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Project Architect

Department: Architecture
Location: Des Moines, IA

The best integrated design firm in the world has an opening for a Project Architect.


  • Des Moines, IA

As a Project Architect at DLR Group you will partner directly with a Project Manager to ensure the financial health of the project, the quality of project documents, team collaboration, and communication. Additionally, you will lead the cross-functional design disciplines in developing technical solutions. As part of our integrated design teams you create buildings that elevate the human experience through design.

If you are a collaborative thought leader with a strategic mindset this might be the position for you. DLR Group is 100% employee owned and as such you’ll enjoy the opportunity to have ownership in the Firm. We rely on all our employee-owners to apply their financial acumen to grow the Firm profitably.

Job Summary

You will be responsible for managing, with assistance from Project Manager or more senior Project Architect, all aspects of the project document development and coordinating with all project team members to produce quality work product while adhering to project schedules. Additionally, you'll collaborate with Project Manager to support client needs and maintain financial health of the project.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be able to work and present ideas in a team environment as well as self-manage and self-motivate in a creative environment.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of, and the ability to coordinate and lead the design disciplines in developing technical solutions.
  • Provide mentorship to other staff architects.
  • Have extensive knowledge of all aspects of professional practice from schematic design through project close-out.
  • Possess a high level of technical proficiency in the production of drawings.
  • Lead the project team in the adherence to all DLR Group practice standards.
  • Supervise and assist in design and technical development of the project.
  • Work directly with Project Managers and Designers in the conceptual development of project documents.

Required Qualifications:

  • 5 or more years of experience as a Lead Project Architect.
  • Licensed Architect in Iowa.
  • Professional Degree in Architecture.
  • Advanced experience in overseeing the preparation of design-phase deliverables, including bid/construction documents.
  • Working knowledge of Revit and other design and production modeling software.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Collaborative and professional work ethic. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Have an interest in sustainable design.

DLR Group is a 100% employee-owned firm. Our brand promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. DLR Group fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge and is an initial signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment. Visit and follow us on Twitter, and at LinkedIn.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

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