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Planning Architect II

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 19, 2024

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Capital Design in the Office of University Planning (OUP), the Planning Architect II will:
- Assist the Director of Capital Design in the alignment of Capital Projects with the university’s mission, vision, strategic goals & initiatives, and the campus master plan.
- Assist in the university’s capital outlay planning efforts and the development of capital projects for the updates of the Six-Year Capital Outlay Plan.
- Assist with robust and timely design review of university capital projects from concept through implementation phases.
- Participate throughout capital project processes to provide assurance that planning, aesthetic, program, and space uses are appropriate and in alignment with the project’s authorized intent and Campus Design Principles.
- Assist with design review processes, value management efforts, and construction review processes for capital projects to complete on time and on budget.
- Provide expertise in sustainable design at a systems and building scale, and provide guidance during capital project processes to promote sustainable design principles and best practices.
- Assist in establishing and maintaining design and planning standards for the university.

Core competencies include:
- Ability to rely on experience and judgment to accomplish tasks.
- Excellent communication and consensus building skills, including verbal and graphical presentation skills, and negotiation.
- Ability to work in and develop a team atmosphere and provide superior client services in a diverse environment.

Required Qualifications

- Advanced degree in Architecture, or BS in Architecture and work experience equivalent to an advanced degree.
- Experience applying sustainable benchmarking in professional architectural practice.
- Registration or demonstrated ability to be registered as a Professional Architect in Virginia within 12 months of employment.
- Five years of professional experience as an architect.
- LEED Green Associate certification or equivalent
- Demonstrated project management experience.
- Must have a valid driver’s license.
- Proficiency with current office computer software including word processing and spreadsheets.
- Proficient in the use of design software (e.g., Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, etc.).

Preferred Qualifications

- Ten or more years of experience as an architect.
- Significant experience (3-5 years of the above 10) focusing on the design of environmentally sustainable projects.
LEED AP Certification or equivalent.
- Demonstrated competency in the technical analysis of thermal performance, daylight/sunlight, embodied carbon etc
- Experience working in a university setting.
- Experience with Commonwealth of Virginia (or other public agency) directives and higher education facilities requirements.
- Experience in design of higher education and campus planning/design.
- Experience in developing and maintaining design and planning standards.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Starting salary at $85,000; commensurate with experience

Review Date


Additional Information

Work is performed primarily indoors, but on occasion may work outside in various weather conditions.
Repetitive movement through the use of computer/keyboarding.
Ability to travel to and from work sites and perform onsite inspections requiring bending, climbing, pushing/pulling, reaching, lifting, standing, walking and safely moving and handling up to 50 lbs.
Ability to maneuver in small spaces, walk, and perform work tasks on uneven surfaces.
Must have an acceptable and safe driving record.
Must have a driver's license check.
May be required to travel to non-Blacksburg sites and other Virginia Tech properties.
Travel for training, public outreach, public education, and public participation may be required.
As necessary, may be required to work after hours or on weekends.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact HR at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: February 19, 2024
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