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Senior Preservation Architect


In 1975, CRSA’s founders Wally Cooper and Allen Roberts were historic preservation enthusiasts ready to make a leap of faith. They set off to pursue a singular vision: to build a practice deeply rooted in preserving and building community character, that puts people first, and delivers practical yet innovative architectural design. Today, CRSA continues to design buildings and built environments that tell the unique stories rooted in our clients’ history, vision, and site context. Our services have expanded from architectural design and historic preservation to steward all aspects of our clients’ vision from start to finish, including planning, landscape architecture, interior design, and visualization.

We are seeking a professional to lead our preservation team to uphold and bolster our legacy of historic preservation work. We're looking for a licensed architect with ten or more years of experience planning and developing medium- to large-scope projects with many complexities, as well as executing and coordinating projects, and may have also overseen a large staff of architects and technicians.

This role will be responsible for interpreting, organizing, executing, and coordinating assignments. Plans and develops architectural projects concerning unique and/or controversial complexities that significantly impact major company programs. Involves exploration of subject area, definition of scope, selection of items for investigation, and development of novel concepts and methods. They will also effectively monitor and present project updates to relevant stakeholders, clients, or project team members.

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Opportunity Details

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Project management

  • Participate in field assignments such as conditions and measurement surveys
  • Proactive communication, collaborative problem solving, three-dimensional thinking, and self-direction
  • Stewardship planning, writing, graphic analysis, and preservation design
  • Working understanding of current and historic building and site technologies
  • Prepare analysis of existing conditions and treatment options in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
  • Participate in all stages of project development, performing conceptual analysis documentation assignments, and developing CDs elements with limited supervision
  • Participate in design review and documentation to meet State Historic Preservation Office and consulting agency requirements
  • Assist in the coordination of drawings and specifications
  • Represent the client in obtaining bids and awarding construction contracts
  • Assist in construction observation activities and the development of associated field reports, RFI responses, submittal reviews, and ASIs
  • Contribute to collaborative and effective working relationships with clients, the project team, and associated stakeholders
  • Ensure quality products are delivered that meet agreed upon firm standards
  • Full responsibility for managing all aspects of multiple small to midsize projects
  • Prepares strategic plans for project success
  • Serves as primary client liaison to bring the schedule, budgets, and scope of work to completion and to the clients satisfaction
  • Actively manages client budgets, schedules and programs; project communications and documentation
  • Office administrative tasks and project team assignments

Personnel management

  • Oversees and coordinates with project production team to provide technical and design oversight and resolve problems
  • Assigns project tasks to technical and design team, responsible for managing schedules
  • Create, build, and maintain a talented and efficient team
  • Mentorship of architects and designers to develop career paths

Financial Management

  • Prepares fee proposals and coordinates owner contract with client
  • Coordination of all project efforts for administrative and technical aspects to ensure the most efficient and cost-effective execution of assigned projects
  • Prepare schedules representing the delivery of contracts documents
  • Manage project finances, including manpower schedule, consulting contracts, and tracking and reporting on project progress
  • Review and approve accounts payable and receivables


  • Absolute ownership of developing relationships with clients, both new and existing
  • Responsible for ensuring revenue stream and profitability goals for the preservation team
  • Provides new business through contacts in his/her field
  • Estimates fees, determines scope of work and prepares project proposals and contracts
  • Represents client in obtaining bids and awarding construction contracts
  • Set project timeline
  • Monitor project deliverables
  • Update relevant stakeholders or team members on the project progress
  • Coach and support project team members with tasks you assign them


Experience Minimum Requirements:

  • Experience: 10+ years of preservation experience in project management and design
  • License Status: USA licensure required, NCARB certification preferred
  • Education: NAAB Accredited Professional Degree

Software Experience Requirements:

  • Basic review capability in CAD software, preferably Revit
  • 3D Modeling skills in Revit and/or Sketchup
  • Enterprise-level project management & financial management software skills in a program such as Deltek Vantagepoint

Preferred Experience:

  • Established reputation as an expert in relevant field of expertise. In part can be evidenced by: consistent profitability on projects, consistent client retention, proven ability to establish new clients, strong ties and connections in local market or demonstrated ability to do so
  • Ability to represent CRSA to community, including participation on community and professional boards
  • Strong business acumen in project planning and management
  • Strong verbal, written, and organizational skills
  • Exceptional communication skills, including writing, public speaking, and presentations
  • Ability to successfully manage change
  • Fiscal management skills including budgeting, reporting, and resource planning
  • Personnel management skills including mentoring, retention, and reviews
  • Strategic thinking, problem solving, foresight and decision-making skills