The College Architect will be the advocate for design excellence at Wellesley College. The Wellesley campus is a special place,with 450 acres of beautiful landscape and 100 buildings. Development of the campus over the years has held true to the 1920s Olmsted vision and master plan. The campus is sited on Lake Waban; buildings are located on hilltops and oriented to the valleys and view sheds of the lake. The buildings represent a wide range of architectural styles from classical gothic, mid-century modern, and post-modernism. The College Architect will collaborate with faculty, staff and senior leadership to steward excellent design that is functional and sustainable. This position will oversee the selection of external architects and provide supervision to a professional project management team. The ability to balance design with operational efficiency, design standards, and financial priorities is mandatory, as is the ability to deliver projects on-time and on-budget. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required as the College Architect will be an important source of advice to leadership, providing expertise and input regarding architectural design, strategic sustainability, and major capital development. Oversight and support for design efforts will range from small projects, interior design, and large capital projects. Projects will include major construction, renovation, alterations and repairs to address deferred maintenance, and infrastructure-related projects. The ideal candidate will be creative and dynamic with substantial experience in institutional and campus design, and will possess an exceptional ability to engage a diverse range of colleagues, contractors, donors, alumni, and members of the community with confidence, diplomacy, and discernment when representing the College and its leadership. Knowledge and experience in historic preservation is preferred. Uphold the unique character and quality of Wellesley’s campus by considering buildings and landscapes as integrated parts of the whole, and by using design strategies that contribute to Wellesley’s distinctive sense of place. • Provide expertise and advice to College leadership on matters of architectural design. • Work with members of Wellesley College governance, and in particular the Facilities Advisory Committee, to conduct design reviews of ongoing projects. • Oversee the Designer Selection process, including oversight of an informational database and interviews with potential firms. Integrity of the selection process and alignment of firm size/experience to each project is important. • Coordinate with the Assistant Director of Construction to select construction firms, consultants, and contractors for major capital projects. • Manage a team of project managers to ensure effective performance of on-time and on-budget projects. • Develop, maintain, and ensure compliance with Architectural Design Standards, in conjunction with MEP Design Standards, with the Director of Operations & Director of Sustainability • Maintain current knowledge of all applicable regulations and codes regarding design and construction projects • Oversee the ADA Master Plan implementation strategy & provide leadership as the MAAB liaison and coordinator. • Represent Facilities departmental interests at the Classroom Committee, including oversight of design standards and prioritization. • Contribute to the efficient allocation, use, and management of space by collaborating on space management activities. • Attend regularly scheduled meetings with operations and sustainability. • Be on-call in rotation with other managers and respond to campus emergencies if needed. Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Supervises project managers.
Bachelor’s Degree in architecture • Registered Architect license in the state of MA Minimum 8 years similar experience, particularly in an institutional setting. • Minimum 5 years experience managing major design and construction projects and teams. • Experience in managing and mentoring direct reports • Historic preservation experience preferred • LEED-AP certification preferred Demonstrated success in architectural design on Institutional and campus projects • Ability to analyze and evaluate existing and proposed architectural designs, master plans, and physical planning studies for aesthetic and technical cogency • Fluency with integrated and sustainable design processes, life-cycle cost analyses, management of historic and cultural resource assessments. • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, team, and collaboration skills • High quality of work that meets the needs of the department • Computer literacy with word processing, spreadsheet, PM Software systems (ProCore or similar), and similar applications • Ability to work in AutoCAD, BIM, and other graphic programs • Knowledge of furniture products and interior architectural systems • Other duties, as assigned
Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years women who are committed to making a difference. Every year, some 2,400 of the world's top undergraduate women are challenged to exceed their own highest personal and intellectual expectations. The mastery Wellesley graduates demonstrate across the professional and vocational spectrum, and the influence they wield, whether in their own communities or on the world stage is testament to a singularly empowering undergraduate experience. Wellesley's lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty, often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects. A Wellesley education fosters the highest standard of readiness for the real world in its graduates, in terms... of ability to think, act, and contribute meaningfully and effectively in their chosen areas of interest.