Architect - Bloomberg School of Public Health

Industry: Facilities Management
Location: Maryland - Baltimore
Sector: Higher Education
Search ID: 21-0904-04
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Thomas M. Dunn
Thomas M. Dunn


Johns Hopkins University has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure an Architect for the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Position Summary

The Planning, Design & Construction (PD&C) department is responsible for all major and minor capital projects for the School of Public Health (SOPH). Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Planning, Design & Construction, the Architect provides planning, space use analysis, programming, design development, additional evaluations, and provides guidance of interior and exterior design issues during the design and construction of major and minor capital projects. The Architect provides oversight and guidance of campus building, space planning, design efforts, and develops and maintains design guidelines/standards for building, space, landscape, and campus development. They also review work by outside consultants to ensure conformance with plans, standards, and design intent. 

The Architect is part of a tight-knit unit and expected to regularly collaborate with other SOPH staff, internal customers, and other key stakeholders to provide comprehensive oversight of planning, design, and construction projects. Along with possessing technical expertise as an architect, this position will be a visible member of the PD&C department and require the ability to translate clients’ needs into real and practical solutions.

Essential Job Functions

  • Perform technical analyses of existing building architectural systems to inform recommendations regarding design, functionality, and performance. This may include engaging outside consultants for testing, planning or design studies, and engineering support. Systems to be evaluated include building envelope, interior systems and finishes, space planning and layout, landscape, and site work.
  • Participate and provide technical direction in design and construction progress meetings to help ensure adherence to university standards and contract conditions.
  • Oversee, review, and evaluate Capital Project designs in support of the School’s standards, guidelines, policies, and campus development plans. Provide technical direction and guidance as needed.
  • Work with internal stakeholders, SOPH staff, and external consultants or experts as required to develop and document design standards for renovation and new construction that support the university goals and objectives, are durable and financially appropriate, and reflect sound architectural practice. Provide oversight and review of consultant’s documents for design and construction projects in architectural design, detailing, conformance with SOPH standards, and appropriateness of systems and product specification. Interface with SOPH Operations personnel in recommending the most appropriate design solutions, addressing durability, financial sustainability, and architectural appropriateness.
  • Review construction work progress on construction sites for quality assurance and conformance with contract documents. Assist in resolving discrepancies and disputes that arise during the construction process.
  • Work with the senior leadership, departmental representatives, SOPH Operations, and government officials to guide and oversee the development and implementation of campus-based planning initiatives. Work with the SOPH Operations & Sustainability and University constituents to champion progress on the University's sustainability initiatives.
  • Participate in other planning and design related tasks and initiatives of strategic importance to the SOPH as well as related data gathering and analysis, research, presentation preparation, facility surveys, and other ad hoc efforts as assigned.
  • Prepare information for decision making by SOPH leadership.
  • Contract and coordinate with civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, landscape, technology, and other design and engineering disciplines as required.

About Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University is one of the world’s leading research universities. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, the University comprises 10 academic and research divisions and numerous centers, institutes, and affiliated entities throughout the Baltimore-Washington area and abroad. Divisions of the university include: the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering, and the School of Education on the Homewood campus; the School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the School of Nursing located nearby in East Baltimore; the Peabody Institute and the Carey Business School in downtown Baltimore; the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. with campuses in Bologna, Italy and Nanjing, China; and the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. Johns Hopkins has a total enrollment of more than 25,000 students and an endowment of more than $4B. The University attracts the finest undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and receives more federal research and development funding than any other university in the United States. 

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been the #1 ranked school of Public Health in the United States since 1994, and it serves nearly 3,000 students from roughly 87 different nations. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is dedicated to the improvement of health for all people through the discovery, dissemination, and translation of knowledge, and the education of a diverse global community of research scientists, public health professionals, and others in positions to advance the public’s health.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to foster a collaborative, inclusive, collegial, and consensus-building relationship with colleagues based on competence, trust, and respect.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present complex material in a useful and understandable fashion to diverse audiences.
  • Strategic thinker with proven analytical and organizational skills.
  • Committed to the mission of the school, customer service, and best practices in planning, design, and construction.
  • Knowledge of building codes and ability to review documents for compliance.
  • Knowledge of ADA codes and ability to review documents for compliance.
  • Knowledge of building envelope systems and best practices.
  • Knowledge of building systems, control systems, operating environments, and commissioning processes.
  • Knowledge of building interior systems and performance of finishes in commercial environments.
  • Knowledge of the furniture industry, including specification, sourcing, installation, and maintenance.
  • Ability to build comprehensive reports for data within spreadsheet and database systems.
  • Ability to produce accurate, timely delivery of complex materials.
  • Flexibility to work with last-minute changes.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks.

Education, Licensing, and Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture required.
  • Master's degree preferred.
  • Professional Architect license in the State of Maryland or a state with reciprocity. LEED Accreditation is desirable.
  • Ideal candidates will have at least 8 to 10 years of experience in architectural planning and design work; experience with construction and renovation of a broad variety of building types, mechanical and electrical systems, and construction delivery methods; the ability to use MS Office and AutoCAD; and a thorough understanding of architectural and engineering drawings.
  • Use of BIM software, SketchUp, Photoshop, and other graphics programs is desired.

This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.
Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
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