Carrier Johnson + CULTURE
Is a design-centric architectural, interior design, and strategic branding practice, focused on creating individualized design solutions for higher education, public buildings, corporate workplace environments, advanced technology + life science clientele, multi-family residential developments, and mixed-use compositions, including hospitality uses.
Established in 1977, the firm maintains headquarters offices in San Diego, with branch offices in the Los Angeles, Seattle and New York.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE approaches design through exploration of the authentic connections between design opportunity and existing environmental context – this includes: social, physical, historical, & aesthetic influences– this exploration is in an attempt to reveal opportunities within a real framework. A balance is sought between aesthetic, experiential, and functional qualities, serving to define a project’s individuality and unique expression.
The following describes the desired qualifications for this role:
Multiple projects will be documented by a Level 1 PA, so they need at least 10-15 years of experience of doing technical documentation of Residential, Commercial, or Institutional Architectural or Interiors projects.
If coming into CJ as a new employee, show strong evidence of the technical documents being complete at time of bidding for past design firm. For PA’s grown from within CJ, this level of PA should have at least 3-4 projects under their belt as a level 3 or 2 PA previously.
High level of code conformance skill is needed: Proficiency in understanding code intent as well as specific language is required so that Code conformance can be achieved in a creative fashion. Staying up with all types of Code updates, and recent interpretations by governing agencies is extremely important for a PA.
Understanding of how long production tasks should take to be completed is quite critical as this person has to manage their staff (along with PM) to make sure that team staff gets their work done efficiently. A level 2 PA needs to mentor younger staff on the technical effort and timeline needed for superior documentation.
A PA needs to be able to cartoon out the technical document deliverables quickly so the PM can calculate cost effective fees with PA’s assistance. The cartoon set is also used to show their staff the needed level of documents and effort needed during DD, CD, and CA phases.
Should have a varied portfolio of past project types that can be drawn on while documenting the current project. Previous experience with the same project type as they now be asked to technically lead would be a key benefit for this PA to have. They will need to coordinate the consultant system design with CJ design intent and manage production staff with limited oversight by PM/DP.
Personality wise, this person has to be someone that naturally follows through on commitments. They have to build the client’s trust while developing design ideas into constructible documents. They also need to solve difficult coordination issues as they arise (code misinterpretations, system design busts, material substitutions) with professionalism.
Active mentoring of design team members is required so younger staff can learn how to make their project better and also gain experience that can be applied to future work. May need to mentor a less experienced PM (level 2 or 3), or be able to do both roles on small projects.
Have strong knowledge of what each design consultant can offer the team in terms of specific system options. This person should enjoy researching what alternative systems are out there (requires constant outreach with other firms in each discipline) and learning the technical risks for each. As the technical team leader, the PA needs to push the individual consultants to coordinate their system with others to achieve most the integrated design approach. They need to appreciate the promise of a particular system innovation as well as be able to judge the potential risks involved with using new technologies.
Be passionate about improving the CJ design process by pursuing continuing education opportunities. Previous involvement with outside organizations that are research oriented would be a good indication of this ability.
Be very technically oriented and have the ability to get each teammate to develop/exhibit this skill. Hold (with PM) regular team meetings so all team members stay aware of each other’s progress and can offer suggestions on solving particular problems.
Having a strong technical background in terms of materials knowledge, detailing, and systems coordination is critical for the PA to possess. This person has to lead teammates with confidence, and speaking from experience often allows quicker consensus.
Be willing to offer their best effort (Personal Guarantee) at all times. This level of PA will likely be on multiple projects so they need to delegate well. Also be able to admit when overloaded so that a project does not suffer from a lack of needed attention.
This person must have a broad knowledge of CJ’s activities and culture, possess ownership thinking, and be a licensed Architect, Interior Designer, or CM.
This person should have had involvement with regional or national technical standards group (Construction Specifications Institute for example) that is design/construction related.
- Auto-Cad program - have a high level of skill so detailing can be done that is not appropriate to do in REVIT. Also need to convert back and forth between REVIT and AutoCad so files of other consultants that are not 3D can be coordinated.
- REVIT program – have a medium to high level of skill to edit the work of others or draw as needed based on project size and teammate skills. Need to decide with PM and client on what level of modeling (LOD 300 for example) will be needed. Should have BIM coordinator experience if possible.
- MS Word document creation and writing skills. Effective specification editing is critical skill, letter writing also important.
- MS Excel spreadsheet document creation and editing skills are valuable to have. Code analysis, simple scheduling and data calculations can all be done more efficiently with spreadsheet knowledge. Innovation in “template forms” creation that improve work flow are hoped for as well.
- Data filing system expertise – need to be able to store immense amounts of information that range in content and detail. Organizing drawings, and product data are key skills required to run a project well and retrieve information effectively.
- Math skills – have strong knowledge of geometry, trigonometry, and basic algebra formulas. Will be looking at and creating many documents that rely on good math knowledge.
- Public Speaking/ Leadership training – Dale Carnegie or LEAD type training is valuable to effectively motivate the overall design team and client groups.
- Sustainability knowledge will be more important every day – Cal Green knowledge critical. Knowledge about materials (thermal properties and embodied energy costs to produce), and building systems (especially HVAC & lighting) In terms of energy efficiency is valuable. LEED AP accreditation is valuable as well.
- Specifications – have the ability to edit master sections, knowledge of products to support why used, and understand specification quality liability risks. Need to know how to write specs on a non-proprietary basis and be able to evaluate product substitutions.
- System coordination and detailing experience – have the ability to gauge how complete the technical documents are at any point in the project. Be able to identify the impact of one material or system on the others that it needs to be integrated with.
- Construction cost estimating – have the cost comparison knowledge to review cost estimator’s and consultant’s work. Have the ability to do effective value engineering to guide the team back to the budget when needed.