Otak is adding to our thriving Architecture team and seeking a Senior Project Architect who is interested in growing within our organization. If you have a passion for creating projects that better our communities, care for the environment and raise the level of excellence in the world around us, we would like to hear from you! Our entire firm is committed to sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and design that elevates the human experience. We are looking for individuals that have leadership potential, a desire to mentor staff and like to have fun.
The Senior Project Architect is responsible for the planning and design of structures such as multifamily housing, commercial, and mixed-use projects. The Senior Project Architect collaborates with the project team in all aspects of the project design, coordinating with all project team members to ensure the work is completed within the project schedule, maintaining and managing client expectations, and leading the documentation throughout all phases, including the necessary design and jurisdictional reviews.
Otak’s Architects and Urban Designers produce enduring structures and designs. We establish places that are creative yet practical, modern yet timeless. Our experts bring sustainable design and design excellence to every project, from multifamily housing and transit centers to community buildings and everything in between.
This position may be based out of our Portland, OR or Denver, CO office location.
If you are out of the area and interested in relocating for this opportunity, relocation assistance may be provided. Also, no matter where you live, and consistent with Otak’s commitment to active transportation and climate-friendly policies, the successful candidate for this position may be eligible for an E-Bike or Signing Bonus!
What you’ll do:
Collaborate with the project team to facilitate the development of design solutions with an emphasis on design excellence, quality control and best practice standards for delivery of a fully coordinated set of construction documents.
Mentor and direct the work of less experienced staff. Collaborate and energize the design team to develop solutions to design problems.
Participate in project reviews regarding project costs, budgets and adherence to schedule.
Interact with clients to define distinctions or points of clarification to achieve project goals.
What you'll bring:
Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible experience in Architecture.
Bachelor's degree in Architecture is required. Master's degree preferred.
Professional Architectural Registration required.
Experience with Revit, AutoCAD and SketchUp.
Renovation project experience is a plus.
Knowledge of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Project Delivery methods.
Historic preservation, public or federal project experience is desired.
Experience in Oregon & SW Washington with local agency building departments is a plus.
COVID-19 vaccination is required or an approved exception.
Salary Range: $80,000 to $110,00 per year
At our core, we believe that supporting our communities begins with supporting our employees. No matter what stage you’re at in your career, we have a comprehensive total rewards program to enhance your quality of life, help support your family, and assist you in achieving your personal and professional goals. Otak employees enjoy competitive salaries; discretionary performance bonuses; no-cost medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, HRA/HSA; a 401(k)-retirement match that is 100% vested immediately; Paid Time Off (PTO) accrual based on your industry experience rather than your seniority plus 9 paid holidays per year; a commuter allowance (based on your office location); support for your professional registration and/or certification fees; and much more! If you are out of the area and interested in relocating for this opportunity, relocation assistance may be provided.
Why work at Otak?
When you work at Otak, you aren’t just joining a firm — you’re joining a community. We believe our best work happens in a culture of collaboration and inclusion, where the expertise of diverse individuals can thrive in a foundation of teamwork. The work environment we create is built on a simple concept: working on interesting projects with interesting people. However, we don’t just believe in cultivating our own community; we’re also committed to enriching the communities around us with smart, creative solutions. We know our employees make an investment in us, so we’re committed to making an investment in them. Seasoned experts and young professionals work together to encourage personal growth and skill development at all experience levels. Plus, we’re expanding — and we’re dedicated to developing an internal infrastructure with the strength and talent to support that growth.
What is it really like to work at Otak? Watch this short video: Our Why
Otak employees have a progressive mindset and sustainable community perspective. We encourage our staff to volunteer in their communities by giving them an option to earn extra vacation time for their volunteer hours. Otak combines the best of a small firm mentality with strong collaboration across disciplines with the plentiful opportunities to work on exciting projects offered by a growing firm. We also encourage life balance and foster a fun work environment. Our Northwest sensibilities are reflected in our commitment to sustainability and diversity. And believing that diversity fosters innovation and strengthens our skills, we embrace a culture of inclusion and equity in our company and in our communities.
Otak is proud to be an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. The Equal Opportunity policy at Otak, Inc. provides a fair and equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, nation origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, protected veteran status or disability or any other status(es) protected by law. Otak ensure nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and mandatory supplements to EEO (revisions).
At Otak, we recognize that inclusion is a practice and we are determined to lead our industry by embedding that practice into our work. Cultivating an inclusive workplace environment is ongoing and consistent work, requiring dedication and commitment from every member of the organization. This commitment is reflected in Otak’s promise to significantly increase employee diversity, impact the communities in which we work, and establish ongoing relationships within these communities.
Otak’s Vision for an Inclusive Environment includes the following:
We embrace diverse identities, and willingly engage across difference
All employees can experience the workplace safely and show up as their authentic selves
Fostering unique perspectives and an open exchange of ideas
Engaging one another with curiosity rather than judgment
Relationships are built on mutual trust, dignity, and respect
If you are a minority, veteran, person with a disability, or a member of the LGBTQA Community, we strongly encourage and welcome you to apply to any open position of interest. If you want to learn more about Otak, this position, or the company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, contact our Human Resources Department at GRPHumanResources@otak.com.
*Please note, Otak is not accepting resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies at this time.
Our drive to make positive change in our communities is about more than just technical work–it’s equally from the deep personal connection we all have to the places we work–which happens for us to be place we live and play as well. As a leading planning, design, sustainable engineering, and project management firm, we bring our expertise to natural and built environments across the United States, making them more vibrant, beautiful, and functional.
Since our founding in 1981, our urban designers, architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, surveyors, and project managers have demonstrated that it is possible to be both practical and innovative. It is what we do; but why we do it is equally important and it has led us to our best work: whether that is integrating transit into a dense urban neighborhood or engaging with a community to put a mixed-use high-rise in a sensitive community context or working in the unique and sacred environment of a National Park. We are deeply interested and invested in the projects we do, with a passion for our clients’ vision. With a team of multidisciplinary experts, we add diverse experience and a forward-thinking approach to every pr...oject. We carefully consider how our work will affect future generations and that leads us to novel yet effective ways of addressing common challenges.