Joe MacDonald founded Urban A&O in New York while serving as an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, his alma mater. He regularly incorporates his academic research into practice at the scales of exhibition, building, interiors, landscape and master planning and his work has been published and exhibited widely. His practice emphasizes parametric modeling, design, and research, leveraging the powerful tools of parametric-based software and digital fabrication processes to produce sculptural and geometrically complex forms and environments to be experienced within the public sphere. The resulting innovative work tests the limits of material and space through the development of radically new geometries with strong conceptual underpinnings.
In the studio work of Urban A&O, after careful consideration and an expanded research net to include Europe and Scandinavia in particular, they thoughtfully question contemporary models and metrics for Sustainability currently standardized in the USA, however LEED experience is necessary for this role. By combining their longstanding research and practice in computation design with new understandings of resilience, Urban A&O envisions a future of “computational machines”, where a balance between performance and character are met.
We are looking for a high performing Project Architect/Senior Designer with experience in all phases of Architectural production. The ideal applicant will be extremely self-motivated, highly curious and have the ability to think and work on multiple projects at once. You will be involved in all aspects of design and construction and a person who thinks and works at the broadest and smallest of scales. The position involves contributing to the production, coordination and management of projects from design concept through construction administration. this is an exciting opportunity to work on a new building type within a masterplan designed by Urban A&O for the largest green infrastructure project in the USA, located in Nevada. This person will have a minimum of 5-8 years of in-firm/office experience. Remote work is ok. Compensation is highly competitive. Applicants should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and demonstrate a strong ability in the following:
- Able to lead/guide a team on all phases of a project
- Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Strong client facing abilities
- Strong graphic and visual presentation skills
- Construction Documentation, (including design details)
- Fluency in AutoCAD and Adobe Creative Suite
- Expertise in Rhino, grasshopper, and various ecological and environmental plug-ins
- Strong in vendor management; HVAC, lighting, board approvals, landscape and master plan design.
- Comfortable presenting ideas – both internally and externally
*FULL PORTFOLIOS SHOULD INCLUDE: Concept Design, DD/CD Sets, shop drawings/redlines, etc. Please do not submit a resume without a full portfolio.
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Urban A&O is an equal opportunity employer, with a 50% women and 50% Asian/Pacific workforce.