP preferred

Key Skills

  • Dedicated team player, excellent communicator, possessing demonstrated skill at the execution of technically complex projects.
  • Thorough familiarity with the technical considerations involved in coordinating and executing Type 5 wood frame multifamily residential and Type 1 concrete high-rise residential and commercial building types.
  • Strong experience in the management of documentation created in Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD. Fluency with production in these programs and other drawing programs such as SketchUp an asset.
  • Skill in the management and coordination of project documentation and preparation of graphic presentation material.
  • Strong experience in the management of collaborative design disciplines, including integrated project delivery experience.
  • Passion for high quality design and sustainable design. Experience with sustainable building rating systems an asset.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits, including medical/dental insurance, retirement funds contribution matching, and transit subsidy.

How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter, and “Intermediate Architect” in subject-line, to Catherine Calvert, Managing Director, at ccalvert@via-architecture.com.

  • Please include samples of your work, keeping total email size below 2 MB.
  • No phone calls or office visits please.
  • Applicants must meet minimum experience qualifications to be considered for this position.

We are seeking a mid-to-senior-level Urban Infrastructure Architect for our growing Oakland office.

About this position

This is your opportunity to make an impact in our start up Oakland office while benefitting from the intellectual capital, technical resources, and hands-on work-style of an established mid-size firm. We see this position as an opportunity to learn the “VIA way” to manage and design urban infrastructure while advancing your project management and practice leadership skills and responsibilities.

Responsibilities will generally be those of a project architect and might include:

  • Project management;
  • Project communications and consultant coordination;
  • Key role in all phases of design – from conceptual design through construction documentation –  with an emphasis on leading consultant and/or in-house design and documentation teams;
  • Self-directed research and development of building assemblies and details and their coordination with specifications;
  • Implementation of CAD and BIM standards and construction document production using Revit.

Experience Requirements

  • Architect or urban designer with 10 years of professional practice centered in complex multi disciplinary infrastructure projects such as transit or bridge work;
  • Licensed Architect (California License strongly preferred).

Key Skills

Applicants must meet minimum experience and skill qualifications to be considered for this position:

  • Career focus on urban design, architecture, sustainability, transportation planning or economic development
  • Dedicated team player, excellent communicator, with demonstrated detailed execution of complex urban infrastructure projects;
  • Experienced in the development of project scopes, budget management, and business development;
  • Proven team leader: responsible for design team (or sub-group of a larger team) performance, deliverables, and/or consultant coordination;
  • Experienced in the technical coordination of collaborative design disciplines, including integrated project delivery and 3-dimensional resolution of technical issues;
  • Experienced with high scrutiny public projects, outreach, and preparation of graphic presentation material.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits are offered to employees, their spouses, domestic partners and families, including: medical/dental insurance, retirement funds contribution matching, and transit subsidy.

How to Apply

VIA is an equal-opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, disability, sex, sexual-orientation or gender-identity.

Please submit cover letter, resume and work samples in PDF format (no more than 3MB please).

Email with “Urban infrastructure Architect” in subject-line.

Send to: Kate Howe, Director at khowe@via-architecture.com. No phone calls or office visits please.


 

We are also seeking a part-time Receptionist/Office Assistant (22.5 hrs/week) in our Vancouver office.

About this position

The right individual will have strong communications skills, a high level of initiative, adapt well to change, and work collaboratively as part of several teams including administration, accounting and IT.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Represent office as first point of contact for general inquiries by phone and for visitors to the office
  • Greet visitors and offer refreshments, order & set up requested refreshments/catering for meetings
  • Maintain and tidy meeting rooms and office-wide common areas
  • Organize and facilitate weekly staff meetings
  • Track and organize office supplies
  • Make travel arrangements for staff and clients as needed
  • Coordinate with vendor companies on support calls, ordering and invoicing
  • Assist Controller with light bookkeeping to include bank deposits, filing, reconciliation and reporting
  • Provide support for IT problems requiring physical hands-on support including light troubleshooting of hardware and software, workstations, monitors, printers and set up of AV for meetings
  • Other clerical/support duties as needed

Key Skills

Applicants must meet minimum experience and skill qualifications to be considered for this position:

  • Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, and prioritization skills
  • Team player that is willing to do a variety of tasks as needed
  • Good/Excellent Microsoft Word and Excel skills
  • Reception experience in a professional office environment strongly preferred
  • Experience in IT and/or Accounting support an asset

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package in a professional environment.

How to Apply

Please email PDF resume with cover letter with “Receptionist/Office Assistant” in subject-line to careers@via-architecture.com. No phone calls or office visits please.

Included in this post are the currently open positions in VIA’s Vancouver office. Job descriptions and experience requirements follow. Please refer to the How to Apply section at the bottom of this page for contact information.


 

SENIOR TECHNICAL ARCHITECTS

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

These people will supplement and work within our multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive technical architectural services for high-rise, wood frame, public transit and other commercial projects. We are interested in exceptional candidates with strong analytical, communication and technical skills who are passionate and involved in community building at all scales.

Experience Requirements

  • Registered architect with 10 – 15 years of architectural experience
  • LEED AP preferred

Key Skills

  • Proficiency in REVIT, AutoCAD & Sketchup.
  • Deep skills in architectural technical detailing, envelope design, and specifications writing.
  • Passion for green building; experience with sustainable building rating systems an asset.
  • Skill in the coordination and production of project documentation packages and preparation of graphic presentation material.
  • 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

 

TRANSIT / URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE EXPERIENCED ARCHITECTS

VIA Architecture is a strategic architectural and planning firm with offices in Vancouver BC, Seattle WA and San Francisco CA. We are a studio based practice leading a variety of local projects including transit systems design, mixed‐use infill architecture, community and downtown plans and urban sustainability strategies. We are currently seeking candidates for architectural positions with transit/urban infrastructure experience for our Vancouver office. These people will supplement and work within our multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive architectural services for public transit, urban infrastructure and other commercial projects. We are interested in exceptional candidates with strong analytical, communication and technical skills who are passionate and involved in community building at all scales.

Experience Requirements

  • Intern to Registered architect with 10 plus years of Canadian or US architectural experience.
  • LEED AP preferred but not mandatory.

Key Skills

  • Dedicated team player, excellent communicator, possessing demonstrated skill in design and execution of technically complex projects.
  • Interest in professional advancement to more senior levels and responsibilities through familiarity with the technical considerations involved in designing, documenting, coordinating and executing public transit, urban infrastructure and other commercial building types, including a passion for integrated sustainable design solutions.
  • Proficiency in REVIT, AutoCAD & Sketchup highly desired. Fluency with digital model rendering, Adobe and other graphic programs a plus.
  • Skilled in the preparation of graphic presentation materials, technical architectural detailing, and coordination of overall project documentation packages.
  • Experience with all project phases of design, construction documents and field services a plus.
  • Experience with the technical coordination of collaborative design disciplines and 3‐dimensional resolution of technical issues. , Integrated project delivery experience a plus.
  • Ability and experience with organizing, tracking and implementing project data, directives and design, tender and construction document production, consultant coordination and other support roles to the Senior Project Architect.
  • Experience with various construction and building types.
  • In depth knowledge of the BC Building Code.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to delegate supervise and mentor junior staff members.

 

ARCHITECTURAL GRADS / INTERNS

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

Experience Requirements

  • 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 programs 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_PositionApplyingFor” in subject‐line, attention Charlene Kovacs, ckovacs@via‐architecture.com.

  • Please include samples of your work, keeping total email size below 2 MB
  • No phone calls or office visits please
  • Applicants must meet minimum experience qualifications to be considered for these positions
  • Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted
  • Only those eligible to work in Canada need apply

 

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include medical/dental insurance and retirement funds contribution matching.

 

VIA Architecture Inc. is currently seeking a qualified candidate to join our team in the position of Controller in our Seattle office.

The Controller is accountable for the financial and risk-management operations of the company, with specific fiduciary duties and reporting to the company ownership. This includes development of a financial and operational strategy, the metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results.  These are all developed within the overall vision and business approach of the company ownership, with the responsibility of the Controller to ensure ethical regulatory compliance.

The ideal candidate will have at least ten year’s senior financial management experience with a professional services firm, an accounting degree (preferably a CPA license), as well as, excellent communication, judgment, and interpersonal skills.

Current knowledge of GAAP, FAR and WSDOT Audit Guidelines is highly desirable. Strong excel skills and financial software experience is desired, preferably utilizing Deltek Vision Software.

Principal responsibilities, and thereby accountability, lie in three general areas:

OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

  • Participate in key decisions as a member of the Operations Management team and manage risk by being an integral part of organizational processes
  • Provide timely, relevant information to owners / directors and clarify how the financial results relate to operational performance
  • Prepare and report on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analysis and forecasting needs
  • Develop financial and tax strategies
  • Assist in performing all tasks necessary to achieve VIA’s mission and help the managing directors with succession and growth plans
  • Raise awareness and knowledge of financial management matters
  • Provide financial liaison with VIA’s Canadian affiliate

 

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

  • Manage capital requests and budgeting processes, ensuring adequate controls are in place and that substantiating documentation is approved and that all purchases will pass independent and government audits
  • Assist in the design, implementation and timely calculations of bonuses and salaries for staff, and processing payroll, taxes and benefits
  • Oversee A/P, A/R and Payroll functions
  • Maintain the inventory of fixed assets, including purchases, depreciation and amortization, assuring all are in accordance with GAAP and federal tax regulations
  • Prepare and assess financial statements and budgets
  • Maintain appropriate insurance coverage, including professional liability insurance
  • Monitor cash balances and cash forecasts
  • Arrange for debt and equity financing

 

REGULATORY FILINGS

  • Ensure that the company complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Ensure that record keeping meets the requirements of auditors and government agencies
  • Prepare the year-end tax and financial statement compilation package for the external public accounting firm
  • Manage employee benefit plans, including all healthcare plans and the 401K plan
  • Maintain banking relationships

 

How to Apply:
Please email resume to bgeiss@via-architecture.com in PDF format with cover letter/email, and “Controller” in subject-line.

No phone calls or office visits please. Applicants must meet minimum experience requirements to be considered for this position.

 

We offer a comprehensive salary package with benefits commensurate with experience/skill level.

Amtrak Station at Freighthouse Square

TACOMA AMTRAK STATION AT FREIGHTHOUSE SQUARE

Since 2013 VIA has been hard at work on the Tacoma Amtrak Cascades Station at Freighthouse Square, the relocation of the Tacoma Amtrak station into the historic Freighthouse Square building in the emerging Tacoma Dome District.

Freighthouse Square was built in 1909 as a railroad terminus, later transformed, as it stands today, into an urban shopping center and the core of Tacoma’s active transportation hub. The cultural significance to the Tacoma community made this project a sensitive one, inspiring our team to design the new station to reference the historic and traditional shape of the current historic building while meeting current standards for seismic, thermal, and life safety performance. The new station will be the centerpiece of a multimodal hub that includes Sounder, Tacoma Link, ST Express bus, and Amtrak facilities.

On May 11, WSDOT announced that, after an intense and community-focused road to completion, construction on the station will begin this month with planned completion in 2017.

 

Link Light Rail Angle Lake Station

Angle Lake Station Under Construction

SOUND TRANSIT LINK LIGHT RAIL ANGLE LAKE  STATION

Sound Transit’s Angle Lake Link Light Rail Station is the interim terminus of the Seatac Airport to South 200th Link Light Rail line that will, upon station completion, run from Angle Lake through Seatac airport to downtown Seattle, ending at the recently-opened University of Washington station.

The station is an elevated center platform designed with sustainability in mind, featuring a rooftop photovoltaic array to generate close to 3% of station’s annual power needs and a rainwater harvesting system.

Construction on the station began in May of 2013. Train testing has begun and the station is slated to be operational in September of 2016.

Congratulations to VIA’s Sean Ruthen on being named one of the 2016 Fellows by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Each year, the College of Fellows of the RAIC bestows Fellowship to architects from across Canada in recognition of outstanding achievement.

You may congratulate Sean as he is inducted at the College of the Fellows Convocation this June during the Festival of Architecture in Nanaimo, BC.

A full list of this year’s fellows and more information can be found at RAIC.org.

VIA’s Sean Ruthen has continued to be an architecture advocate  since graduating from the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia in 2001. Consistent with this passion, Sean has the good fortune of having his writing on the subject regularly published in several urban design and architecture publications, including Canadian Architect, Nuvo Magazine,  and Spacing, with over 50 book reviews and feature articles contributed to the latter.

The excerpt below is part of a featured book review from Spacing Magazine, which can be read in full at this link.

Sarajevo reconstruction design, 1994, image courtesy lebbeuswoods.wordpress.com

Book Review: Slow Manifesto | Lebbeus Woods Blog

In Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, a fictitious narrative told by Marco Polo, the explorer recounts his visits to fantastical cities that defy description, despite his best efforts to try and summon them in our mind’s eye. The architecture of these cities could be one way to describe the work of the late Lebbeus Woods, especially so for his writing on architecture. What most may not realize, is that, for the last five years of his life, he posted regularly to his own WordPress blog space at www.lebbeuswoods.net. The site remains active to this day, with all the original posts.

Slow Manifesto | Lebbeus Woods Blog, new book featuring a selected number of posts from his blog published by Princeton Architectural Press and edited by Clare Jacobson, provides a fitting last testament for this great mind that we lost in 2012. While the editor admits to not having followed the blog while Woods was alive, despite having edited several of his books, the 300 plus entries he made between 2007 and 2012 provide more than enough material. As such, 150 selected by Jacobson, also a friend of the late architect and artist, provide his musings on an astonishing range of topics—from the state of architectural criticism to his thoughts on the activities of his contemporary starchitects.

Mr. Woods is, of course, more known for what he never built, and for what he said about it afterwards. His reconstruction sketches of Sarajevo, done while he was covering the conflict there in 1993, are perhaps his most compelling work, and are in the book represented in a blog post called ‘The Reality of Theory.’ As he himself says in the post, “My answer was that architecture, as a social and primarily constructive act, could heal the wounds by creating entirely new types of space in the city.” That he is fighting the good fight for architecture is the recurring theme in the book, whether he is commenting on the housing crash in 2008 in ‘Bad Faith,’ or recalling his then new vision for the World Trade Centre site in the ‘Locus of Memory.

Continue reading at Spacing Magazine.

 

For more information on Slow Manifesto | Lebbeus Woods Blog visit the Princeton Architectural Press website.

 

VIA’s Vacouver office is currently seeking candidates for architectural positions with transit/urban infrastructure experience. Those hired will supplement and work within our multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive architectural services for public transit, urban infrastructure, and other commercial projects. We are interested in exceptional candidates with strong analytical, communication and technical skills who are passionate and involved in community-building at all scales.

Experience Requirements

  • Intern to Registered architect with 10 plus years of Canadian or US architectural experience.
  • LEED AP preferred but not mandatory.

Key Skills 

  • Dedicated team player, excellent communicator, possessing demonstrated skill in design and execution of technically complex projects.
  • Interest in professional advancement to more senior levels and responsibilities through familiarity with the technical considerations involved in designing, documenting, coordinating and executing public transit, urban infrastructure and other commercial building types, including a passion for integrated sustainable design solutions.
  • Proficiency in REVIT, AutoCAD & Sketchup highly desired. Fluency with digital model rendering, Adobe, and other graphic programs a plus.
  • Be skilled in the preparation of graphic presentation materials, technical architectural detailing, and coordination of overall project documentation packages.
  • Experience with all project phases of design, construction documents and field services a plus.
  • Experience with the technical coordination of collaborative design disciplines and 3‐dimensional resolution of technical issues. Integrated project delivery experience a plus.
  • Ability and experience with organizing, tracking, and implementing project data, directives and design, tender and construction document production, consultant coordination, and other support roles to the Senior Project Architect.
  • Experience with various construction and building types.
  • In-depth knowledge of the BC Building Code.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to delegate, supervise, and mentor junior staff members.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits, including medical/dental insurance and retirement funds contribution matching.

How to Apply

Please email resume in PDF with cover letter/email, and “YourName_Intermediate Transit Architect/ Urban Infrastructure” in subject‐line, attention Charlene Kovacs, ckovacs@via‐architecture.com.

  • Please include samples of your work, keeping total email size below 2MB.
  • No phone calls or office visits please.
  • Applicants must meet minimum experience qualifications to be considered for these positions.
  • Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.