National Organization of Minority Architects
Job details:

University of Virginia
Architect for the University

Job summary: The University seeks as Architect for the University an individual who is thoroughly grounded in the principles of design excellence and historic preservation; who has a strong planning background; who is collaborative, articulate, and practical, and with the persistence, good humor, flexibility, tact, and managerial capacity to inspire others to contribute to their fullest capability.

The primary role of the Architect for the University is to advise the Board of Visitors and, more specifically, the Buildings and Grounds Committee, on its development of the University’s general design guidelines and specific building design guidelines. The Office of the Architect has responsibility for five major functions: Land Use Planning; Architecture; Landscape Architecture; Program Planning; and Historic Preservation. The Architect reports to the Board of Visitors, working closely with the Buildings and Grounds Committee, which approves the selection of architects, building designs, and major planning efforts. Operationally, the Architect for the University reports to the President through the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. The Vice President for Management and Budget (VPMB) is the primary staff liaison with the Buildings and Grounds Committee.

The ideal candidate will be an accomplished registered architect with notable experience in planning and design on college and university campuses. He/she will have positive sustained impact in complex environments, where collaboration and influence management are critical to success. The Architect for the University will interact with, coordinate, and oversee the design work of national and local architects. In addition, the Architect will regularly work with faculty, senior administrators, Facilities Management staff, members of the Board of Visitors, and members of the community at large.

The Organization:
The University of Virginia is distinctive among institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing leaders who are prepared to shape the future of the nation. The University is public, while nourished by the strong support of its alumni. The students who attend have been chosen because they show exceptional promise. The University remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, UVa has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• High level of professional and academic qualifications;
• Excellent verbal, writing, and graphic skills;
• A demonstrated understanding of the principles of historic architecture and landscape architecture;
• Practical experience in the management of historic preservation projects;
• Experience in building and site design and project direction; ability to make timely decisions in an ambiguous environment and in a collaborative manner while meeting the University’s objectives.

Special licenses, registration, or certification:
• A professional license in architecture is preferred, but candidates with licenses in a related field, such as landscape architecture or planning, will be considered.

How to Apply:
For more information regarding the position and the search, please visit
To express interest in this opportunity, please prepare and upload a cover letter stating your interest in the position, along with a CV to and search posting number 0615854.
If nominating an individual for this opportunity, please include the nominee’s contact information and send electronically to Joni Louque, Senior Search Consultant, at
This search will be carried out with full confidentiality and candidates will be notified before references are contacted.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Date created: February 19, 2015