AECOM Associate Principal - Leisure & Culture in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Business Line Architecture

Position Title Associate Principal - Leisure & Culture

United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

Job Summary

Job Summary

As a Sr. Associate within the architecture team you will be responsible for conducting architectural studies, developing design concepts and design criteria, and preparing reports, calculations, and detailed design and construction drawings. Also are involved in the signing and sealing of plans, obtaining permits for construction, and the review of plans and specifications submitted by consultants and contractors.Provide overall direction to the Design team; manage the scope, design process and resources to bring about the completion of project specific goals and objectives.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Act as lead design consultant to multidiscipline consulting design teams on varying projects.

  • Responsible to lead the design team to enhance the "Design Excellence” through qualified project delivery.

  • Manage medium and large sized projects to achieve the client’s objectives to cost and project schedules.

  • Attend handover meeting by Bid Team with Project Manager / Commercial Manager and receive scope, fee budget, organisation chart and outline time schedule. Review project scope and set up project in

  • terms of design process, scope and time in collaboration with the Discipline Leads

  • Provide technological input and supervise technical input by others within the Architectural discipline.

  • Responsible for the efficient and economic use of a team of junior architectural assistants and CAD technicians within projects

  • Manage project support teams including input from architectural technologists.

  • Approves drawing packages for submission.

  • Supervise the presentation of plans to governing and permitting authorities for land use, zoning and permit approvals

  • Provides technical consultations for interdisciplinary analytical studies and analyses.

  • Carry assignments to completion with considerable independence in accordance with project objectives, professional standards, and policies and procedures.

  • Supervise subordinate personnel in preparing plans, specifications and preliminary construction layouts and cost estimates.

  • Day to day interface with Client, Client's Project Manager (where appointed) and other Stakeholders Project Manager to undertake this role on large, complex projects.

  • Contribute to Project Monthly Reports, compiling input from Design Team and Sub‐consultants for submission to Project Manager. Reporting frequency may vary from project to project. APM/ADM to assist depending upon size, complexity and time schedule of the project.

  • To be the point of contact for project inputs and flow of information between document control and all design disciplines. To avoid ‘bottlenecks’ the Design Management Plan should elaborate on project specifc information flows.

  • Participate in Value Engineering (VE) workshops with Project Manager, Design Team as required by the Client and project.

  • Reinforce Health & Safety in Design principles to Design Team and Sub‐consultants

  • Reinforce need for design solutions to Design Team and Subconsultants that provide robust designs which can be designed, tendered, procured, constructed, operated and maintained as efficiently as possible within the project constraints.

  • Review completeness of scope with input from Discipline Leads and Sub-consultants, APM/ADM to assist depending upon size, complexity and time schedule of the project

  • Manage design stage submissions to Client including QA/QC processes, checking & verification, APM/ADM to assist depending upon size, complexity and time schedule of the project. Spot check deliverables, Discipline Leads are responsible for the content, quality and coordination of their deliverables within their discipline and inter‐discipline

Minimum Requirements

Specific skills required

  • Considerable Senior Architect knowledge including design, project management and some site supervision.

  • Expert in leading large scale projects.

  • Familiar with researching, preparing and presenting technical presentations and reports.

  • Outstanding leadership skills.

  • Ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Expert in using Revit, CAD, Indesign, Sketch-up and other graphical soft-wares.

Person Specification (Personality Attributes)

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Problem solver.

  • Decision maker.

  • Motivated to deliver quality outputs on time.

  • Proven Client facing capability at board level.

  • Proven business winner.

  • RIBA or AIA registered Architect


  • 20 years experience in Leisure.

  • Theme Parks, Water Parks and Hotel design an advantage.

  • Creative, theming and showset experience an advantage.

  • Proven capability in large multi-discipline team co-ordination and management.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s Degree in with major course work in architecture required. MBA/MSC in construction or project management or similar is preferred

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Job Category Architecture and Design

Country United Arab Emirates

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 156780BR