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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” 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.
  • Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits include extended medical coverage and retirement funds contribution matching.
  • For more information about VIA Architecture, please visit our website at via-architecture.com.

We are currently seeking candidates for our internship program in our Seattle office. There are two positions available: one for summer 2018 (July – September) and one for winter 2018-2019 (October 2018 – June 2019). These individuals will supplement and work within our multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive architectural and/or planning 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. Applicants with either an architectural, planning, or combined background will be considered. Prior office experience is not required.

Experience Requirements

  • Junior Intern with 0 – 3 years of experience
  • Proficiency in Adobe, Rhino & Sketchup highly desired.
  • Fluency with digital model rendering, Revit, Autocad and other graphic programs a plus
  • Be skilled in the preparation of graphic presentation material

Key Skills

  • Dedicated team player, excellent communicator, a self-starter possessing analytic and problem solving capabilities
  • Creative thinker with confidence to contribute new ideas and research to the firm
  • Interest in developing new skills and diving deeper into the profession

 

How to Apply

Please email resume in PDF with cover letter/email, and “YourName_Intern Program” in subject‐line, attention Jenny Burdzinski, jburdzinski@via‐architecture.com

  • Please note which position interests you (summer 2018 or winter 2018-2019)
  • 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.
  • Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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

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 array that will generate 2.5% of the station’s annual power needs and rainwater harvesting to serve 100% of the station’s landscape irrigation needs. Completed in September 2016, the project achieved LEED Gold certification, which is the second train station in the United States to achieve this status. The project won an ACEC Silver Award for Transportation, and will go on to compete at the ACEC National Awards in Washington DC in April.

 

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 & Shared Mobility, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro)

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 the collective effort behind the winning submission said, “This was a phenomenal group effort to create a highly dynamic, family friendly, neighborhood friendly, Sound Transit friendly, retail diverse and rich, and 100% affordable project.”

The above image shows the grand steps that will lead to the Village Square, as viewed from the new Green Street on NE 66th Street. Read Sound Transit’s announcement of the Roosevelt TOD here.

Angle-Lake-LEED-Gold

With an original target of LEED Silver, we’re happy to announce that Angle Lake Station has officially achieved LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council! This was welcome news that stands apart from most your typical transit station project. It is uncommon for rail stations to be certifiable under LEED’s New Construction score card due to the limited extent of conditioned spaced and lack of FTE occupants. The project, created through the design-build delivery method, was offered no special incentives to go above and beyond a minimum sustainability target. Through a rigorous design process across multiple collaborative teams, the project resulted in a station that exemplifies a dedication to fostering sustainability.

“The Angle Lake Station exemplifies the creative ways in which transit facilities can function as sustainable resources in their communities. Achieving LEED Gold status for our newest Link station is a testament to Sound Transit’s commitment to use taxpayer dollars to design and build facilities that contribute to the health of our environment here in the Puget Sound region.”

– Sound Transit Chief Executive Officer Peter Rogoff.

 

VIA was the architectural lead of the design-build team (comprised of PCL as lead contractor and HDR as lead engineer consultant). VIA incorporated an ambitious sustainability program, including a rooftop photovoltaic array that will generate 2.5% of the station’s annual power needs and rainwater harvesting to serve 100% of the station’s landscape irrigation needs.

Angle Lake Station is the first light rail station in the Northwest to certify LEED Gold, setting a new standard for future designs. We here at VIA could not be more thrilled to have worked with such a forward-looking client and team.

For even more information on the project, see what Sound Transit have to say about Angle Lake Station here.

Black Shed White Spring Ranch

Image courtesy White Spring Ranch Museum/Archive Library Facebook page

Architecture students at Washington State University’s School of Design and Construction (SDC) have recently wrapped up a long standing project at White Spring Ranch Musem/Archive Library in Genessee, Idaho. The project, titled ‘Black Shed,’ is a barn for storage that also acts as an amphitheater for the Ranch to support community events.

VIA’s Managing Director Wolf Saar, acting as part of SDC’s Architectural Advisory Board, helped contribute mentorship to the group of students that worked to design and build the project. Over the course of two years the students worked tirelessly to develop Black Shed from its original planned form in 2015. The students can be seen on the Ranch’s Facebook page engaged in constructing the shed, even in some of western Idaho’s most temperamental weather. Snow storms are an annual occurrence on the Palouse, though this does not appear to have slowed down the determined group.

The students were led by Taiji Miyasaka, Associate Professor at WSU. The shed will be unveiled at the Ranch’s annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social on July 15th.

 

VIA Vancouver is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Design Lead Architect.

Key Skills

  • 3D thinker comfortable with addressing complex sites, geometries and design challenges;
  • 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.

Responsibilities  

  • Strategic leadership of design on a wide range of projects and project types;
  • Project management and design team leadership;
  • Client care and communication.

Desired Experience

  • Licensed Architect with 10-20 years of professional practice;
  • Career focus and recent projects in complex multi-disciplinary public and private sectors, including mixed use development and transit/infrastructure.

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 2MB) to Charlene Kovacs, Managing Director, at ckovacs@via-architecture.com. Please include “Design Lead Architect” in subject-line.

 

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.

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 2MB) to Charlene Kovacs, Managing Director, at ckovacs@via-architecture.com. Please include “Urban infrastructure Architect” in subject-line.

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 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 – Architectural Interns

  • Junior Intern with 2 to 5 years of Canadian architectural experience
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, 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.
  • Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits include extended medical coverage and retirement funds contribution matching.

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