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S2 Architecture

Join our dynamic and collaborative team

You Are:

A highly collaborative and creative designer and are driven by passion for innovation and excellence. You bring a unique blend of creativity and technical skills to the design process, seeking new ways to push boundaries and elevate projects to new heights. You collaborate closely with team members, clients, and consultants through brainstorming and refining designs to meet both functional design requirements and aesthetic goals. You have an enthusiasm for design and eager to contribute your talents to projects that inspire and challenge. You thrive in a dynamic yet professional environment where you interact with diverse teams and individuals across multiple locations.

We Are:

A people-centered organization focused on creating architectural solutions that elevate and inspire human experiences. We love sustainable design and highly functional approaches that truly make a difference in the lives of our clients and the people whom the spaces are designed for. We’re big on mentorship, work-life balance, and collaboration. S2 Architecture operates with offices in three locations, and we spearhead projects across Western Canada.

Our employee benefits include:

  • Competitive health and dental insurance plan 
  • Employee life and dependent life insurance 
  • Long-term disability  
  • Employee Family Assistance Program
  • Flexible work hours 
  • Continuing education / professional development
  • Social activities 
  • RRSP, Health or Wellness spending accounts
  • S2 days for extra time to spend with family
  • Personal / sick time
  • Flexible work hours / Work from home options
  • Profit sharing program – S2PSP open to all employees

Role Summary:

The senior architect / designer is responsible for various aspects of the project, including the day – to – day delivery of a project or multiple projects from concept through to completion. They will be responsible for design continuity, and senior leadership throughout all stages of the project. This role requires advanced experience and knowledge of the project delivery process and the ability to anticipate and troubleshoot as required. This role will include working directly with Principals and Clients and will represent the firm to client groups, sub-consultants, contractors and public authorities and will work in collaboration with all project team members in a senior architect’s capacity.

What you will require:

Education, Licenses & Certifications:
  • Degree from a school of Architecture / Design, Undergraduate or Masters, or
  • Registration with Provincial Architectural Association (Registered Architect)
Experience:
  • Minimum 8-10 years of relevant experience in design/architectural/engineering industry
  • Post-secondary training in architectural design

What You Will Work On:

  • Capable of providing leadership in design and mentoring team members
  • Coordinate and deliver presentations to a variety of user groups
  • Contribute to business development initiatives such as Request for Proposals, Fee Proposals
  • Regular review of monthly client and consultant invoices
  • Oversee project status, schedule and costs 
  • Coordinate/Assist in the development of representations of conceptual design options for further discussion by the design team
  • Guide the preparation of drawings, models, visuals, graphics, and other documents relating to the project design
  • Develop programming aspects of the project design
  • Exercises maturity in architectural judgement in anticipating and solving complexities, determining project objectives and requirements
  • Coordinate and administer client and / or consultant meetings
  • Manage client relationships and actively develop these throughout the project process
  • Assist and guide where necessary project presentations including drawings and sketches
  • Assist and guide the illustration of the scale and character of a project
  • Is able to work on multiple projects of different scales at various project stages of the project delivery process
  • Ensure projects are delivered effectively through efficient resource management and achieving scheduled milestones
  • Coordinate and provide guidance to project consultants as required.
  • Develop project work plans, schedules, and budgets
  • Liaise with authorities having jurisdiction as required for approval processes
  • Oversee/Prepare required documentation for clients and / or consultants
  • Coordinate/liaise with construction drawing team and implement information from consultants
  • Guide the development of construction documentation with the technical team
  • Liaise with the construction administration department with respect to design questions and or issues during the construction phase.
  • Mentor and facilitate development of Senior/Intermediate Design staff
  • May be required to provide support or assist with various tasks at various skills levels as may be required for project and / or firm success

You Will Need the Following Knowledge Competencies:

  • Advanced+ understanding of all phases of the design delivery process and how they are interconnected
  • Advanced+ understanding of project functionality
  • Advanced+ understanding of project management functions
  • Advanced+ understanding of building, fire, and energy codes
  • Advanced+ understanding of the design and construction process
  • Advanced+ understanding of specifications / project manuals
  • Advanced+ understanding of building materials and installation methods
  • Advanced+ understanding of local authority processes
  • Advanced+ understanding of architectural document preparation and layouts
  • Advanced+ understanding of building envelope and principles
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Bluebeam REVU
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Sketch-Up

S2 Architecture is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to the principle and practices of employment equity. We invite all qualified individuals, including persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and Aboriginal Peoples to apply for our career opportunities.

How to Apply:

If you think you are the right person to step into this fast-paced and exciting position, please submit your resume and cover letter to the attention of Jane Kratochvil at jobs@s2architecture.com.