Junior Architect

  • Job Tracking ID: 512454-649694
  • Job Location: Washington, DC
  • Job Level: Any
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: October 02, 2018
  • Years of Experience: Any
  • Starting Date: ASAP
  • Apply type: application

Invite a friend
facebook LinkedIn Twitter Email

Job Description:

The Junior Architect supports construction, repair, and renovation projects at diplomatic posts overseas. Junior Architect tasks and assignments typically include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Assists in the evaluation and selection of new embassy sites, supporting team efforts as assigned; works in partnership with appointed real estate specialists in reviewing sites for conformance to facility requirements: assists with technical recommendations regarding the lease or purchase of land or improvements based on examination of surveys, plans, and specifications: determines suitability for use, environmental value, esthetic appropriateness, and costs: assists with design studies indicating how properties may be utilized or improved, and employs creative site design techniques to create more site acquisition opportunities on sites of limited size: and assists site selection teams in identifying site development costs and establishing the project budget;

  • Participates with senior architects in the review of preliminary designs for program conformity, technical sufficiency, and general suitability: participates in guidance of design to acceptable solution of problem areas and, depending on the size and complexity of the project, assists in formulating recommendations necessary to obtain desired results: participates in value engineering studies: and examines and provides support for the evaluation of commissioned architect’s cost estimates and recommends adjustments as necessary;

  • Coordinates with other offices regarding structural, mechanical, and electrical requirements of projects and with interior design and furnishing groups regarding space planning, finish and color schedules, furniture, etc.: reviews final working drawings for conformity with good construction practices, use of materials, ease of maintenance, economy, and quality of appointments: participates in review of plans and specifications for fire protection, physical safety, and adherence with the International Building Code: participates in Integrated Design Reviews: and assists in the evaluation of performance of commissioned architects regarding adherence to contract terms, work progress, and payment for services;

  • Participates in the preparation of preliminary and final design of projects for which no contract architects are commissioned: prepares sketches illustrating possibilities for development of the work performed: and travels both domestically and internationally as required to inspect, consult, and negotiate when on-site knowledge of conditions is necessary;

  • Participates with senior architects in the analysis of bids and provides input into recommendations for award of construction projects: assists in the resolution of problems submitted from the field and makes recommendations on change orders, time extensions, cost increases, and similar contractual matters;

  • Develops guidelines and presentation formats for architectural firms being considered for specific construction projects: assists senior architects with host country officials on matters pertaining to design approvals, construction permits, and zoning changes: establishes meeting dates, agendas, and presentation formats for A/E firms asked to appear before OBO presentations; summarizes meetings and documents the record: organizes periodic meetings of presentations for the purpose of reviewing architectural and engineering contract work at key design states: arranges for appropriate presentations, the attendance of any engineering or technical experts required, and the documentation of the meeting by appropriate OBO architects: and ensures that OBO management and other members or principals receive essential materials prior to meetings;

  • Remains informed of the latest developments in architecture and related disciplines by review of literature and by attending technical conferences, professional society meetings, and discussions with industry representatives and other professionals: and evaluates new materials and designs with construction processes and techniques, discusses with project managers, and recommends adoption of those that would provide a more economical solution while meeting the needs and requirements of the facility and the client;

Experience and Skills:

  • Mastery of the concepts, principles, and practices of professional architecture, combined with design development techniques and related construction techniques and criteria, in order to identify, analyze, design, and provide advice on unusual or complex issues; modify existing techniques and/or develop new methods and approaches to solve complex architectural problems: and provide expert advice on a wide range of Bureau architectural projects.

  • Working knowledge of related engineering disciplines, including civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical,

  • Ability to develop design, architectural, interior design, and related engineering criteria or instructions for specific facilities and ensure that new developments, methods, techniques, or experimental theories for improving designs, standardizing common facilities, and producing quality designs are examined to enable the Bureau to solve problems not readily treatable by standard, acceptable methods and carry out the Department’s mission.

  • Highly developed oral and written communications skills in order to assist and advise employees, contractors, and officials throughout the Department on assigned projects: participate in and conduct lectures and briefings: articulate and defend recommendations and decisions: produce coherent reports, policy recommendations, guidelines, and instructions: offer expert technical advice on architectural systems and standards: and recommend solutions to complex, highly technical architectural problems.

  • Experience and capabilities in the use of AutoCAD 2014, Revit 2014, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).

  • Professional license as an Architect in a state, district, or territory in the United States is preferred but not required for this position.

  • Minimum interim Secret security clearance prior to entry on duty, and then obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance throughout the period of employment.

  • Must be available for overseas travel and be available to work extended work hours in conjunction with contractor schedules while at overseas project sites, if required.

  • US Citizen


The Jr. Architect may be exposed to the conditions and hazards associated with construction sites, as well as a range of outdoor weather conditions and/or settings without adequate heat, air conditioning, ventilation, or potable drinking water, while on overseas travel.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Ian, Evan & Alexander Corporation (IEA) is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.