Project Architect – Education, Science and Community


Project Architect – Education, Science and Community – (178606)


About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That’s why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

At HDR Architecture in British Columbia, we specialize in education, science, community and healthcare projects. Our three BC studios have a client-focused mentality and share work across teams to provide the greatest opportunities for diverse thinking, and development of our staff.

We are currently searching for a Project Architect to join our Vancouver office to be an integral part of our established team focused on planning and delivering exciting spaces for colleges, universities, life sciences and community uses. These places inspire students to learn, researchers to discover; they are spaces that promote curiosity and allow communities to thrive.

The successful candidate will work directly alongside the Education, Science and Community (EdSciCom) Principal in Charge, the Design Principal, laboratory Principals, other architects, engineers, and supporting design professionals as part of a collaborative interdisciplinary team.

Primary Responsibilities

In the role of Project Architect for our Education, Science and Community (EdSciCom) practice, you will help develop and deliver a wide range of projects from Student Housing, Academic Buildings, Post-Secondary and private Science and affordable housing and community projects in the local market and elsewhere in the region. You will act as an asset across the practice in your role as Architect for a variety of project types.The successful candidate must possess the drive, experience, and charisma needed to help maintain our robust client base and support our growing portfolio.

Responsibilities include:

  • Alongside the Sector Leader, Design Principal and talented delivery team, lead the technical design and delivery of a wide variety of Post-Secondary Education, Science and Community building types by providing hands-on management, guidance, direction and creativity on design-forward projects.
  • Running projects independently with oversight by the Principal in Charge.
  • Maintain a culture of client-focused project delivery through high technical competency.
  • Independently coordinate the work of a multidiscipline team through all phases of projects.
  • Be involved in multiple projects at any one time.
  • Actively participate as a member of our in-office studio, mentor junior intern architects, technologist within the team.
  • Maintaining good working relationships with engineering partners and key client representatives
  • Organize and participate in construction documentation i.e. leading-building envelope design, interior details, coordination with different disciplines.
  • Coordinating with design and digital delivery team (BIM Managers) in determining the best solutions for use of materials, interaction of design elements, and integrity of building envelope enclosure.
  • Collaborate with project design teams to facilitate project execution through highly skilled detailing.
  • Leading coordination efforts with outside and internal engineering consultants.
  • Coordinate workload of team members with the Principal in Charge through multiple phases to complete documents on schedule.
  • Serve duties of Project Manager when required. 
  • Performing QA/QC and implement project milestone QA/QC reviews, technical reviews across projects.
  • Helping develop qualifications and proposals for EdSciCom pursuits.
  • Preparing information for negotiating project contract amendments.
  • Participating in project interviews.
  • Providing mentorship and guidance to staff in support of career development.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of Architectural specifications in contract documents and coordinate with specification writers.
  • Be well-versed in implementation and application of BC Building codes and Vancouver Building Bylaw, WorkSafe BC compliance and other building code, standards and guidelines.
  • Provide construction administration on projects in CA Phases with oversight by the Principal in Charge.
  • Lead responses and coordination with other disciplines for addenda, RFIs, CPRs and change orders.
  • Incorporate agreed-upon changes into project documents.
  • Perform other duties in support of the Practice and EdSciCom sector as needed.

Project types include learning / teaching environments and research and development facilities for academic, institutional, and corporate sector clients. Projects can include buildings for the life sciences, physical sciences, biocontainment, animal research, public health, and related support facilities. Project opportunities are largely within Western Canada but may extend to neighboring Provinces and potentially abroad due to personal relationships, particular expertise, project needs, etc.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or closely related field
  • A minimum 5 years related experience in project management and/or as a Project Architect
  • Registered Architect in BC or eligible for registration in BC
  • Must have experience on both small and large-scale projects
  • Must be able to lead a team on projects
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Project)
  • Extensive knowledge and experience within the local and regional market
  • A passion for sustainable design and experience in successful delivery
  • Strong team leadership, mentoring, motivational/organizational and people skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be willing to travel regionally
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in architecture
  • Strong relationships with BC Post-Secondary, Science and/or Community clients, demonstrated on resume.
  • Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD)
  • Rick Hansen Certification
  • Experience with Mass Timber construction
  • Experience in Design-Build delivery, both as Owner’s Representative and Builder’s consultant.
  • Experience and/or interest in sustainable design / LEED / WELL
  • Working knowledge of Revit


At HDR, we know work isn’t only about who you work for it’s also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other’s contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way. 

We provide a comprehensive benefits package that promotes employee ownership, employee health, performance, and success, which includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, an employee assistance program, paid time away, parental leave, paid holidays, a retirement savings plan with employer match, employee referral bonus and tuition reimbursement. The expected compensation range for this position depends upon skills, experience, education and geographical location. Stated benefits are for full-time regular positions. Temporary and part-time roles eligible for limited benefits.) The pay range for Vancouver, BC is: $84,000 – $120,000 

Primary Location

: Canada-British Columbia-Vancouver


: Architecture


: Full-time

Employee Status

: Regular

BusinessClass: EdSciComm ARC

Job Posting

: Mar 22, 2024

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