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Burns & McDonnell Staff Architect – Life Sciences & Technology (Chicago) in Chicago, Illinois


Wishing you could have an ownership stake in the company you are working for?  Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is an award-winning engineering, architectural, construction, environmental and consulting services firm.   We are 100% employee-owned, with regional and project offices nationwide.  Burns & McDonnell plans, designs, constructs, and manages projects all over the world with one mission in mind -- to make our clients successful. We are Proud to be honored locally, regionally, and nationally as a Best Place to Work.

Burns & McDonnell is growing and seeking an architect with an industrial background to expand the Global Facilities group in our Chicago office. We are looking for an energetic team player to collaborate with the existing team on exciting projects within our manufacturing, food & beverage, consumer product, and life sciences departments. We are seeking an individual with leadership potential, who has the skills and experience to grow their career and interface with clients.

The Staff Architect will work on project teams to create world class designs for new projects, alterations, and redevelopments on a variety of project types. The Staff Architect will work with the project team throughout the design and construction process, adapting architectural plans according to budget constraints, environmental factors or client needs.

  • Perform architectural design of projects from the conceptual phase through design completion.

  • Modify and review production drawings for a variety of building types including, but not limited to manufacturing, food & beverage, consumer product, and life sciences.

  • Design exterior and interior components and architectural requirements for client vision set forth by the project managers.

  • Applies strong knowledge of commonly used architectural concepts, practices, codes, and procedures within the architecture industry.

  • Research and compile project related data as required by the project managers. Compiles studies and reports. Writes specifications.

  • Update drawings provided by senior architects to verify corrections are made within multiple software platforms.

  • Compiles information for client presentations, shop drawing review, and contract administration for the design of manufacturing, food & beverage, consumer product, and life sciences facilities.

  • Performs field inspections, measurements or calculations for public and private clients.

  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor Degree in Architecture from an accredited program and 4 years of architectural experience, consulting preferred. Required or

  • Master Degree in Architecture and 3 years of architectural experience, consulting preferred. Required

  • Demonstrated progress toward becoming a Registered Architect.

  • Strong knowledge in standard architectural techniques and procedures.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work methodically and analytically in a quantitative problem-solving environment and demonstrated critical thinking skills.

  • Strong computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite)

  • Strong computer skills (e.g. BIM (Revit), Adobe Suites, and 3D rendering programs).

  • Strong attention to detail, facilitation, team building, collaboration, organization and problem-solving skills.


Job Architecture

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

Req ID: 233448 Job Hire Type Experienced