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Senior Architect

2001 Sheppard Ave E suite 300, North York, ON M2J 4Z8, Canada ● 230 Brownlow Ave, Dartmouth, NS B3B 0G5, Canada ● 436 Westmount Ave, Sudbury, ON P3A 5Z8, Canada Req #522
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Your difference is the difference

Do you love to develop and share great ideas? Do you believe your insights can drive people forward? Do you appreciate working with others and building on mutual successes? Perfect. We do, too.

As an employee-owned company, we foster a culture where our people can thrive – and by thrive, we mean a place where you can share your ingenuity, express your difference, and grow in your very own way. Whatever your area, no matter your grade, your unique skills and perspective will help drive change from operations to the C-suite, across a wide of range of projects and channels.

Are you ready to build a future that’s uniquely yours? Join our award-winning team and make a difference that defines you.

RVA is seeking a Senior Architect to join their Architectural team in a full-time permanent position. This role can be located in the Halifax, Sudbury or Toronto office.

Role Description:

You will be responsible for the development and coordination of design, construction documents, specifications, and construction administration as well as the coordination of subconsultants. Most importantly, the Senior Architect will work closely with clients to develop a full understanding of their needs and expectations while ensuring that the final design is cost-effective while also maintaining the integrity of their vision.

Project Management:


  • Assist the Architectural Discipline Lead in pursuing new work including participation in client presentations.
  • Provide oversight in the planning, implementation, execution, and evaluation of project phases.
  • Comply with accepted project management methodology; document and manage scope, work effort, budget, cost controls, schedules, etc.
  • Prioritize, manage, and work on multiple projects and deadlines if required.




  • Perform specific project building design and development tasks, including programming, reports, drawings, calculations, cost estimates, and specifications.
  • Oversee, develop, and guide design conception, design detailing and production of presentation materials.
  • Lead development of construction documents and follow up with design work as drawings and construction progress.
  • Support other architects with ensuring design continuity.
  • Respond to client questions and comments, review contractor submittals, and provide clarifications during construction.




  • Act as an expert resource within discipline for delivery requirements, e.g. reports, studies, etc.
  • Review and understand drawings prepared by other disciplines and communicate with those disciplines to ensure project documents are completely coordinated.
  • Support in site coordination, work with contractors in solving construction and site issues.
  • Oversee and lead the production of architectural drawings and models.
  • Support in maintaining and managing all project documentation related architectural design and contract administration.
  • Guide contract administration and work effectively with contractors to resolve construction/ site issues.
  • Perform effective analysis of applicable building codes, by-laws and other regulations and technical documents / reports to which a project may be subject.
  • When assigned, supervise, coordinate, and review the work of other architects, intern architects, designers Revit, CADD, renderings programs technicians.
  • Utilization of Revit for production of design documents and contract documentation; ability to perform quality assurance and quality control of the documentation process; redlining and ensuring that revisions are implemented.


People Level Responsibilities:


  • Improve design skills of the team and ensure implementation of skills on a project by sharing expert knowledge of current design techniques, building systems, design trends and developments and providing insight, information and recommendation on sector and discipline trends.
  • Inspire and motivate; collaborates across teams.
  • Provide oversight, quality assurance and review work produced by team members to ensure that RVA standards are being met.
  • Assist in determining project staffing requirements.
  • Mentor team member by identifying areas for improvement in their work through teaching and coaching.
  • Motivate staff by engaging their creativity and recognizing achievement.
  • Role model behaviour and expectations for quality of work.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and registration as an Architect with OAA or  NSAA.
  • 10+ years of progressively responsible experience in Architecture.
  • Self-starter with good problem-solving ability.
  • Strong ability to develop innovative design concepts to meet functional goals within the project budget.
  • Experience with business development and proposal preparation is an asset.
  • Experience with Revit, CAD, Adobe Creative Suite, 3D visualization SketchUp and other graphic software is an asset.
  • Experience with transportation projects would be a definite asset.
  • Thorough knowledge of Canadian building codes and standards.
  • Proven experience managing multiple projects simultaneously, utilizing effective prioritization and time management skills to meet competing deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients and all levels of staff in a collaborative team environment.
  • Experience mentoring and overseeing work of more junior staff, ensuring accuracy and quality standards.
  • Experience in dealing with governmental agencies, building codes, and zoning ordinances.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with coworkers, clients, consultants, and contractors, or other authorities having jurisdiction as required.
  • Knowledge of professional ethics applying to the practice of architecture.

Your better starts here

We don’t settle for less, and neither should you. As it happens, offering great benefits to our people is entirely possible: the numbers work out. Happy teams mean happy clients. It’s just that simple. From recruitment to flexibility, learning to leadership, wellness to inclusion, we give our people the tools they need to outperform in their careers and build lasting connections with our clients, our culture, and each other.

  • Competitive compensation packages and performance-based bonuses
  • Health, paramedical, vision, and dental coverage
  • A flexible vacation policy that lets you determine your time off based on your other responsibilities and needs
  • Top-up plans for new and expecting parents
  • Firm-paid holidays, summer and winter breaks, and other leaves of absence that cover everything from extra family time, jury duty, or even completing a degree
  • RVA Group Pension Plan with match
  • Global Travel Assist Program that provides emergency out-of-country medical protection for you and your eligible family members on personal and business trips
  • Access to a variety of free services (e.g., employee and family assistance programs, nutrition advice, caregiver support) and employee discounts (e.g., sports and entertainment tickets, major brands, insurance plans)
  • Flexible and alternative work arrangements around core hours, including telecommuting and work-from-home options

Diversity, Inclusion, and Accommodations:  

At RVA, we are committed to fostering a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate. RVA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers applicants without regard to age, race, colour, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, religion, creed, marital status, disability, or any other protected status. If you require any special accommodations, please advise Human Resources. Any information received relating to accommodations will be treated as confidential.

Location on Google Maps
  • 2001 Sheppard Ave E suite 300, North York, ON M2J 4Z8, Canada
  • 230 Brownlow Ave, Dartmouth, NS B3B 0G5, Canada
  • 436 Westmount Ave, Sudbury, ON P3A 5Z8, Canada