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Posted: 12/21/2009


Staff Architect
Professional Opportunity
Cambridge, MA

ConstellationCenter will be one of the worlds finest performing arts centers. Combining four halls within one building, the center will enable optimal presentation of a wide range of performance events. Musical performances will range from classical music (from early music to new music), classical pipe and theater organ, to folk music, world music, gospel, and jazz; from Baroque opera to American musical theater to contemporary opera. ConstellationCenter will be home for more than 500 small to mid-sized cultural organizations seeking performance spaces  an institution created for, and managed with, the Greater Boston performing arts community  as well as a premier venue for events of international prominence.

Research is at the core of the project; representatives of the ConstellationCenter team have visited over 900 historic performance venues in Europe and North America and have made numerous discoveries about the acoustical effects of materials, room shapes, finishes, decorations, and other building elements. These findings have informed our planning and design process, and led to an optimal acoustic design for each of our four halls. The primary purpose of this research is to create a flexible facility with superb features that will inspire performers and render experiences of unsurpassed power and immediacy.

More information about ConstellationCenter can be found on the website at www.constellationcenter.org.

In order to achieve such a dramatic experience, research and excellence is demanded in every aspect of the project. As such, we are assembling a small team of in-house architects to develop a schematic design, working collaboratively with staff researchers at our offices in Cambridge. We are currently seeking talented Staff Architects to join our growing team and contribute to our exciting and dynamic project.

Our focus on excellence demands that all team members and consultants contribute equally to every aspect of the design process, and that all options are explored with rigor rather than simply received knowledge. In order to do so, successful candidates must be versed in all aspects of architectural practice from history, theory, and research to conceptual design and coordination; and should be comfortable working and contributing to an innovative exploratory process that involves many simultaneous avenues of research and design. Candidates must exhibit experience and interest in the historic and traditional preservation, design, approach, and practice of architecture and construction. Specifically, the successful candidate will contribute to studies of proportion, color, ornament, and pattern, and will be part of multi-disciplinary team that will devise a unique interpretation of historic precedent. In addition to possessing a broad depth of architectural knowledge and experience, successful candidates should also have a depth of cultural knowledge, experience, passion, and interest in the performing or cinematic arts to bring to bear on issues directly relevant to the project.

ConstellationCenter offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and full health care. The position is full time and available immediately.


Requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree in architecture and 10 or more years experience. Architectural registration is highly desirable.

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How to apply
Please send cover letter, resume, and sample work (in PDF format) to resumes@constellationcenter.org (8MB max). No phone calls please. Contact: resumes@constellationcenter.org http://www.constellationcenter.org

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