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Job Information

AECOM Architect - Public Safety Lead in Victoria, British Columbia

Canada - Ontario, Thornhill

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a talented and experienced Architect with passion for the design and construction of Public Safety buildings for defence/military, first responders (police, fire, ambulance), corrections, and justice. This individual must be a licensed Architect and will be a key team member on some of AECOM’s most important projects in Canada. Projects may include new buildings, renovations to existing buildings, and building recapitalizations across the country. This opportunity can be based out of any of the following offices: Ottawa/Mississauga/Markham/Whitby, ON; Burnaby/Victoria, BC. Remote working options are available.

Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Act in a Lead Architect capacity for feasibility studies, schematic design, design development, construction documents, and construction contract administration. Work closely with supporting architectural staff to advance architectural design work such as reports, drawings, perspective renderings, construction specifications or other design deliverables.

  • Help clients to develop and realize the overall architectural vision for their projects.

  • Understand and apply relevant building codes to the design.

  • Work closely with structural, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineers to integrate engineering into the architectural design.

  • Sign and seal architectural designs.

  • Establish and maintain a sense of collaboration within the project team, including with clients and external consultants or third-party stakeholders.

  • Assist the Market Sector Leader with business development activities such as creating connections with clients, providing input into proposals, representing the firm at industry functions or conferences, and maintaining a working knowledge of projects within the firm.

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.


At AECOM, we believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

We take on the most complex challenges and pioneer innovative, iconic solutions that push the limits of what’s possible – the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge, record-breaking sports events, the largest greenfield port development mega project, life-sustaining disaster recovery programs, and the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere.

On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, energy, and the environment, we deliver professional services throughout the project lifecycle.

We are proud to be recognized for excellence:

  • Named one of Fortune magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies" for the sixth consecutive year

  • Ranked #1 in Engineering News-Record’s 2020 “Top 200 Environmental Firms”

  • Ranked #1 in Transportation and General Building in Engineering News-Record’s 2020 “Top 500 Design Firms”

  • VIQTORY 2020 Military Friendly® Gold Employer

About Buildings + Places

AECOM’s Buildings + Places business line includes architecture, interiors, building engineering, workplace strategy, business transformation, asset advisory, economics and development planning, master planning, urban planning, and landscape architecture.

With a range of expertise from strategy and design through project realization, we create better outcomes to grow economies, protect natural systems, conserve natural resources, make societies more equitable and connect and engage people through innovative, sustainable design solutions.

Our teams have worked on signature projects such as the London 2012 Olympic Park and Legacy Framework, to the new plan for the LA2028 Olympics, to industrial facilities for GE and Rolls-Royce, to headquarters and workplaces for NASA, Unilever, Sony Music, DirecTV, Box, Inc. and many Fortune 500 companies.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Architecture

  • Must have no less than 6 (six) years of Architectural experience working for Public Safety clients

  • Must be a licensed Architect with the OAA, AIBC and/or other Provinces, with OAA eligibility

  • Be willing and eligible to apply for Security Clearance with the Canadian Industrial Security Directorate (CISD) for Level II Secret.

Preferred Qualifications

  • LEED certification and/or demonstrated experience with sustainable buildings is a strong asset

  • Past experience with projects that require security clearance and document safeguarding

  • Past involvement in architectural projects that have received industry recognition such as design awards, accolades, or media coverage for being exceptional.

  • Knowledge of National Building Code (NBC) and National Master Specification (NMS) is considered an asset

  • Experience with defence/military projects for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) including buildings such as command and control centres, training facilities, vehicle maintenance or storage facilities, accommodations, or other base infrastructure.

  • Experience in first responders’ facilities such as dispatch/command centres, police stations, fire stations, ambulance depots, training facilities, and fleet maintenance facilities.

  • Experience with corrections or justice facilities such as prisons and courthouses.

  • Experience in Alternative Delivery projects such as Design-Build, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), and Private Public Partnerships (P3) is an asset

  • Bilingual in both English and French languages considered an asset.

Additional Information

  • Company will not cover expenses associated with any relocation for this position

  • Company unable to facilitate work Sponsorship for this position

  • AECOM encourages, but does not require, its employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. However, this position is on a project or a work site, which requires workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination will be required.

What We Offer

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

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 B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country Canada

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 257288BR

Additional Locations CA - Burnaby, BC - 3292 Production Way, CA - Mississauga, ON - 1000-5090 Explorer Drive, CA - Ottawa, ON - 1150 Morrison Dr, CA - Victoria, BC - 415 Gorge Rd E, CA - Whitby, ON - 300 Water St

Virtual: 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.