Workforce

A productive, diverse, culturally competent, and engaged workforce is essential to the future of the architecture profession. To foster this outcome, the AIA will broaden its view of the opportunities and challenges related to workforce development, and provide a more cohesive and structured approach to identify key catalysts in the areas of market demand, employment capacity, education, work experience, compensation, on-the-job training, career outlook, and organizational culture.

Risk Strategies

Each year, in partnership with AIA Middle TN, Risk Strategies, presents an all-day seminar on legal issues and risks in the construction field, and how to best mitigate those risks. The seminars are typically held in December. If you have any questions regarding the Annual Risk Strategies Roadshow, please contact us.

University Relations

AIA is dedicated to promoting the accountability of schools offering professional degree programs in architecture for better preparing their students to become architects upon graduation.

Job Board

Have an opening at your Firm? Looking to hire qualified talent in Middle Tennessee? All AIA Middle Tennessee members are given complimentary job postings to the AIA Middle Tennessee Job Board. The majority of your firm leaders must be members of AIA to post for free.

 

Looking for work?  We often get calls from firms looking to hire from the resumes that we have on hand at the office.  See current job listings below. For non-local opportunities, please submit to the AIA Career Center.

Qualifications to include:• Degree in Architecture.• 10+ years’ experience in the Architecture field with a history of leading complicated projects.• Prepare schematics, design development and construction documents.• Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in the English language.• Ability to effectively interact with clients and consultants.• Must exhibit initiative, responsibility, flexibility and leadership.• Strong in architectural design and coordination.• Strong BIM/Revit background.• Ideally possess strong graphic skills such as SketchUp, Photoshop, InDesign, etc.• Desirable skills include Revit (BIM), AutoCAD, 3D modeling; SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite, and rendering capabilities.• Experience writing specifications.• Experience with Construction Administration.Kline Swinney Associates (KSA) is an architectural design firm in Nashville, Tennessee. KSA has evolved from a firm founded in 1956. Projects include various types from federal, state, and municipal government work to retail malls and centers, from schools, daycares, multi-level condominiums, and main corporate offices to performing arts centers and laboratories. Project sizes range from small individual buildings to $400,000,000 complexes.We seek to add to our team to keep up with demand and prepare for the future. This person will work directly under a principal and will immediately become involved in the design process and preparation of contract documents. You will participate in client, code official, and general contractor meetings and will be involved in all aspects of project delivery.KSA is highly interested in hard-working, creative, and productive individuals who wish to develop into a future partnership position.We are interested in talking with you if you are looking for a demanding yet laid-back environment with flexible work hours.Kline Swinney Associates is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regard to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Kline Swinney Associates offers competitive rates.

Qualifications to include:• Degree in Architecture.• 10+ years’ experience in the Architecture field with a history of leading complicated projects.• Prepare schematics, design development and...

College of Architecture and Design Regular Full-time, Market Range 10 The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design is looking for an Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship. The Assistant Director will lead the college’s annual giving initiatives, such as contacting alumni for donations, managing stewardship activities, and assisting with the coordination of alumni and donor events. The person in this role must be able to work independently and be self-directed to manage job responsibilities, exercise good judgement, remain organized, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and be able to analyze and respond to complex situations and tasks. The work and information handled is of a nature regularly requiring confidentiality and the exercise of discretion. This position is one of responsibility and trust, with high standards of integrity and professionalism. The successful candidates will possess a high level of organizational ability, be creative and self-directed in their approach to projects and tasks. The Assistant Director must be able to manage multiple simultaneous tasks/projects requiring follow-through, make critical judgements and timely decisions about their workload, and meet deadlines once established. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively with multiple audiences including donors, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Additional duties and qualifications are listed below. The College of Architecture and Design is committed to excellence in design education, creative activity, research, and outreach missions. The College is comprised of Schools of Architecture, Design, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture. These four schools contribute to an engaged community of 745 undergraduate and graduate students, 47 full time faculty, 15 part time faculty, and 20 members of the administrative staff. The College of Architecture and Design is one of 11 academic colleges at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Research-1, land-grant university that houses 900+ programs of study. Through this job search, the college aims to further establish a professional, well-functioning, and strategic administrative team; one whose members are given professional development and career support while they are encouraged to take ownership of their responsibilities. Team members look for ways to improve the administrative approach as they become subject matter experts and effective project managers for the college’s advancement team.  College leadership is interested in building an environment around the college’s goal of making design education for our students as vivid as possible  
 
 Assistant Director Duties Annual Giving:
  • Effectively manage a portfolio of annual and mid-level donor prospects, complete a determined number of donor visits and contacts (in-person, phone, email & Zoom) per year to meet outreach and dollar goals, and building/strengthening relationships resulting in progressively increased engagement and giving levels.
  • Identify key opportunities for volunteer cultivation and engagement, determining key relationships to build, and matching interest with need and ability; the officer will also focus on solicitations, retention and increased level of giving to and within the leadership levels.
  • Provide support as COAD's point person for UTK annual giving initiatives such as; Big Orange Give, Big Orange Family Give, Senior Impact.
Stewardship:
  • As the primary touch point for stewardship activities, such as endowment reports, scholarship recipient/donor lunches and use of fund reports; the Assistant Director works with COAD faculty and staff to steward donated funds in a timely manner and make sure funds are used appropriately as agreed upon in the gift agreement.
  • Responsible for preparing and implementing individualized stewardship plans for high level donors, in coordination with the office of stewardship, as well as creating and managing specialized stewardship initiatives.
Event Coordination
  • Collaborates with the college's event manager to provide support for events on behalf of the College of Architecture and Design, including alumni tailgates, special receptions, luncheon meetings, etc.
  • Provides planning and management for college-wide alumni events, including event logistics (room reservation, catering arrangements, facility and media setup) and administrative support, including but not limited to, name badges, presentation materials, etc.
  • Provides support and coordination of other events in which advancement participates.
  • Provides briefing material for dean with background information and data related to all donors in attendance.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Three years, or more, of relevant experience in alumni affairs, donor relations, event coordination or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • High level of understanding of the most recent technology to effectively utilize university systems.
  • Relevant experience in multiple specialty areas, including extensive experience working collaboratively with other office professionals, faculty, staff, students, guests, and external partners.
  • Exceptionally strong oral and written communication skills, including editing and writing experience across long- and short-form pieces.
  • Strong project management skills with proven ability to meet deadline in a fast-paced environment.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree preferred
  • Expertise in multiple specialty communications areas (design, writing, strategy, etc.)
  • Experience in alumni affairs, donor relations, or event coordination at an institute of higher-education, government agency, or company.
Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. For full consideration, interested individuals should provide a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to the required minimum qualifications, a resume, and complete contact information for three professional references. The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience. The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including reduced tuition for employee’s dependents that attend college in the University of Tennessee system. The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.  

College of Architecture and Design Regular Full-time, Market Range 10 The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design is looking for an Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Stewardsh...

HMK Architects is looking to add an individual seeking licensure in architecture or interior design to our Nashville area team! 1-5yrs experience preferred. We have a modern, open working environment with significant opportunity to grow and collaborate. If you are looking for a job with the opportunity to learn the craft of designing buildings and spaces and have a direct impact on communities both locally and around the country, this is it!   Minimum Requirements: Ability to think creatively and work through challenging situations Willingness to learn on the job Desire for professional growth Good written and oral communication skills minimum: Bachelor of Architecture, Interior Architecture, or Interior Design Experience with Autodesk Revit   Preferred: Previous experience in an architect or interior designer's office, and/or construction experience Proficiency with Autodesk Revit Proficiency with Adobe Suite (primarily Photoshop and InDesign) 3D visualization experience (primarily Enscape) If this sounds like you, please apply!

HMK Architects is looking to add an individual seeking licensure in architecture or interior design to our Nashville area team! 1-5yrs experience preferred. We have a modern, open working environment ...

Powell is currently seeking a full-time Architect Project Manager with 5+ years of experience with at least 2-3 years in a leadership position on projects. Powell provides a collaborative atmosphere between architects, interior designers, construction managers, and superintendents in our design-build firm.   We encourage applicants that: Have a flexible, positive attitude and the ability to process change (positive or negative) calmly and effectively. Enjoy working on projects that vary in both scope and complexity, as you will typically be managing 1-3 projects simultaneously. Take pride in knowing that your creativity and expertise will provide a unique and functionally beautiful experience for clients. Manage scope, budgets, and project timelines that contribute to the overall culture and success of Powell.   About Powell Powell is an award-winning architecture, interiors, and construction firm based in Nashville, Tennessee. Our collaborative studio is a collective of architects, interior designers, and contractors, unified in a vision to create inspired, transformative design and seamless boutique construction. We specialize in hospitality, commercial, retail, and residential experiences, infusing each with collaborations from the local creative maker community to bring each space to life. Through our integrated design-build process, Powell combines the diverse elements of architecture, interior design, construction, and craft into a single client-focused service.   You are: Passionate about your craft Self- Motivated Team Player Efficient and Focused Detail Oriented   You have: 5 Year Bachelor’s Degree or Masters Degree in Architecture Experience creating, developing, and maintaining drawing sets Excellent Client Communication and Presentation Skills Licensure Preferred   Technologies we use: Revit (Proficiency is a must) Smartsheet Adobe Creative Suite (Proficiency is a must) Plangrid Bluebeam Lumion

Powell is currently seeking a full-time Architect Project Manager with 5+ years of experience with at least 2-3 years in a leadership position on projects. Powell provides a collaborative atmosphere b...

Rufus Johnson Associates is seeking a talented and experienced Project Manager to join our team. We are looking for a creative and technically skilled team player that is passionate about architecture and design. A successful candidate should have the ability to actively participate in all phases of a project, from programming and conceptual design through technical documentation and construction.   Qualifications and Experience: · 7+ years of architectural experience preferred. · Bachelor or Master’s Degree in Architecture. · Licensed Architect required. The ability to become licensed in the State of Tennessee is expected · LEED AP BC+D preferred, or willingness to seek accreditation. · Experience in education (K-12, Higher Ed), government and municipal projects, sports, correctional work, and healthcare are all a plus. · Experienced in preparing contracts and negotiating project scope, schedule. · Detail-oriented, articulate. · Motivated and energetic leader willing to take initiative, with a "can-do" attitude. Eagerness to fulfilling the commitments of the Design Team. · Ability to manage client and consultant relationships. · Ability to oversee production, direct, inspire and mentor more junior staff. · Excellent working knowledge of architectural design documentation, detailing, building materials and codes, construction techniques, as well as building material compatibility and characteristics. · Practical knowledge of general architecture practice including programming, site planning, and structural concepts · Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team.   Skills: · Proficient in use of Autodesk Revit and familiarity with related tools and process. · Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Bluebeam proficiency. · Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Enscape, 3-D Studio Max experience is a plus. · Excellent written and communication skills. · Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. · Must have experience in preparation and layout of architectural contract documents and specifications. · Strong knowledge of codes and good planning skills. · Ability to lead projects in a dual management role as needed. · Experience in business development, marketing & client presentations is a plus. · Demonstrated graphic presentation skills.   Why RJA? We are a small studio of well-rounded designers who combine creativity with real-world expectations, to create great spaces. We focus on projects that we are passionate about, being selective of the commissions we undertake, and have a broad resume of project types.   Our office is in Clarksville, Tennessee, just 35 minutes from downtown Nashville. Clarksville is the second-fastest-growing Metropolitan Statistical Area and was voted as the #1 place to live in the nation by Money.com in 2019. In 2018, Clarksville was identified as one of the top 250 fastest-growing cities in the nation and is currently the 5th largest city in the state. For more information on our community, please visit: https://www.clarksvillechamber.com/chamber/community/

Rufus Johnson Associates is seeking a talented and experienced Project Manager to join our team. We are looking for a creative and technically skilled team player that is passionate about architecture...

Rufus Johnson Associates is seeking an Architecture Design Professional to join our team. We are looking for a creative and enthusiastic team player that is passionate about learning the practice of architecture and design. A successful candidate will have the opportunity to actively participate in all phases of a project, from programming and conceptual design through technical documentation and construction.   Qualifications and Experience: · Architectural design experience is a plus. · Bachelor or Master’s Degree in Architecture. · Currently seeking licensure, either already enrolled or capable of enrolling in the NCARB AXP (Architectural Experience Program). · Willingness to seek accreditation as a LEED AP BC+D. · General understanding of architectural and engineering systems, products, building materials, and specifications · Detail-oriented, articulate. · Motivated and energetic attitude, willing to take initiative. · Eagerness to participate in fulfilling the commitments of the Design Team. · A sincere commitment to client satisfaction.   Skills: · Proficient in use of Autodesk Revit and familiarity with related tools and process. · Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Bluebeam proficiency. · Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Enscape, 3-D Studio Max experience is a plus. · Good written and communication skills. · Good analytical and problem-solving skills.   Responsibilities: · Prepares architectural plans, renderings, three-dimensional models, and construction documents. · Develop architectural solutions to problems. · Prepares reports and assists in writing architectural specifications. · Assists in design presentations and business development efforts.   Why RJA? We are a small studio of well-rounded designers who combine creativity with real-world expectations, to create great spaces. We focus on projects that we are passionate about, being selective of the commissions we undertake, and have a broad resume of project types.   Our office is in Clarksville, Tennessee, just 35 minutes from downtown Nashville. Clarksville is the second-fastest-growing Metropolitan Statistical Area and was voted as the #1 place to live in the nation by Money.com in 2019. In 2018, Clarksville was identified as one of the top 250 fastest-growing cities in the nation and is currently the 5th largest city in the state. For more information on our community, please visit: https://www.clarksvillechamber.com/chamber/community/

Rufus Johnson Associates is seeking an Architecture Design Professional to join our team. We are looking for a creative and enthusiastic team player that is passionate about learning the practice of a...

Posted 2 years ago
ESa is looking for as many as two Project Managers with experience in the Senior Living sector to participate in all project phases, with a focus on managing and leading Programming, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Specifications. Advanced knowledge of programming relationships for Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Behavioral Health projects is preferred.   ESa values a positive attitude, personal integrity, a strong work ethic, and a team mentality as we look to grow our talented family of employees. ESa offers a competitive salary, a well-rounded benefits plan, and a team atmosphere.   Desired Skills & Experience: Bachelors, or Master’s degree in Architecture is required. 7 – 10 years of relevant experience with a collaborative work style in the senior living sector is preferred. Ability to work with and lead an extended design team including consultants, contractors, regulatory agencies, and other vendors to meet overall project objectives. Experience in renovation, renovation/additions, and new construction projects of varying sizes is best. Proficiency in Revit, BIM 360, Bluebeam, Office Suite programs, and writing / editing specifications is needed. Proficiency with the International Building Code, FGI Residential Health, Care and Support Facilities Guidelines, and other applicable state health and accessibility jurisdiction requirements.

ESa is looking for as many as two Project Managers with experience in the Senior Living sector to participate in all project phases, with a focus on managing and leading Programming, Schematic Design,...

Posted 2 years ago
Sailer Design is seeking a creative, collaborative, detailed, organized, and motivated drafter with 1-2 or more years of RESIDENTIAL experience to join our talented team. THIS IS AN IN-PERSON JOB IN NOLENSVILLE, TENNESSEE. NOT REMOTE. Please do not apply if you don't live in the Middle Tennessee area.   Sailer Design is a small, boutique Residential Architecture firm located just outside of Nashville, TN serving the high-end custom and builder home market. Many of our homes can be found in The Grove and Troubadour in Williamson County. Projects range from 4,000 square feet to over 10,000 square feet. Our firm size and the way we work allows our staff to develop projects from the early stages of design through the completion of construction. We believe your professional growth is better when you are involved in all aspects of the project, cultivating an understanding of how to creatively and effectively provide solutions for our clients. Must have a degree in architecture from an accredited college.

Sailer Design is seeking a creative, collaborative, detailed, organized, and motivated drafter with 1-2 or more years of RESIDENTIAL experience to join our talented team. THIS IS AN IN-PERSON JOB IN N...

Smith Gee Studio is seeking a licensed (or on path to licensure) designer with a professional degree in architecture from an accredited program and at least 5 years of related working experience. The candidate will be responsible for specific technical design aspects of assigned project(s), including investigation, evaluation, and recommendation of the design solutions that best meet the client’s needs. They may provide professional architectural consultation in the planning, design and coordination of large complex projects. They would also be expected to work well in a collaborative team-oriented environment and have proactive communication skills. The ideal candidate will be able to independently apply advanced architectural design concepts, carry out complex or novel assignments requiring the development of new or improved techniques and procedures, and may provide mentorship and technical guidance to less experienced team members.   Qualifications: • Ability to lead the design and drawing process • Developed skill sets in design and construction documentation & able to teach others • Ability to coordinate with team members, sub-consultants, vendors, and stakeholders • Ability to review own work and work of designers • Assist and guide designers • Demonstrate all of the key requirements of teamwork   About Smith Gee Studio Collaboration, Community, and Exceptional Design. You’ll find them in everything we do — from our projects to our office culture, to our passion for making improvements in our communities. Our work environment is a key to our success. It’s a collaborative, creative, trusting, and fun atmosphere, where people are given plenty of opportunities to grow their skills and take on greater responsibility. We are always interested in meeting motivated, detail-oriented people who share our passion for creating great places to live, work and play. We offer competitive salaries and a full range of benefits including healthcare, 401(k) plans, continuing education allowances, 4 weeks of paid time off per year, and paid parental leave.

Smith Gee Studio is seeking a licensed (or on path to licensure) designer with a professional degree in architecture from an accredited program and at least 5 years of related working experience. The ...

Seeking Highly Motivated and Detail Oriented Candidates J Clark Architecture & Design is a small Architectural Firm in need of a qualified draftsman to complete our team.  We are looking for someone who is adaptable and flexible.  The candidate should be willing to complete tasks in a timely manner while still focusing on the details. We provide a competitive salary based on experience, benefits, and paid parking. The hours will be M-F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  We are located in Clarksville, TN. Skills Required: • Must be Proficient in Revit and AutoCAD • Excellent organizational and communication skills • Experience & knowledge in building codes and construction standards • Proficient in conceptual building and site design • Proficient in design presentation • Construction documentation and construction administration • Ability to be flexible • Commercial/industrial experience is a plus • Must be computer savvy and a fast learner • This is not an entry level position Benefits include: • 7 Paid Holidays, Paid Time Off, & Vacation • Individual Retirement Account - with up to 3% match • Paid Parking • Life Insurance • Small Office Environment (Waiting period may apply to some of the benefits above)

Seeking Highly Motivated and Detail Oriented Candidates J Clark Architecture & Design is a small Architectural Firm in need of a qualified draftsman to complete our team.  We are looking for some...

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