Senior Architect

Location Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Date Posted January 13, 2021
Category Architecture / Interior Design
Job Type Full-time


Senior Architect

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi


Job Summary


Serves as a fully capable professional in an architectural design team. The Senior Architect plans, (including budget + resources), schedules, organizes, coordinates and executes the design work on any/all phases of development on small to medium scale projects (or distinct portions of larger projects), with regular interaction with an Associate or designated senior team member.


Job Duties:


Project /Design Responsibilities:


Organises own and others work to achieve set deadlines


Responsible for the completeness & accuracy of own work. Responsible for the correctness, accuracy and complete multi-disciplinary coordination of the design documentation prepared by the assigned team


Prepares BIM models and drawings and co-ordinates using Navisworks and other coordination software


Adopts creative and innovative solutions to assigned tasks and develops appropriate research and documentation to support these solutions


Develops specific, standardized procedures to achieve project requirements and deadlines


Proactively checks and coordinates project documents (including but not limited to multi-disciplinary drawings, design reports, technical specifications, etc.) and ensure they meet Client requirements and Industry Standards


Ensures accuracy and quality of discipline BIM model information, presentation, and coordination


Takes accountability for own work and subordinates work


Not Applicable


Collaborates/communicates with other disciplines regarding coordination issues and common design tasks


Regularly reviews and checks their own and team deliverables for accuracy, efficiency and thoroughness ensuring delivery is as per Client requirements and Industry standards


Leads Team and other disciplines regarding coordination issues and common design & BIM model development tasks


Communicates with clarity, purpose and accuracy


Determines solutions, methods and procedures on assignments to deliver products & services


Provides guidance to junior staff


Prepares designs, calculations, sketches, diagrams, schematic drawings, working drawings, develops details, develops specifications


Leads coordination of design using Navisworks and other coordination software


Participates in pro-active coordination with internal and external design disciplines to achieve a high-quality consistent set of presentation or design documents as per Client requirements and Industry standards


Responsible for the preparation and compilation of design presentations and reports


Leads team meetings and brings ideas and solutions to the table


Developed knowledge of AECOM’s QMS procedures


Plans for and applies Safety in Design principles throughout all design stages of a project


Reviews / Checks material schedules and sample boards


Takes responsibility for preparation of discipline drawings for submission to the Statutory Authorities. Developed knowledge of local & international codes, regulations and submission requirements


Attends / Leads client meetings


Confidently present work to colleagues, clients and stakeholders.


Provide technical support to site supervision teams and resolve design related issues on site


Coordinate and develop responses to 3rd Party review comments, tender queries, contractor’s queries, etc.


Responsible for making technical decisions regarding resolution of clashes between disciplines


Contribute, from the onset of a project, to the design of innovative and progressive design solutions that reconcile client’s goals and priorities while fostering opportunities for design excellence


Efficiency in Design:


Apply and reinforce standard designs and products across work programmes


Rigorously challenge the teams to drive efficiency in our design programmes


Coordinate efficient outsourcing / offshoring (GDC etc.) of workload


Managerial Responsibilities:


Planning and monitoring others work to achieve set deadlines


Mentoring junior team members


Coordinates and leads the assigned team of Architects and Technicians on a day to day basis and ensures that design excellence is achieved throughout


Leads design work on small to medium scale projects or particular packages for large projects ensuring project objectives are met, design instructions are implemented, and delivery is achieved within the set time and budget fee


Leads design team meetings to ensure all team members are participating and providing feedback. Motivates them and facilitates them to bring ideas and solutions to the table


Responsible for architectural resource planning for the project and reporting project needs to senior team members


Routinely interacts with clients, contractors, local authority representatives and others using skills of persuasion and negotiation to resolve critical issues


Promotes teamwork within architectural and multi-disciplinary teams (including the GDC), maintaining positive moral and instilling a creative culture within the team


Manage interface between design team / site supervision team ensuring proper design support is provided in a timely manner


Support junior staff in activities to develop their technical excellence


Ensures the quality of technical work produced by team meets Client requirements and Industry standards


Ensures, directly and through subordinates, that projects are completed on time and meet all requirements of the Design Brief


Make appropriate value judgements with respect to strategic work that supports the design concept and performance goals of the project


Commercial Responsibilities:


Understands principles of and able to work within project budgets which includes fees and designing to construction budget



Delegates effectively and efficiently where appropriate and follows up on delegated tasks up to completion of the task(s)


Keeps abreast of the latest software/ techniques to increase productivity while sharing knowledge with colleagues


Minimum Requirements


Specific Skills Required :


Project /Design Responsibilities:


Ability to fulfil all the above duties and responsibilities


Excellent technical knowledge of practice line discipline


Developed architectural design skills and understanding of the design process and interfaces between design disciplines


Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Autodesk BIM 360 Glue, Navisworks, presentation software and working on projects in a BIM environment


Develops BIM content based on BIM modelling standards and as outlined in BEP


Knowledgeable of Industry BIM standards, processes and general approaches


Knowledge to set-up the configuration and administration of projects for respective discipline in Revit and AutoCAD


Performs BIM model QA/QC checks on projects according to established and company standards to ensure accuracy and quality of discipline models


Ability to extract, manipulate, validate and present BIM model information as required


Not Applicable


Excellent Architectural design skills complimented by good hand sketching skills. Able to sketch something quickly in order to show ideas and concepts


Excellent understanding of space planning and functional adjacencies


Developed skills in the use a variety of software / media in the development, presentation and documentation of a design


Skilled at researching materials and learning about their properties & potential applications as well as installation / construction sequence requirements so they can be integrated into the design and information can be noted in depth on the drawings and specifications


Proven ability to create comprehensive wall, partition, door, louvre & finishes schedules etc. that include enough information for costing, procurement and quality installation


Capable of producing a set of quality specifications


Full understanding of Safety in Design requirements and able to develop the principals with the design team


Developed presentation skills (drawn, written & verbal)


Proficiency in Sketch-up and/or other 3D design tools


Able to review shop drawings and samples to ensure drawings and materials match AECOM designs & specifications


General Skills:


Flexibility of attitude towards company objectives


Extensive project experience and understanding of the design process and interfaces between design disciplines


Must be detail-oriented, consistent and highly accurate in the work


Must be a team player, have a positive attitude, and be a self-starter


Ability to work both independently and as part of a team


Ability and motivated to update skills and expertise through continuing professional development (CPD) initiatives


Detailed knowledge of AECOM’s standards, policies, codes and procedures


Excellent command of English (written and spoken). Knowledge of other languages is an added value.


Developed knowledge of Statutory Authorities requirements, knowledge of local & international codes, regulations and submission requirements


Developed knowledge of Fire & Life Safety Principles


Developed knowledge of Sustainable Design principles


Developed knowledge in MS Project and other Design Planning & Management tools


Managerial Skills:


Ability and will to mentor and provide support to junior staff members and spread knowledge across the team


Demonstrates an organized and systematic approach to producing a project. Understands the necessity to keep team and project task lists updated and complete


Excellent Time Management skills and constantly seeks to streamline processes and procedures to increase quality and efficiency


Developed leadership skills


Builds positive long-term relationships at a working level with internal & external clients


Drives innovation and design excellence


Developed understanding of scope definition and scope interface and ability to transmit the same to others


Preferred Qualifications


Minimum 10 years post undergraduate experience


Proven related professional experience in an Architectural Practice


Experience of working on medium to large scale projects including site experience


What We Offer


When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.


Job Category Architecture and Design


Business Line Buildings & Places


Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)


Country United Arab Emirates


Position Status Full-Time


Requisition/Vacancy No. 243177BR


Clearance Required No


Virtual: No


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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