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Senior Architect

  • Industry: Facilities Management
  • Location: Maryland - Baltimore
  • Client: Higher Education
  • Search ID: 19-0513-16

Helbling has been retained by Johns Hopkins University, a long-term client, to conduct an executive search to secure a Senior Architect.

Introduction

With minimal supervision by the Senior Director of Planning and Architecture unit of Johns Hopkins Facilities & Real Estate (JHFRE), the Senior Architect is responsible for oversight and guidance of campus, building and space planning, and design efforts for the University, as well as for contributing to and updating JHU Guidelines and Standards for buildings, interior fit-outs, landscape design, and campus development. The Senior Architect also is responsible for review of work by outside consultants to ensure conformance with the intended program, project scope and budget, adherence to JHU Guidelines and Standards, industry best practices, and design compatibility / respect for the JHU Homewood Campus, or a variety of other locations including the East Baltimore campus, the Peabody campus, and properties in Downtown Baltimore, Washington DC, Montgomery County, and international locations. This position will be responsible for leading larger projects than those of the Architect job classification. Project size and scope includes aesthetic guidance of renewal projects, feasibility studies, interior fit-outs, existing facility renovations and additions, new construction, and long-range precinct and campus land use plans.

General Summary

The Senior Architect will serve as an in-house authority on planning efforts and architectural design solutions (aesthetics, materials, systems, products, etc.) for University Real Estate, Plant Operations and Design & Construction units, division representatives, other stakeholders, and with outside consultants to ensure design and construction work conforms to University standards and sound architectural practice. Responsibilities include project management of feasibility studies and conceptual design for exploration / validation of a project for presentation to Trustees, leadership and guidance for procurement of design consultants; advisory participation throughout the planning and design process; owner review of programming, planning, design, and construction documents prepared for the University by outside consultants; participation in construction oversight for adherence to design intent and industry best practices; and development of policies, procedures, standards, and process improvements. The Senior Architect will work directly with the JHFRE / Design & Construction department's project managers who are responsible for overall project management of projects authorized for continuance into design and construction. 
 
University project clients include a broad constituency of JHU Deans, Department Chairs, Faculty, Researchers, Senior Administrators, and Trustees. The Senior Architect will collaborate with other internal architects and engineers to provide comprehensive oversight of planning, design, and construction projects.
 
The Senior Architect will initiate, execute, and oversee programming and planning efforts in support of Capital Plan development and implementation, as well as strategic campus plan development and implementation in support of overall campus development (i.e. storm water management master plan, maintenance investments, accessibility planning, sustainability initiatives for campus, space utilization, space standards, classroom design, laboratory design).  
 

From time to time, where the utilization of internal resources is merited due to the nature and scope of the assignment, the Senior Architect will undertake and execute design, construction documents, and construction administration efforts for projects that do not require review, approval, or permitting with the municipal Authorities Having Jurisdiction. Also, when a team of internal architects and engineers are needed to deliver a project, the Senior Architect will manage and coordinate workload of team and provide leadership of team activities under Senior Director of Planning & Architecture. The Senior Architect will work with the Senior Director of Planning & Architecture, provide constructive feedback and mentoring, and identify and share lessons learned with teams.

Essential Job Functions

  • With limited supervision and support of the Senior Director of Planning & Architecture, determine if renovations, space reconfiguration, or repurposing assignments requested by a client will require permitting through the municipal Authorities Having Jurisdiction and whether or not a licensed and insured professional design and/or engineering consultant is required.
  • Independently reviews existing facilities conditions assessments reports to determine adequacy of existing facilities to support a client’s requests, including life expectancy of critical building systems. Evaluate the need for further exploration by outside consultants such as MEP/FP engineers or envelope forensics specialists.
  • Perform technical analyses of existing building architectural systems to inform recommendations regarding design, functionality, performance, and universal accessibility. Evaluate capability of space to support a proposed use, landscape design, and site work.
  • As an ongoing responsibility, work with JHU stakeholders, JHFRE/Design and Construction, Real Estate, Plant Operations, fellow P&A staff and external consultants or experts as required to contribute to and update JHU Guidelines and Standards.
  • Participate and provide guidance in design and construction progress meetings with JHFRE consultants to assure adherence to intended scope of work, budget, industry best practices, and JHU Guidelines and Standards, as well as JHU policies, aesthetic appropriateness within the campus context, and alignment with the approved Capital Plan.
  • Provide owner’s review of consultant’s design and construction documents. Working with the D&C PM, provide owner’s review of submittals, including processing paperwork through PMWeb, throughout the CA phase for key design elements important to the mission of the work.
  • Interface with JHFRE/Plant Operations personnel in recommending the most appropriate design solutions, addressing durability, financial sustainability, and architectural appropriateness.
  • Review construction work progress on construction sites for compliance with design intent, adherence with JHU Guidelines and Standards, and industry best practices. Assist D&C PM when required with resolving discrepancies and disputes that arise during the construction process.
  • Work with the Senior Director of Planning & Architecture, Senior Director of Design & Construction, and D&C project managers to continually critique and improve JHFRE design and delivery process efficiencies. Recommend process improvements. Be a proactive resource to internal staff in their decision making processes and in the development of technically sound planning and design solutions. 
  • Serve as liaison to JHFRE/Information Systems and advise on development of project and building information management systems (i.e. PMWeb, GIS, COBie/BIM, EDM for digital archive, Archibus, etc.).
  • Work with the senior leadership, divisional representatives, JHFRE/Plant Operations, and government officials to guide and oversee the development and implementation of campus-based planning initiatives.
  • Work with the JHFRE/Sustainability and University constituents to champion progress on the University's sustainability initiatives with respect to Capital Plan development and assets.
  • Lead other planning and design related tasks and initiatives of strategic importance to the University as well as related data gathering and analysis, research, presentation preparation, facility surveys, and other ad hoc efforts as assigned by the Senior Director of Planning & Architecture.
  • On a limited basis, for projects that may be classified as deferred maintenance, cosmetic upgrades, or minor interior reconfigurations and do not require professional seals or acquisition of permits by the Authority Having Jurisdiction, provide complete design services including programming, planning, schematic design, design development, construction documents, furniture specifications, bid, and construction administration phase services.
  • Contract and coordinate with civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, landscape, technology, and other design and engineering disciplines as required.

Targeted Job Functions (as assigned)

  • Work with the Office of Institutional Equity to identify, prioritize, and implement ongoing accessibility improvement projects.
  • Manage ongoing stormwater management master plan implementation, tracking, and reporting.
  • Provide guidance with organization and distribution of correspondence by the Space Allocation Committee, including tracking space utilization and needs, facilitating meetings, preparing or securing consultants to perform space studies, and reporting.
  • Interface with the University Space System Administrator to ensure space changes are being accurately tracked in Archibus so as to provide an always current inventory of all JHU owned or leased assets.

Scope of Responsibility

  • Manage, participate, guide, and review planning efforts in support of the University’s Capital Plan.
  • Interface with University Leadership and Departmental Leadership to define needs and scope of feasibility studies.
  • Provide high level space planning “test fits” for a variety of academic, laboratory, administration, and student spaces to evaluate feasibility of proposed locations; and evaluate scope for appropriateness of use of JHFRE in-house resources or design consultant.
  • Prepare RFPs for feasibility / concept design proposals. Participate in selection of firms to be offered the RFP.
  • Participate in interview / selection process for design consultant. Lead contracting process with selected consultant.
  • Provide oversight for design consultants during the feasibility study / concept design process; and operate as the day-to-day, single point of contact between design consultant and JHFRE.
  • Coordinate with JHFRE D&C, including cost estimating and hand off to D&C once project is approved to move forward.
  • Attend design presentations, product reviews, mock-up reviews as the University’s authority regarding aesthetics and compliance with project design goals and intent, and JHU Guidelines and Standards.
  • Perform existing conditions surveys, existing FFE inventory, programming, planning, design, and documentation responsibilities for small projects within the JHU institution not requiring professional seals or permitting by the AHJ.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development and updating of JHU Guidelines and Standards.

Decision Making

  • Prepares information for decision making by JHU Senior Leadership and Trustees.
  • Provides critique and direction to JHFRE project managers, consultant design teams, Plant Operations, and other JHU constituents on architectural design materials, furniture, systems, solutions, and standards in support of sound economic and architectural design principles.
  • Carries out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision.  Makes decisions and establishes work priorities on complex, problem-solving operations.

Communication

  • Exchanges routine and non-routine information with all levels within the JHU organization, including Senior Leadership, JHFRE Leadership, colleagues, and staff. Corresponds with individuals at peer institutions and vendors using effective verbal and written communication skills, tact, and persuasion as appropriate.
  • Builds camaraderie and alliances with a wide-range of JHU constituents, and has a collaborative, inclusive, mentoring style of working well with others.
  • Possesses the ability to communicate graphically through sketching, drafting, and marking up drawings.

Authority

  • This position is not directly responsible for supervision of other staff, but will act as a mentor to department staff.

Our Client

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. 

The mission of the University is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for life-long learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world. Johns Hopkin’s planning, design, and construction initiatives are closely tied to both the mission of the university as well as President Daniels’ vision for the university as expressed in his Ten by Twenty goals. Johns Hopkins is extraordinarily entrepreneurial and excellence-driven, and this entrepreneurial spirit generates the innovation for which Johns Hopkins is known internationally—innovation that often happens through collaborations that harness complementary strengths to find solutions to the greatest societal, philosophical, and scientific challenges.
 
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Education, Licensing, and Certifications

  • Bachelors and/or Master’s degree in Architecture.
  • Professional Architect license in the State of Maryland or a state with reciprocity.
  • LEED Accredited Professional preferred.

Experience

  • Successful candidates will have at least 15 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, AutoCAD, and Revit; and a thorough understanding of architectural and engineering drawings.
  • Use of 3D database software (BIM), Google SketchUp, PhotoShop, and other graphics programs is desired.
  • Strong architectural technology skill base.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Leadership:
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams over which there is no formal authority.
  • Ability to lead by example and inspire confidence.
  • Ability to work well under pressure; can handle and delegate workload effectively.
  • Strong mentoring and coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise.
Independence:
  • Ability to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with objectives without supervision.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
Other:
  • Keen attention to detail and an aptitude for problem solving.
  • Able to proactively address potential issues.
  • Ability to thrive in a high-volume, deadline-driven work environment.
  • Ability to foster a collaborative, inclusive, collegial, and consensus-building relationships with colleagues based on competence, trust, and respect.
  • Superior written and verbal 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.
  • Commitment to the mission of the University, customer service, and best practices in planning, design, and construction.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge and experience with developing accurate project cost budgets and cost impact reports.
  • 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.

Search Consultants: Wendy Zang and Aubrey Allen

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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