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Senior Architect/Planner

Senior Architect/Planner

San Diego, CA

An innovative and growing commercial architecture firm in San Diego is looking for a Senior Architect to join their Life Science studio. The successful candidate will work with a range of client types from private corporate facilities to Federal DoD and higher education research and academic facilities. The Senior Project Architect / Laboratory Planner will have 10+ years of relevant experience in laboratory programming, planning and design for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, academic, biomedical or other research institutions to function as a lead on Laboratory projects in San Diego and across the country.


  • Work directly with clients, scientists, researchers and related end-users to develop laboratory planning strategies at all levels of detail including new construction and renovations

  • Offers and supports creative laboratory planning, technical design and detailing decisions that are in line with project goals and understands their impact on cost, construction, sustainability and other factors

  • Provide or follow verbal and written instructions to revise, develop and produce plans, elevations and details appropriately

  • Direct and oversee document production in accordance with identified project specific checklists, company standards and QA/QC standard program

  • Promotes firm and project goals of excellence in design, execution, and sustainability

  • Day to day project and client management of laboratory projects from initial planning through construction


  • + 10 years relevant experience in programming, planning of laboratory and high-technology facilities.

  • BA/BS in architecture or related field

  • Must be a Licensed Architect in California or have the ability to obtain a California Architectural License

  • Understanding of mechanical and electrical systems

  • Related architectural laboratory planning experience

  • Working knowledge and skill set to guide discussions for laboratory room/space development in conjunction with equipment and other technical attributes

  • Ability to work with end users to develop process flows, planning process and critical adjacency of research and laboratory rooms for optimum efficiency and flexibility

  • Leadership experience, including managing client expectations, multi-disciplinary team, and meeting scope/schedule/budget

  • Advanced knowledge of the architectural planning and design process, construction documentation, construction administration and code requirements

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