Ref: KP556-662

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Job Summary
The Lead Architect leads the architectural design activities of medium and high-complexity projects. She/He works closely with Project Managers for the review and validation of design deliverables and monitors the checking and reviews of all design phases and ensures the proper implementation of all related adjustments and revisions. The job holder conducts design value engineering in coordination with the Project Manager and design teams. He supports the Project Manager with budget, schedule, client, technical, and quality management activities on projects.

Key Responsibilities
• Lead discussions with clients to determine criteria guiding design, including budgets, preferences, etc.
• Coordinate with the concept design teams for concept designs of high complexity, as needed
• Guide the refinement of selected design options into schematic and draft final designs, including all required drawings and reports
• Coordinate with other design specializations (e.g. Structural, Mechanical, Water & Environment) to coordinate design requirements across disciplines for projects of high complexity across all design stages (schematic, detailed), as needed
• Closely work with stakeholders for design value engineering for projects of high complexity, as needed
• Closely work with Project Managers for the review and validation of design deliverables for projects of medium to high complexity with clients and authorities, capturing feedback and obtaining approvals, as needed
• Closely work with the Quantity Surveying Department for the development of tender documents, including specifications, Bills of Quantities, and Conditions of Contract, and provide support during the tender process, as needed
• Closely work with project teams for reviewing design deliverables of design projects of medium complexity, including conducting detailed reviews and checks and the issuing of checking reports, as needed
• Support Project Managers in developing, reviewing, and updating work programs and man-hour estimates and in managing changes in project scope, schedule, or budgets, as needed
• Support Project Managers in managing project budgets, resource allocation, and project schedules, as needed
• Support Project Managers in managing project contractual risks, as needed
• Support Project Managers in managing external suppliers and subcontracts and in ensuring the adherence of their deliverables with the project scope, schedule, and budget
• Assist Project Managers in monitoring and managing the projects’ budget and schedule, as needed
• Provide support to Project Managers in developing periodic progress reports, as needed
• Assist Project Managers with implementing quality control policies and procedures on design deliverables and conduct peer reviews on team members’ deliverables
• Support during the supervision stage, as needed, including responding to RFIs and solving design conflicts, in coordination with local design support teams


Qualifications, Skills, and Experience Required to Execute this Role
• Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture
• A Master’s Degree in Architecture or a related field is preferred
• 15+ years of industry experience in an architectural design function
• Strong experience and track record in developing architectural designs for large and complex projects
• In-depth knowledge and proven track record in the architectural design field
• Understanding of international engineering standards and codes
• Exposure to global best practices and trends in the architectural design
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
• Proven leadership, problem-solving and strong attention to detail
• Proficiency in spoken and written English and Arabic

About the Company

Khatib & Alami, a multidisciplinary urban regional planning, architectural and engineering consulting company, offers clients an integrated approach toward the ever-increasing need for reliable project delivery systems. In-house expertise and the continuous recruitment of bright and innovative professionals enable us to meet the challenges of development with due consideration to environmental protection, social and economic characteristics of society. In close concert with clients, we have been able to consolidate factors that make the resultant project coincide with the client's vision within the time frame and budget set out for implementation.

K&A started its consulting services in Lebanon and extended the areas of its professional activities in accordance with the growth of its experience, and its human and financial resources. The company operates in various countries including Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, State of Kuwait, Kingdom of Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Sudan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, Gabon and USA. K&A employs around 4,000 professionals and technicians. Since 1984, K&A has continuously ranked among the top 100 International Design firms as published by Engineering News Record (ENR). K&A has also obtained the ISO 9001:2000 certification for its Quality Management System (QMS).

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