Cooper Carry
  • Virginia
  • VA, USA
  • Full Time

medical, dental, life/AD&D, 401(k), short term and long term disability, paid vacation and sick time and other voluntary benefits

At Cooper Carry we believe schools should inspire students, educators, and the public at large. We endeavor to create high performance educational facilities that support 21st century learning as evidenced by one of our recent projects being featured in Architectural Record. We believe a better future begins with better educational experiences and that all experiences are molded by the intricate connections between people and place. As designers of place, our responsibility to education is tremendous is one we are proud to distinguish as our personal and professional calling.

We are searching for an experienced architect who shares this calling. Someone who is passionate about design and who shares our vision for what schools can and should be. Qualified candidates should be Registered Architects with experience in K-12 school design. We are looking for an innovative designer intent on becoming a thought leader in the field of K-12 education design. Because of our growing practice, this position presents many leadership opportunities and benefits including:

Open, collaborative, office environment

Opportunities for involvement in community and professional organizations

Continuing education and seminar opportunities

Collaborative, tight-knit team

Age and experience-diverse staff


Specific responsibilities of the Project Architect may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Work to creatively achieve client's goals, within the constraints of the budget.

Research project-related topics such as building materials and systems; and codes and regulations, and sustainable design.

Define and follow Architectural and Engineering (A&E) design schedule and milestone drawing dates.

Travel to Project Job Site or Design Office as required to facilitate design and construction under the direction of the Project Architect.

Participate in marketing endeavors in partnership with firm leadership.

Coordinate documents with team consultants.

Communicate methods to improve the "project progress" to the team leadership.

Develop presentation drawings

Produce construction documents consistent with office standards.

Mentor (and inspire!) less experienced Architectural Interns and offer advice, training, and direction.

Other duties as logically inherent to this role.


Registered Architect.

Minimum of 7 years professional architectural experience.

Portfolio to include K-12 project types preferred with demonstrated experience in innovation and collaboration.

Graduate of accredited architectural program with Bachelor's level degree.

Strong design skills. (Please submit your design portfolio with your resume.)

Demonstrated understanding of building systems.

Strong Construction Documentation (CD) skills.

Proficient in Revit; Photoshop and InDesign preferred.

Ability to work with minimal supervision.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

The ideal candidate will be pro-active, collaborative and possess a passion for education design.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Majority of time is spent in sitting position.

Ability to move throughout the office either by walking or through assisted means.

Ability to participate in site visits either by walking or through assisted mean.

There are no lifting requirements for this position.

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