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.