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Project Architect, Specification Writer

Department: Architecture
Location: Chicago, IL

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


  • Minneapolis, MN or
  • Chicago, IL

As a Project Architect focusing on Specification Writing you will be responsible for coordinating with architects and other team members to prepare project specifications. 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 preparation, management and quality control of project manual development for large and small projects. This includes coordinating with project team members in multiple offices, in multiple disciplines and on multiple project types simultaneously to produce a quality work product while adhering to project schedules. Project manuals may include general requirements, technical specifications and contract documents.

In addition to project responsibilities, it is expected that you will stay current on product developments, new materials, code changes, and industry trends in order to bring expertise to the project teams with regard to product selections.

The successful candidate will:

  • Write project specifications and advise team members.
  • Have a strong interest in pursuit of design excellence.
  • Provide technical feedback in the conceptual development of project documents.
  • Review drawings, identify, and propose technical solutions to design challenges.
  • Produce accurate documents aligned with firm standards for project assignments.
  • Apply practice standards to project assignments.
  • Communicate to Project Manager the progress of assignments according to the established project schedule and workplan.
  • Ensure project information is incorporated into project documents.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least 10 years of architectural practice experience with a minimum of 5 years of experience writing architectural project specifications.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from an accredited institution.
  • Knowledge of building codes and construction procedures.
  • Must be a strong communicator, collaborative, detail oriented and organized.
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft Office programs.
  • Experience with AIA Contract Documents, ARCOM's MasterSpec/MasterWorks, AIA's Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, and CSI' Project Delivery Practice Guide.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • LEED Accredited Professional and/or an interest in sustainable design.
  • Registered Architect or ability to obtain licensure.
  • Experience in the use of computer modeling and rendering software such as REVIT.
  • Construction Specifications Institute certification (CDT or CCS).

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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