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January 2022

Now Hiring: Graduate Architect (Full-time)

Position: Graduate Architect (Full-time)
Location: Williams Architects | Aquatics Itasca, IL (Hybrid)

About the job:

Williams Architects Aquatics, a nationally recognized architecture and planning firm specializing in community-centered public facilities, is seeking several full-time Graduate Architects with 1-7 years of experience to support our growing national practice. These positions are ideal for recent graduates of an architectural program seeking to gain experience required to fulfill requirements of the NCARB Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and those looking to grow in their career beyond their current positions. These positions are based in our Itasca, IL office with the potential for a partial (2 days per week) remote working arrangement. Signing bonuses will be considered for candidates with direct transferable experience in our market sectors.

As a Graduate Architect, you will:

  • Prepare 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.
  • Assist in researching applicable code, zoning, and permitting requirements for projects.
  • Assist in researching materials, products, and systems 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.
  • Perform firm support tasks as needed

Education and Experience Required:

  • Degree in Architecture or Architectural Studies from an accredited program.
  • 1-7 years of experience within an architectural firm, preferably with non-residential projects.
  • Architectural license / AXP track preferred.
  • Proficiency in Revit, SketchUp, Lumion, and Photoshop 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, paid vacation and sick time, and eligibility for the firm’s profit-sharing plan. The firm fully supports NCARB AXP and has an excellent track record of our employees achieving licensure within 3 years of graduation from an NAAB accredited program. Assistance with public transportation costs from downtown Chicago to Itasca may be offered for candidates who live in the city of Chicago.

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.

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: Interior Design Professional (Full-time)

Position: Interior Design Professional (Full-time)
Location: Williams Architects | Aquatics Itasca, IL (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 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 our Itasca, IL office 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.

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: Senior Design Architect (Full-time)

Position: Senior Design Architect (Full-time)
Location: Williams Architects | Aquatics Itasca, IL (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 Senior Design Architect 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 our Itasca, IL office with the potential for a partial (2 days per week) remote working arrangement.

As a Senior Design Architect, you will:

  • Collaboratively 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.
  • Prepare 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.
  • 8+ 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 required.
  • Solid understanding of construction materials, methods, codes, and techniques to ensure constructability, 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. Signing bonuses 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.

We will not sponsor a new applicant for work authorization 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.

December 2021

Addison receives RWJF Culture of Health Prize for innovative efforts to create a thriving community

Congratulations, to the Village of Addison on being awarded as a recipient of the 2020-2021 Culture of Health Prize by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation! Williams had the privilege to work with the Addison Public Library on the reimagination of their facility completed in 2015. We applaud your efforts in providing #betterhealth opportunities to your community! Read the full article HERE!

 Addison receives RWJF Culture of Health Prize for innovative efforts to create a thriving community • ARTICLE OVERVIEW:

Addison Public Library partnered with other local institutions in pursuing innovative ideas to rally around a shared vision of health. These efforts earned Addison the 2020-2021 Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

November 2021

New Family Center Breaks Ground at Broad Ripple Park

Our Broad Ripple Park project was published in the latest issue of ACP’s Building Excellence! Take a quick read HERE to learn all about this family center coming to Central IN!

New Family Center Breaks Ground at Broad Ripple Park • ARTICLE OVERVIEW:

$19.6M Family and Health Center Will Bring More Versatile Programming to Neighborhood. Read more about the project HERE!

December 2017

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day

In the spirit of giving back to our community, Williams Architects / Aquatics hosted our first DuPage Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day.  Several Williams’ employees (Tom LaLonde, Chris Suhr, Stacy Jozwiak, Brittany O’Connor, Scott Morlock & Karen Lellios) spent the day working on various projects – seeding the lawn, siding the house, etc. What a wonderful experience for such a terrific organization.

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