Enclosure Design Specialist

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Location: New York, NY, USA
Added on: 21 Dec 2023, Job offer expires on: 31 Mar 2024

At SOM, we are a collective committed to shaping a better future for our clients, communities and planet. We aspire to create the most sustainable, impactful work through creative, interdisciplinary teams with all the resources and diversity of a global firm. We value those who are passionate about excellence, innovation, integrity, inclusivity, and collaboration. Together we can achieve great things.


Success at SOM Means

  • Ideas: We believe in a meritocracy of ideas. We look to everyone to actively contribute to the discourse in the firm.
  • Knowledge: We believe that expertise is the result of lifelong learning. We are not expected to know everything, but rather to passionately pursue answers, develop new skills and deepen our knowledge.
  • Product: We strive for excellence in the concept, quality, and delivery of our work.
  • Individual: We value individuals who bring the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity in the way they work. Each person can develop and contribute their wealth of attributes, skills and knowledge to support the overall health of the firm.
  • Team: We value the power of interdisciplinary integration. A positive team culture in which everyone collaborates openly towards common goals is essential.
  • Firm: We have a history of making transformative contributions to the profession and our communities. We are constantly innovating and attempting to bring new approaches, solutions and processes to our work.


Position Responsibilities

  • Enclosure Design at SOM specializes in performance based conceptual thinking, analysis, technical resolution and delivery of exterior building envelopes to achieve a project’s design and performance aspirations. A building’s envelope physically separates the exterior environment from the interior, addressing all required aspects of building system integration and is responsive to the environment surrounding a building including exterior vertical and horizontal surfaces, both below grade and above.
  • Actively leads the technical enclosure portions of one or multiple Projects with periodic supervision by Project technical Leadership during all phases. Exhibits initiative, process innovation, problem solving, and decision quality with a high attention to precision, aesthetics and accuracy.
  • Performs and/or directs material and building enclosure research, analysis and participates in the coordination and preparation of project specifications.
  • Produces, coordinates and/or oversees enclosure presentation content and contract deliverables such as diagrams, 3D models, drawings, specifications and performance analysis.
  • Participates in construction phase services specific to building enclosure systems including: bid scope reviews, review of shop drawings and submittals, coordination and development of responses to inquiries and RFIs, preparation of punch-lists and field observation reports. Makes appropriate value judgements independently and together with SOM leadership as required in respect to field corrective work in support of the design concepts and performance goals of the project.
  • Effectively communicates internally with project teams and externally with consultants and clients through timely and appropriate written, oral, and visual means.
  • Creates and innovates with a strong conceptual design ability and integrates interdisciplinary criteria to effectively move forward the enclosure design of project(s).
  • Actively collaborates at a project, consultant team, and client team level by critically and constructively evaluating ideas. Contributes to and actively participates within the studio and office.
  • Demonstrates an advanced understanding of building materials, systems, specifications, codes, details and construction techniques. Is able to enrich design concepts through technical strategies and effectively uses appropriate tools to design and document at all project phases.
  • Manages time and workload of own work efforts and those of others to meet project task deadlines and commitments, with occasional interaction and direction from team leaders while guiding and teaching less experienced staff.


Leadership Responsibilities

  • Inspires and leads others by example, participates in staff mentoring and training, clearly defines team member expectations and responsibilities, empowers others, and delegates where appropriate based on team members’ recognized abilities and potential.
  • Directly supervises staff and is committed to direct reports’ professional development.
  • Develops and engages in talent strategy to find specialists, leaders, and future professionals for the firm through resume review and interviews.
  • In collaboration with team members, develops a clear and consistent work plan to achieve the project budget, deliverables, and schedule.
  • Actively engages in internal and external professional development opportunities.
  • Contributes to the implementation of sustainable strategies in all project assignments and the associated development of staff knowledge.
  • Contributes to the development of standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Protects SOM from financial and legal risk.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Completion of a professional degree in Architecture or a related field.
  • Minimum 6 years of professional experience, professional licensure process is close to completion.
  • Experience in most if not all phases of enclosure project work including preparation of conceptual, schematic, design development, construction documents including supporting materials, tendering and construction administration.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of architectural practice with a particular focus on the design, documentation and execution of building enclosure systems.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in Revit and AutoCAD. Knowledge of specialty software like Rhino, Window Glass Design, Therm, Mepla, Grasshopper and other software to visualize and analyze enclosure assemblies is desired.
  • Demonstrates awareness of latest industry wide initiatives, technologies and processes in the A/E/C community.
  • Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with all project participants
  • LEED accreditation preferred.

Are you ready to join a team of creative professionals working on transformational projects around the world? Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to build a better future with SOM.

Our Benefits:

Health and Wellness: Medical, dental, vision, disability, and life & accident insurance
Savings: 401K matching, pre-tax spending accounts, and employee discount programs
Work/Life Balance: Hybrid/Flexible schedules, paid family leave, paid vacation, backup child and elder care, and an employee assistance program
Professional Development: Reimbursement for professional licenses, associated renewals, and exam fees as well as specialized in-house career development

Compensation for this role is based upon experience, qualifications, location, and education and typically ranges from $90,000 to $110,000.

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Our Culture:

Our creative, interdisciplinary teams work like small, dynamic studios, with all the resources and diversity of a global firm. Here, you’ll collaborate with industry experts on some of the most exciting and transformative architecture, engineering, and planning projects in the world.

We believe an inclusive environment improves our teams, our firm, and our communities and are passionate about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Our DEI Action Plan was created to bring meaningful change to our profession, starting with our own culture and practices.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Visit this page to learn more about SOM’s employment policy as well as additional information such as a privacy notice for California residents and how to apply offline.

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