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Purpose of Classification:

Prepares plans and specifications for the construction and/or alteration of buildings. Oversees work of contractor to ensure work is being done according to contract.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of two classifications. It is distinguished from the Architect, Senior in that the Architect, Senior coordinates and manages projects.

Example of Duties:

  • Consults with requesters to determine requirements of projects; determines feasibility of project and prepares cost estimates.
  • Prepares and/or coordinates preparation of layout and draws preliminary sketch of project to present to client.
  • Develops and/or coordinates development of detailed working drawings and specifications after approval for project has been obtained.
  • Coordinates bid process which includes ensuring that the project is promoted and explained to interested contractors, receiving bids and making recommendations for award of contract.
  • Reviews shop drawings, specifications, cost estimates and construction material recommendations submitted by outside architects and contractors to ensure adherence to contract.
  • Observes work of contractor, verifying specified materials are being used, dimensions are as drawn and quality is according to contract document.
  • Participates in selection of outside architects or construction managers, including fee negotiation and contract preparation.
  • Provides advice and information to outside consultants concerning design matters.
  • May supervise activities of subordinates.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of architecture and architectural principles and techniques.
  • Knowledge of types of building materials and construction methods.
  • Knowledge of federal and state facility and code requirements.
  • Knowledge of structural, mechanical and electrical engineering relating to building costs.
  • Skill in drafting architectural plans.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture or related field AND three years of architectural experience; OR,
  • Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources.
  • Registration as an Architect in the State of Arizona.
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