Requisition ID:  22976

Lead Architect Design

Job Summary


Purdue University is a R1, public land-grant research university. The Lead Architect Design position will provide design guidance on exciting projects on campus and work together with many campus partners to facilitate and maintain the collaborative research and education environment.


A Lead Design architect works directly with the Director Architecture and the Campus Planning, Architecture, and Sustainability (CPAS) team. Supports campus planning and design efforts (including regional campuses and regarding Purdue facilities throughout Indiana). Participates in campus level master plans, college level master plans, and feasibility / conceptual design studies including facilities programming for new construction and renovations projects. Participates in design and construction projects regarding aesthetics, design intent, standard / guideline compliance, and evaluation of design options (including phasing plans.)


Serve as a technical resource on architecture for campus master planning activities. Establish and maintain university architectural design standards and specifications and assure that they are compliant with state and federal codes. Advise senior administration on solutions for architectural design and construction issues. May oversee and manage the budget and compliance process regarding accessibility requirements mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

What you'll be doing


Collaborates with Project Executives/Managers on master planning and development of feasibility / conceptual studies to guide consultant teams and internal stakeholders. Reviews and provides feedback on consultant deliverables. Develops briefings for senior leadership summarizing consultant deliverables, establishing a compelling business case (articulating value, prioritizing need, and justifying investment), and framing required decision points. Advises the Director Architecture on architectural, planning, and programming related matters. Evaluates operations and activities of assigned responsibilities. Prepares reports and white papers on operations and activities, recommending improvements and modifications. Manage student interns for studies and investigations of campus conditions or needs.


Represents CPAS on design and construction projects providing architectural input regarding programming, building siting, massing, exterior and interior aesthetics, building performance, Sustainability, and materials selection. Knowledge of building code and Accessibility Standards. Provide design oversight of consultant teams. Attend regular project meetings. Report project status back to CPAS team.


Collaborate with campus stakeholders to develop and implement studies and facilities programming initiatives by building relationships with campus constituents, building consensus, finding common ground, and managing obstacles. Leverage available resources by engaging campus partners, consultants, and community stakeholders. Work with campus stakeholders to prioritize initiatives. Development of one-page briefing memos regarding project initiatives. 


Work closely with clients in departments throughout the university. Assist the Director of Architecture and clients with the planning process on new buildings, renovations, and campus moves to help the client’s department be successful in their mission. Make efforts to understand client questions/requests and respond with answers and solutions. Work to build a spirit of trust, collaboration, and teamwork.


Understand and consider the global nature of the University. Work effectively with people from different viewpoints and backgrounds. Recognize the advantages that diversity can bring. Apply the University’s Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity policy and contribute toward achieving unit goals. Perform other duties as assigned.


What you must have


  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Planning, or a related field and six (6) years of related experience required. 
  • Master's degree is preferred. Must be a registered architect in the State of Indiana, or able to obtain registration within 60 days of date of hire. Six years of architectural, planning, and programming experience.
  • Ability to support design and technical process for medium and large projects.
  • Experience with detailing and specifying architectural building systems.
  • Experience applying ADA requirements within a variety of space types and at varying scales.
  • Experience with planning principles, strategies, and projects including programming, architectural design, and interior design.
  • Experience with project management of initiatives in support of the implementation of short- and long- term strategic goals within a complex, matrixed organization.
  • Project management experience should include coordination, running meetings, developing meeting minutes/notes, multiple forms of communication, ability to synthesize information and data into management briefings, managing project schedules, and meeting leadership expectations for implementation.
  • Experience working in a higher education context is preferred.
  • LEED Accredited Professional credential is preferred.


What is nice to have:

  • Master's Degree and experience working in higher education is preferred.

What we want you to know

  • All new hires will be expected to follow Protect Purdue guidelines, learn more.
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  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment authorization for this position
  • The hours for this position are Monday through Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • A Background Check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt 
  • Retirement Eligibility: Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

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