Ackerman Estvold
  • Fargo, ND, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time


Senior Architect oversees multiple projects, assembling design proposals, leading design, and specification efforts, managing staff, quality assurance/quality control of construction documents, and completing projects from design through construction. Senior architect serves as client managers, while actively leading business development efforts and preparing proposals and presentations to win projects.


Take a leadership role in all phases of design: schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding and negotiation, and construction administration.

Supervisory or lead responsibility over a group of architects or designers.

Initiate business development efforts to advance project development and effectively cross-sell services.

Manage client relationship at the social, technical, and contract level.

Make independent decisions on architectural problems and methods.

Apply skills to minimize risks and vulnerabilities and seek means to improve efficiencies and reduce costs.

Reviews and approves all work performed under his/her supervision.

Participate in internal quality assurance/quality control processes.

Supervises the preparation and checks the accuracy of contract documents.

Provide leadership and motivation to a team that is performing a sequence of tasks to meet milestones.

Assemble design proposals and execute design contracts, incorporating necessary scope and consultants for a financially successful project, in cooperation with managing principal.

Manage financial and time performance metrics of project.


A bachelor's or master's degree in architecture with North Dakota, South Dakota, and/or Minnesota registration, or the ability to obtain licensure upon employment, with at least 15 years of successful post-graduate design and consulting experience.

Managed multiple projects of various types and scales at the same time with varying timelines and delivered successful projects on schedule.

Have outstanding time management skills and can prioritize various tasks and team resources throughout the course of projects to maintain reasonable workloads for the team.

You understand efficiency and effectiveness, while maintaining the standard of service to clients.

You understand and can manage the financial metrics for successful completion and performance of projects.

You go the extra mile to make sure projects are completed on time and on budget and are in the trenches with team members to facilitate progress on projects.

Successfully worked in teams and have outstanding listening and communication skills.

Strong conceptual design skills and ability to communicate the design; fluency in SketchUp, Photoshop, and/or Illustrator is preferred.

Have strong technical skills and production experience using AutoCAD (required) and Revit (preferred).

Demonstrate a high degree of competence, capabilities, and architectural experience resulting from progressive responsibilities.

Are a technical expert regarding specialized designs, building materials & methods, and will offer firm-wide support for a seamless design process.

Advanced understanding of building codes, zoning ordinances, and standards.

Solid knowledge of construction materials, cost estimating, and writing specifications.

You advocate proactively for the field of Architecture and enjoy sharing knowledge, presenting, and encouraging students to explore it as a career.


This position is in our Fargo, ND office; however occasional travel to other locations and business conferences may be required on an occasional basis.

You enjoy a position that allows you flexibility to design and build solutions for clients that impact our local communities.

You can engage team members in challenging projects and mentor them in their development.

You like the responsibility that comes from working with a team of professionals in a fast-paced environment.

You are driven by integrity, quality, and industry-leading strategies.

You seek opportunities that achieve bottom line results for both clients and the company.

You value a fun working environment that helps you succeed.

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