Registered Architect, Industrial / Commercial

Illinois - Downers Grove
Rail – Cedar Street Architecture /
Full Time (40) /
*Cedar Street Architecture (CSA) is a TKDA affiliate firm that specializes in providing design services for rail facilities nationwide for Class I railroads, transit and commuter rail agencies, municipalities, and private industry. The project portfolio for Cedar Street Architecture (CSA) can be accessed at 

If you are an enthusiastic Architect with an entrepreneurial-spirt and an interest in commercial and industrial facilities, consider joining our team as a Project Architect in Downers Grove, IL! Our office is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Downers Grove close to restaurants, shops and just one block from the BNSF line train station.

As a member of our employee-owned and integrated multi-discipline team, you will collaborate with talented and innovative design and engineering professionals, and you will contribute to and lead the design efforts for a variety of new or renovated facilities for the Food and Beverage industry, Class I Railroads and Mass Transit organizations throughout the country. 

As a Project Architect on our team, you will be responsible for developing schematic designs, assisting with specification preparation and edits, and preparing construction documentation. You will also serve as a Project Manager and be responsible for planning, coordinating, directing, and monitoring all aspects of a multi-disciplined project (construction cost estimates, fee estimates, budgets, schedules, and client expectations) from conceptual design through construction administration. You will also be involved with, and occasionally lead efforts to market services and develop business opportunities by identifying and tracking leads, cultivating and establishing client relationships, developing proposals, and preparing and delivering presentations.

Flexible / hybrid work arrangements (3 days in office / 2 days remote per week) will be considered for those who have demonstrated an ability to work successfully in a hybrid work environment by displaying self-motivation, initiative, teamwork, and strong communication skills.

Note: For this opportunity we are seeking an experienced design professional who resides within a reasonable / regular commuting distance of our office in Downers Grove, Illinois.  

Required Qualifications

    • NAAB accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree in architecture.
    • Professional registration, preferably with the State of Illinois and/or California.
    • Six to twelve years of progressive design experience with a preference towards commercial and / or industrial facilities.
    • Previous experience working on multi-disciplined project teams (including electrical, mechanical, and structural). 
    • Proficiency with AutoCAD; working knowledge of graphics applications including Sketch-Up, Photoshop, Illustrator, and In-Design is a plus.
    • Previous experience or demonstrated ability to manage multi-disciplined projects. 
    • Ability to apply effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills when developing proposals, preparing technical reports and documentation, and participating in or leading project team meetings.
    • Previous experience conducting site and facility assessments and performing construction observation and inspection services.  
    • Ability to travel to attend project meetings, conduct on-site consultations and assessments, and meet with team members at other TKDA office locations; Occasional overnight travel will be required.
    • Must possess a valid Driver’s License with a clean driving record.

Advantageous Qualifications

    • NCARB certification and/or registration in additional states.
    • Current affiliation or active membership with professional associations (AIA, CSI, ICC, etc.).
    • Proficiency with Revit and 3D Rending Software. 
    • Previous business development or client relations experience; Strong relations with key contacts at food and beverage facilities or Class I railroads / regional short line railroads is a plus.  
    • Working knowledge of regulatory agency requirements and permit application procedures.
Upon acceptance of a conditional offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete a standard pre-employment background screening, which consists of Social Security verification, educational verification, review of criminal convictions, and driving history.

Note: To be considered for this opportunity and to perform the assigned responsibilities, candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States and must be able to complete and pass any background, security, and drug test requests required by TKDA and/or CSA, clients, and state and/or federal agencies.

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