Senior project architects are responsible for overseeing design development, production of working drawings and construction documents on assigned architecture projects. They coordinate and lead teams through the design, development and contract phases of construction projects and monitor the progress of the project in accordance with contract scope and deliverables. Senior project architects manage the delivery of the project and work closely with clients. They also establish and maintain project budgets and schedules, and they monitor adherence to the terms of expectations per the client contract.
In order to work as a senior project architect, several years of experience in architecture are required as well as an architectural license. LEED-accredited (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) applicants have an edge over non-accredited candidates, though some employers may not require such accreditation. Educational requirements include at least a bachelor's degree in architecture, but master's degrees can be highly preferred. The architect should be able to effectively manage a team and promote collaboration, as well as set an example for the junior members of the team. Excellent communication skills--both written and oral--and a keen attention to detail are necessary. Senior project architects should be able to present projects with a sense of confidence in order to earn the trust of clients.They should also be able to travel as required for the project (to visit the project site or possibly for meetings with the clients).
Senior Project Architect Tasks
- Monitor project progress according to contract scope and deliverables.
- Coordinate and lead teams through design, development and contract phases of construction projects.
- Manage the project delivery process and work closely with clients.
- Oversee design development, production of working drawings, and construction documents on given projects.
- Establish and maintain budgets, schedules, and monitor adherence of terms of contract expectations.