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Job Information

AECOM Design Leader Airport Architecture in Chicago, Illinois

United States of America - Illinois, Chicago

Job Summary

AECOM seeks a Senior Design Architect to join the join Building’s and Places Architectural Design Practice as part of our Global Aviation Business Line to contribute to a rich design culture, demonstrating a rigorous process of achieving design excellence. The preferred candidate will be visionary and dynamic, with a portfolio of completed terminal design projects and a history of award-winning work. This individual will have the primary responsibility of partnering with design, engineering, management and construction professionals both internally and externally on exciting new work as well as supporting the firm’s focus on innovative solutions and design excellence for local, regional and global aviation clients.

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 2028 Olympic bid. In aviation, our team has renovated several terminals at Boston’s Logan International Airport including the recent Terminal E and C interiors; FAA Control Towers at Chicago O’Hare North Terminal and Dayton International Airport; the American Airlines Terminal at JFK; the New Face of LAX Central Terminal Upgrades; and numerous support facilities for cargo, rental car, baggage handling at various airports across the US and globe.

This position may be located in any location in North America.

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

  • Works collaboratively with AECOM Global Aviation and Buildings & Places Business Lines’ leadership and teams.

  • Leads development of architectural concepts and solutions from pursuit phase through project execution

  • Works directly with clients and teams as a leader with excellent communication and team building skills.

  • Participates directly in strategy and development of design pursuits, as well significant roles participating in interviews

  • Lead and develop design for large aviation projects with multi-disciplinary teams of architects, engineers and consultants for public and private clients

  • Oversee the work of less experienced architects and designers and be responsible for determining technical objectives of project assignments in conjunction with project management and design principles

  • Develop technical solutions to complex technical problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity

  • Work with architectural design and production teams to schedule, implement and coordinate preparation of design and construction documents to office and client standards

  • Coordinate architectural design with engineering disciplines both in-house and with consultants

  • Participate/lead client presentation and progress meetings to communicate the design intent and review technical details of projects

  • Prepare and coordinate architectural details with other architectural team members for consistency with project design intent and office/client standards

  • Provide regular updates with project managers and department manager for schedule and budget compliance for architectural services

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture and 15 years of experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

  • Licensed architect

  • Willingness to travel

  • Experience with graphic design in 3D

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to engage strategically in business development phases (proposals, client presentations) as well as design phases and project execution

  • Project production experience, including standards and regulations

  • Proficiency in Microsoft office

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent problem solving skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • AutoCAD, 3D Visualization such as SketchUp, Rhino and Lumion – skills preferred

  • NCARB and LEED AP – preferred

  • Masters Degree – preferred

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is

pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions

inclusion, diversity and overall

employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our

core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only

delivering a better world , but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Architecture and Design

Business Line Corporate

Business Group Global Aviation

Country United States of America

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 206209BR

Clearance Required No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.


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Early Careers / Graduates

Meet the career of your dreams. Do you have your eye on the future and want to make a difference? We can help you turn knowledge gained through your education into limitless career potential.

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