AECOM Principal Architect in Ottawa, Ontario

Requisition/Vacancy No. 147233BR

Position Title Principal Architect

Job Category Architecture and Design

Business Line Architecture

Country Canada

State/Province/Region CAN - Ontario

City Ottawa

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About the Business Line


We help shape the world around us — from high-rise buildings to educational, cultural, research and transportation facilities. Our design process is based on energy-efficient building systems, and appropriate selection of materials and form to maximize environmental conditions and long-term performance.

Job Summary

AECOM is actively seeking a creative, highly talented Senior Architect for immediate employment in the Ottawa office.

AECOM's Buildings + Places business line is dedicated to excellence and integrated design solutions. With a range of expertise from strategy through project realization, the connections we make among people and places provide new insight to better outcomes for clients and communities. Better outcomes grow economies, protect natural systems, conserve natural resources, make societies more equitable and make people healthier and happier. Our expertise includes workplace strategy, economic and development planning, master planning, urban planning, architecture, interiors, building engineering, and landscape architecture. Our B+P team is leading the industry with visionary and forward-thinking projects such as the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA; Liberty Park at the World Trade Center, New York, NY; the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resilience (Big U), NY; and the LA 2024 Olympic bid.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying potential clients and work

  • Securing and managing clients and work

  • Assisting Business Line Manager in the development of new business, and marketing efforts

  • Leading the A/E design efforts on major projects

  • Providing technical and professional guidance for junior staff

  • Preparing studies and providing peer reviews

  • Organizing and planning projects and preparing man-hours estimates

  • Assisting in the development of architectural standards and procedures

  • Providing quality control reviews

  • Providing advice and consultation to clients on architectural matters, including compliance with codes and regulations

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture

  • 10+ years of related experience with Architectural or A/E firm

  • Licensed as a Registered Architect (OAA)

  • Significant experience with Federal level work

  • Extensive experience in developing and prepare construction documents for institutional, commercial and federal projects

  • Strong technical skills related to planning, and architectural design and detailing

  • Experience coordinating work, civil, structural and MEP disciplines

  • Field experience with observing construction progress and capable of providing construction administration services

  • Experience in mentoring and supervising junior staff architects and interior designers

  • Ability to clearly communicate with Clients and peers

  • Proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD and Microsoft Office Applications

  • Diversified knowledge of architectural principles and practices in broad areas of assignments and related fields

  • Project Management and Client management skills

  • Ability to obtain Final Secret clearance if needed

  • Must possess a valid driver's license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Architectural licenses in other Canadian provinces

  • Federal agencies project experience

  • PWGSC project experience

  • Strong presentation skills

  • Strong communication skills

  • Positive attitude

  • Vision for career growth

  • Bi-lingual (French)

  • OAQ license

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.


Please note that AECOM does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, AECOM will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, AECOM explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of AECOM.