Entry level of professional work requiring bachelor's degree in architecture and no experience, or degree equivalent education and experience. Works under close supervision; receives specific and detailed instructions regarding tasks and expected results. Performs elementary architectural assignments and works from designs of others, compiles data, performs elementary design computations, makes quantity takeoffs and prepares estimates, prepares architectural plans/renderings, and inspects architectural features of structures in field.
Developmental level performs routine architectural assignments under direct supervision. Works from designs of others, compiles data, performs design computations, makes quantity takeoffs and prepares estimates, prepares architectural plans and renderings, consults manufacturers, evaluates materials, writes architectural specifications, and inspects architectural features of structures in the field. Limited judgment is required on work details when making preliminary selections and adaptations of alternatives. Assignments may include higher-level work for training/development purposes. Generally requires minimum of 1 year Architect 1 or related experience, or an MS degree. Supervisor screens assignments for unusual or difficult problems and selects techniques/procedures for non-routine work. Receives close supervision on new aspects of assignments. Performs specific/limited portions of assignments suited to more experienced architects using prescribed methods.
Independently evaluates, selects, and applies standard architectural techniques, procedures, and criteria using judgment for minor adaptations and modifications. Assignments have clear and specific objectives requiring investigation of limited set of variables. Generally requires minimum of 1 year Architect 2 or related work experience. Receives instruction on specific assignment objectives, complex features, and possible solutions. Assistance is required on unusual problems and assignments reviewed for sound application of professional judgment. Performs architectural assignments with direction, not immediate supervision and with limited design responsibility. Recommends and selects procedures. Writes reports and specifications covering architectural matters. May be assisted by architects or technicians. May be responsible for phases of individual revenue-producing projects.
Fully competent architect in all conventional aspects of architecture. Performs work requiring independent judgment in evaluation, selection, and substantial adaptation/modification of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria. Independently solves problems encountered. Generally requires minimum of 2 years' Architect 3 or related experience. Registration as a licensed architect maybe required. Performs architectural assignments under general supervision. Selects and determines procedures in architectural matters. Writes reports and specifications. Reviews completed reports, plans, estimates, and calculations. Prepares and/or supervises preparation of architectural plans and renderings, consults manufacturers, evaluates and selects materials, and inspects architectural features of structures in the field. Independently performs most assignments with instruction concerning general results expected. Receives technical guidance on unusual or complex issues and supervisory approval on proposed project plans. Supervises a few architects or technicians on assigned work.
Applies sound and diverse knowledge of architectural principles and practices in broad array of assignments and related fields. Acts independently regarding architectural methods and complexities. Requires use of advanced techniques and modification/extension of theories, precepts, and practices of individual's field. Registration as licensed architect required in most firms. Supervision and guidance mainly concern overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts, and policy matters. Consults with supervisor regarding unusual complexities and developments. Performs more visible architectural work with responsibility for independent action and decision. Plans, directs, and supervises architectural aspects of report, design, or construction projects. Responsible for finished plans, specifications, or approval of materials and construction. Typical duties/responsibilities include one or more of following: 1) supervises, coordinates, and reviews work of small staff of architects and technicians, 2) as individual researcher or staff specialist, carries out complex or novel assignments requiring development of new or improved techniques and procedures.
Responsible for interpreting, organizing, executing, and coordinating assignments. Plans and develops architectural projects concerning unique and/or controversial complexities which significantly impact major company programs. Involves exploration of subject area, definition of scope, selection of items for investigation, and development of novel concepts and methods. Maintains liaison with individuals and units in or outside firm with responsibility for technical matters pertaining to individual's field. Registration as licensed architect required. Supervision received is mainly administrative, with assignments based on broad, general objectives and limits. Typical duties/responsibilities include one or more of following: 1) plans, organizes, and supervises work of staff of architects and technicians (approx. 10-20 individuals), 2) as individual researcher, consultant, or staff specialist conceive plans and conducts research in areas of considerable scope and complexity.
Makes authoritative decisions and recommendations of significant impact on firm's primary architectural activities. Initiates and maintains contacts with key architects and officials of other organizations and companies, requiring skill in persuasion and negotiation of critical issues. Individual demonstrates creativity, foresight, and maturity in architectural judgment when anticipating and solving unprecedented architectural complexities, determining program objectives and requirements, organizing programs and projects, and developing standards and guides for diverse architectural activities. Registration as licensed architect is required. Typical duties and responsibilities include one or more of following: (1 planning, organizing, and supervising work of large staff of architects and technicians (greater than 20 individuals), 2) As individual researcher or consultant, is recognized leader/authority in firm concerning broad area of specialization or narrow but highly specialized field.
Makes authoritative decisions and recommendations of significant impact on firm's primary architectural activities. Negotiates critical and controversial issues with top-level architects, engineers, and officers of other organizations and firms. Individual demonstrates high degree of creativity, foresight, and judgment in planning, organizing, and guiding extensive and/or unique architectural programs and activities. Registration as licensed architect is required. Receives general administrative direction. Responsible for one or more diverse and large-scope programs critical to overall firm objectives. Supervises several individuals of Architect 7 classification.
Architectural Department Head (Non-Partner/Principal)
Provides technical and administrative supervision to Department assuring the technical, administrative, man-hour, and schedule targets are met within framework of established corporate policy and in accordance with applicable professional standards, design-control procedures, corporate and divisional procedures, and design guidelines.