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AECOM Principal Architect in Ottawa, Ontario

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 50,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

Job Description

AECOM Buildings + Places, our Architectural Design practice, is seeking a Principal Architect to lead our Ottawa-based office.

AECOM Buildings + Places Canada (B+P Canada) is a vibrant and growing fully integrated team spanning architecture, all the building’s engineering disciplines, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, economics and asset management for design and infrastructure projects. Project assignments may include, although not limited to: Transit and Municipal, Commercial, and Institutional projects in Justice, Education and Government.

Job Summary:

The Principal Architect provides both architectural technical and management leadership to the team. The Principal Architect initiates and maintains extensive contacts with senior-level architects and/or designers within the company as well as key officials of other organizations and companies and is skilled in persuasion and negotiation of critical issues. This person will be a part of AECOM’s Building + Places Canada Leadership team helping to win, design and lead teams of architects on projects across a diverse set of market sectors.

We are seeking an individual with demonstrated creativity, foresight, and mature architectural judgment in anticipating and solving both routine and unusual design / technical problems, determining program objectives and requirements, organizing programs and projects, and developing standards and guides for diverse activities.

The Principal Architect’s main responsibilities will include:

  • Design, technical, and management leadership for the architectural team

  • Supervising, recruiting, and promoting staff

  • Client relations and development

  • Leading architecture-driven pursuits

  • Collaborating with the other AECOM architecture practices around the Americas and sometimes globally

  • Be the face of AECOM Architecture to the GTA market within the industry, such as the OAA, and to clients

  • Foster a design culture in the studio

The responsibilities of this position will also include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultivate and maintain client relationships

  • Oversee and lead multiple projects through all phases of design, and actively lead the design process for each of these clients and opportunities

  • Work with Project Managers to define scope from initial project information and oversee preparation of associated fee proposals, schedules, work plans and additional service requests as required

  • Provide guidance and direction to ensure presentations and deliverables meet a high standard of graphic quality that exceed client expectations and advance the reputation of the firm

  • Establish an encouraging and collaborative environment for all project teams

  • Participate in the annual performance review of employees, further developing staff skills and growth through open dialogue

  • Actively participate in building the positive perception of AECOM in the region

  • Provide mentorship, coaching and motivating project teams and individuals

  • Become actively involved in organizations at the leadership level

  • Promote a fun and collaborative work culture


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in architecture, interior design, or related field

  • 8+ years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

  • Licensed Architect

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven experience in the planning and design of various institutional, commercial and industrial facilities

  • The position requires a strong background and technical skills in architectural detailing and design and must have held a similar position or played a similar role

  • Experience as a practicing architect responsible for the delivery of complex programmatic projects

  • Expertise in architectural building systems and products

  • Proven knowledge and expertise in completing construction documents and coordinating with all engineering disciplines and project stakeholders

  • Proven expertise with building code and regulations including zoning, accessibility regulations, fire and egress requirements

  • Proven expertise and ability to mentor younger architects and oversee their work for completeness and accuracy

  • Must be highly motivated and able to work with different personalities in difficult settings

  • Good interpersonal, organizational and verbal and written communication skills

  • Must have strong project management skills, including the ability to maintain project budgets and schedules, and delegate work to junior architects.

  • MS Office knowledge

  • Leadership and good presentation skills

  • More advanced education is preferred

  • Proficiency in REVIT and AutoCAD

  • LEED accredited professional

Additional Information

  • Relocation is not available for this position.

  • Sponsorship is not available for this position.

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10077940

Business Line: B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Canada

Career Area: Design