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January 2022

Now Hiring: Interior Design Professional (Full-Time) Itasca, IL / Chicago Loop

Position: Interior Design Professional (Full-time)
Location: Williams Architects | Itasca, IL or Chicago Loop (Hybrid)

About the job:

Williams Architects, a nationally recognized architecture and planning firm specializing in community-centered public facilities, is seeking a full-time Interior Design Professional to support our growing national practice. Working as part of an integrated, cohesive project team with a team of 2-5 design professionals, this position is ideal for recent graduates of an interior design program seeking to gain experience required to fulfill requirements to take the NCIDQ Examination or for recently licensed/certified interior designers. This position is based in either our Itasca, IL or Chicago Loop offices with the potential for a partial (2 days per week) remote working arrangement.

As an Interior Design Professional, you will:

  • Collaboratively participate in the project design and concept development process internally and with clients, within parameters set by firm management.
  • Prepare design and construction document interior design (ID) deliverables for a wide variety of public sector projects using Revit, SketchUp, Lumion, and Photoshop in accordance with firm standards.
  • Identify and select purpose- and budget-appropriate finish materials for firm projects, obtaining samples, and developing full interior finish and furniture palettes and packages under the supervision of the Director of Interior Design.
  • Create furniture specifications and bidding documents.
  • Perform firm interiors library management/maintenance.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with finish and furniture vendors.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design.
  • 1-4 years of progressive interior design experience within an architectural or interior design firm, preferably with non-residential projects.
  • NCIDQ license/certification track preferred.
  • Proficiency in Revit and Photoshop required. Lumion and SketchUp modeling/rendering experience highly desirable.
  • Experience with public bidding processes highly desirable.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organization, multi-tasking, and time management skills.
  • Ability to interact professionally with office leadership and clients.
  • Ability to self-manage tasks from start to finish with minimal oversight.

We offer an industry-leading benefit package including competitive compensation, opportunity to work remotely 2 days per week, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, paid vacation, sick, and exam time, reimbursement for NCIDQ exam costs upon passage, and eligibility for the firm’s profit-sharing plan. The firm fully supports NCIDQ examination and experience requirements.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit a resume and work samples illustrating professional experience in both design phase activities and construction document production to Andy Dogan at ardogan@williams-architects.com.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. We are not sponsoring candidates for work authorization/visas at this time.

Williams Architects Aquatics is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report. These screenings will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

September 2022

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August 2022

Now Hiring: Design Principal (Full-Time) Itasca, IL / Chicago Loop

Position: Design Principal (Full-time)
Location: Williams Architects | Itasca, IL or Chicago Loop (Hybrid)

About the Job:

Williams Architects Aquatics, a nationally recognized architecture and planning firm specializing in community-centered public facilities, is seeking a full-time Design Principal to support our growing national practice. Working as part of an integrated, cohesive project team with a team of 2-5 design professionals, this position is ideal for design-focused mid-career licensed architects with exceptional design talent who are seeking increased opportunities to make a positive impact in the design and planning of our community-centered built environment. This position is based in either our Itasca, IL or Chicago Loop office with the potential for a partial (2 days per week) remote working arrangement. This position also offers the potential to become the firm’s future Director of Design and become an equity partner within the firm in 2-3 years with success. A substantial signing bonus will be considered for qualified candidates with directly transferable experience from firms in our market sectors.

As a Design Principal, you will:

  • Collaboratively manage and participate in the project design and concept development process internally and with clients within parameters set by firm management, with the potential to develop into a design leadership role within the firm.
  • Manage the preparation of design deliverables for a wide variety of public sector projects using Revit, SketchUp, Lumion, and Photoshop in accordance with firm standards.
  • Participate in business development activities, including interview presentations and concept development for potential projects.
  • Identify and select purpose- and budget-appropriate materials, obtaining samples, and developing full material palettes for firm projects.

Education and Experience Required:

  • NCARB accredited degree in Architecture.
  • 10+ years of progressive design experience within an architectural firm with non-residential projects, preferably with community-centered facilities, developing and refining original and distinctive design concepts that conform to the client’s program and budget requirements.
  • Illinois state licensure (or ability to obtain via reciprocity or NCARB certification) preferred.
  • Proficiency in Revit, Photoshop. Lumion, and SketchUp highly desirable. This position will involve some direct involvement with software tools to produce design concepts; the firm is not seeking someone to sketch ideas and hand them off to junior staff to visualize.
  • LEED AP and/or WELL AP credentials highly desirable.
  • Solid understanding of construction materials, methods, codes, and techniques to ensure constructability, sustainability, code compliance, and budget adherence of concepts developed.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Willingness to work as part of a collaborative team, facilitating and incorporating ideas and concepts of other team members and project stakeholders into concepts that reflect our clients’ goals, values, and interests.
  • Orientation towards and desire for team and client success vs. individual accomplishment.
  • Strong organization, multi-tasking, and time management skills.
  • Ability to self-manage tasks from start to finish with minimal oversight.

We offer an industry-leading benefit package including competitive compensation, opportunity to work remotely 2 days per week, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, paid vacation and sick time, and eligibility for the firm’s profit-sharing plan. Direct entry into the firm as an Associate (with 4 weeks of paid vacation per year and fully paid family health, dental, and vision insurance premiums) will be considered for candidates with directly transferable experience in the firm’s project types.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit a resume, work samples illustrating verifiable professional experience, and professional references attesting to the candidate’s level of skill and responsibility for design concepts developed to Andy Dogan at ardogan@williams-architects.com.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. We are not sponsoring candidates for work authorization/visas at this time.

Williams Architects Aquatics is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report. These screenings will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Now Hiring: Project Architect (Full-Time) Columbus, OH

Position: Project Architect (Full-time)
Location: Williams Architects | Columbus,OH (Hybrid)

About the Job:

Williams Architects, a nationally recognized architecture and planning firm specializing in community-centered public facilities, is seeking a full-time Project Architect to support our growing national practice. This position is based in Columbus, Ohio with a 100% remote working arrangement available. Our firm is heavily invested in the personal growth of each of our team members and makes personal and career growth a priority for everyone within our firm, including the potential for eventual equity ownership within the company. Substantial signing bonuses will be considered for qualified candidates with directly transferable public sector experience from similar firms.

As a Project Architect, you will:

  • Prepare and manage the creation of design and construction document deliverables for a wide variety of public sector projects using Revit, SketchUp, Lumion, and Photoshop in accordance with firm standards.
  • Participate in bidding, permitting, and construction phase activities, including creation of bid phase addenda, submittal of documents for permit review, construction submittals review, RFI responses, and on-site construction phase observation.
  • Research applicable code, zoning, and permitting requirements for projects.
  • Research materials, products, and systems for projects.
  • Independently develop details for complex building systems and assemblies.
  • Understand value engineering and cost reduction principles; prepare design, material selections, and assemblies consistent with client goals and budget.
  • Independently write and edit specifications and project manuals for projects.
  • Participate in the project design and concept development process internally and with clients, within parameters set by firm management.
  • Assist in developing graphics and concepts for business development efforts.
  • Mentor and manage work of junior architectural staff.
  • Perform firm support and business development tasks as needed.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Degree in Architecture or Architectural Studies from an accredited program.
  • 8+ years of experience within an architectural firm, preferably with non-residential projects.
  • Architectural license / AXP track preferred.
  • Proficiency in Revit required. A Revit skills screening will be administered as part of the interview process.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organization, multi-tasking, and time management skills.
  • Ability to interact professionally with office leadership and clients.
  • Ability to work remotely with minimal direction self-manage tasks from start to finish with minimal oversight.
  • Strong orientation towards client satisfaction and interest in business development preferred.

We offer an industry-leading benefit package including competitive compensation, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 15 days of paid vacation annually, 10 sick days annually, 10 paid holidays annually, and eligibility for the firm’s profit-sharing plan.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit a resume and work samples illustrating professional experience in construction document production to Andy Dogan at ardogan@williams-architects.com.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. We are not sponsoring candidates for work authorization/visas at this time.

Williams Architects Aquatics is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report. These screenings will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Now Hiring: Project Architect (Full-Time) Itasca, IL / Chicago Loop

Position: Project Architect (Full-time)
Location: Williams Architects | Itasca, IL or Chicago Loop (Hybrid)

About the Job:

Williams Architects, a nationally recognized architecture and planning firm specializing in community-centered public facilities, is seeking full-time Project Architects to support our growing national practice. These positions are based in Itasca, IL or Chicago Loop offices with a partial (2 days per week) remote working arrangement. Our firm is heavily invested in the personal growth of each of our team members and makes personal and career growth a priority for everyone within our firm, including the potential for eventual equity ownership within the company. Substantial signing bonuses will be considered for qualified candidates with directly transferable public sector experience from similar firms.

As a Project Architect, you will:

  • Prepare and manage the creation of design and construction document deliverables for a wide variety of public sector projects using Revit, SketchUp, Lumion, and Photoshop in accordance with firm standards.
  • Participate in bidding, permitting, and construction phase activities, including creation of bid phase addenda, submittal of documents for permit review, construction submittals review, RFI responses, and on-site construction phase observation.
  • Research applicable code, zoning, and permitting requirements for projects.
  • Research materials, products, and systems for projects.
  • Independently develop details for complex building systems and assemblies.
  • Understand value engineering and cost reduction principles; prepare design, material selections, and assemblies consistent with client goals and budget.
  • Independently write and edit specifications and project manuals for projects.
  • Participate in the project design and concept development process internally and with clients, within parameters set by firm management.
  • Assist in developing graphics and concepts for business development efforts.
  • Mentor and manage work of junior architectural staff.
  • Perform firm support and business development tasks as needed.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Degree in Architecture or Architectural Studies from an accredited program.
  • 6+ years of experience within an architectural firm, preferably with non-residential projects.
  • Architectural license / AXP track preferred.
  • Proficiency in Revit required. A Revit skills screening will be administered as part of the interview process.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organization, multi-tasking, and time management skills.
  • Ability to interact professionally with office leadership and clients.
  • Ability to self-manage tasks from start to finish with minimal oversight.
  • Strong orientation towards client satisfaction and interest in business development preferred.

We offer an industry-leading benefit package including competitive compensation, opportunity to work remotely 2 days per week, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 15 days of paid vacation annually, 10 sick days annually, 10 paid holidays annually, and eligibility for the firm’s profit-sharing plan.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit a resume and work samples illustrating professional experience in construction document production to Andy Dogan at ardogan@williams-architects.com.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. We are not sponsoring candidates for work authorization/visas at this time.

Williams Architects Aquatics is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report. These screenings will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

May 2022

Montgomery Breaks Ground on New Public Works Facility

Monday night “commemorated the official groundbreaking of the new 75,304 SF facility, a long awaited and necessary upgrade for the community.”

We look forward to working with Camosy Construction and the rest of the Team to design and build a new facility to support the good people of the Montgomery Public Works Department and the surrounding community.

Click HERE for the full article from the Village of Montgomery! #WilliamsArchitects #TheStewardsofYourVision

*Photo credit: Village of Montgomery

April 2022

New Cary aquatic center, Sunburst Bay, set to open in June

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