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Director of Architecture / Principle Architect

Director of Architecture / Principle Architect

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About DLZ

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DLZ’s  architectural staff is dedicated to creating responsive, memorable architecture.  Exceptional design is the result of strong leadership and teamwork.  DLZ’s design process includes the use of the latest design software, including REVIT Architecture, and a focus on sustainable design principles.  At DLZ, we are energized by developing design solutions that actively promote renewable energy and we seek opportunities to restore our environment and to create a new model of sustainable community development.


DLZ Corporation is an award-winning, full-service organization, which has provided complete project management, surveying, construction administration, engineering and architectural design services for nearly 100 years. In 2016, DLZ was named Design Firm of the Year by Engineering News-Record (ENR) Midwest.  In addition, DLZ is consistently ranked as one of (ENR)'s Top 150 U.S. Design Firms, a Top 100 Pure Design Firm, Top 50 Program Management Firm, Top 100 Construction Management for Fee Firm; and a Top 50 Trenchless Design Technology Firm. DLZ has also been recognized by Roads & Bridges magazine as a Top "Go-To" Design Firm for road and highway, storm water, and mass transit design.

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DLZ has a rewarding opportunity for a Director of Architect / Principal Architect in our Columbus, Ohio office.



  • Organize the efforts of the Ohio Architecture and Building engineering staff and workload.
  • Review all functions and activities of the A-E Departments and recommends such actions that are necessary to achieve improvement in design and production and/or cost reduction.
  • Work with the President in developing long and short range plans for the advancement and growth of the department.
  • Maintain continuous communications with Department Managers, Business Development staff, and all DLZ’s offices to ensure company capabilities are fully utilized.
  • Oversees A-E efforts and provides guidance as necessary to ensure quality, schedule, and budget of all projects.
  • Review quality, accuracy, and completeness of projects in accordance with building code compliance, architectural standards and MEP/SE/CE coordination.
  • Work with Department Managers and Project Managers to prepare quarterly projections, invoicing and closeout for the department.
  • Monitor contractual commitments and confirm work is being performed according to the client's instructions.
  • Prepare and monitor Division’s operating budget.
  • Direct the activities of all personnel reporting to him/her or assigned on specific projects.
  • Provide design guidance, mentor-ship and leadership at all stages of projects and maintain architectural design and production standards and procedures.
  • Review staff and is responsible for morale of the department.
  • Coordinate established performance standards and evaluate work against these standards.
  • Plan, manage, coordinate and administer all work assigned to the department.
  • Advise staff on professional development, and recommend ways for them to advance.
  • Recommend personnel and funds required to carry out the programs that are directly related with and directed toward fulfillment of overall division objectives.
  • Performs Business Development within the firm's business development program specifically related to A-E projects.
  • Works with Business Development staff and prepares responses for Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals with A-E staff
  • Initiate and maintain contacts with key professionals and officials of other organizations and companies.
  • Make client contact and maintain working relationships at all levels.
  • Becomes a member of and work to be actively involved in civic and professional activities, societies and organizations.
  • Verify that all health & safety concerns are addressed.
  • Ensure Quality Management procedures are executed on all projects.


  • Bachelor or Masters of Architecture Degree
  • Registered Architect in the state of Ohio
  • 15 or more years relevant work experience, managerial experience preferred.
  • Judicial, Municipal, Educational, and/or Federal Project experience
  • Strong technical writing and oral presentation skills
  • Experience in a variety of project types, scale and complexity; following project from conception through completion.
  • Experience working on concurrent projects, collaborating with multiple design disciplines, and technical production project experience.
  • Proficient with software programs inherent to successful completion of the work.
  • Ability to visit and safely traverse construction and project sites, complying with all applicable safety codes and requirements.



At DLZ we offer an excellent benefit package including health, dental, vision and life insurance, medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts, health savings account, and 401(k) with an Employee Stock Ownership Program. We also offer an innovative wellness program including gym reimbursement!


DLZ is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. DLZ fully supports and maintains compliance with all state, federal, and local regulations. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal, state, and local laws.