Performs complex (journey-level) architectural work for the Texas Historical Commission (THC) Community Heritage Development Division. Work involves providing assistance in office and field settings and taking a leadership role in encouraging preservation, in conformance with The Secretary of the Interiors Standards. Work under general supervision, with latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
This position will be part of the agencys Town Square Initiative, operating in affiliation with the Texas Main Street Program, a preservation-based downtown revitalization effort with a 35-year track record of assisting Texas communities of various sizes. The Town Square Initiative provides services to spur preservation-based projects so that local, small-scale, and high-quality real estate development becomes more achievable in historic Texas downtowns. Through a team-based approach, barriers to development are addressed, a market-driven perspective is prioritized and vacant and underutilized properties become desirable investment opportunities.
This position works with other members of the initiative team, including economic development and city planning professionals. The initiative works alongside the Texas Main Street Program to address development in historic downtowns that have already demonstrated a substantial commitment to historic preservation-based revitalization. Objectives are accomplished by providing specialized project assistance for vacant and underutilized properties with a focus on:
· Feasibility studies analyzing redevelopment potential
· Downtown planning strategies
· Increasing and influencing the market exposure of available historic properties
· Providing information, education, and resources on best practices that have a positive impact on decision-making
Design staff will provide tailored urban design, preservation, architectural, and landscape design services with an emphasis on historic commercial and civic buildings or public spaces to local and county public officials, private property owners, developers and colleagues. Real estate development, construction, or architectural and urban design expertise is required for this position along with a passion for providing community assistance and revitalizing historic places. The team will help the communities envision and articulate positive change, develop an implementation plan, and be responsible for assisting the city or organizations in achieving the desired revitalization results.
The position works under general supervision and direction of the Texas Main Street Program state coordinator.
1. Suggest design solutions to public officials and building owners working both independently and as part of a comprehensive design team.
2. Design recommendations for maintaining, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings, public spaces and districts to facilitate preservation and economic revitalization.
3. Prepare preliminary plans and studies to address layouts, access, parking, public spaces, architectural and streetscape elements and performs quality and quantity analyses of building materials.
4. Educate local program participants and property owners through in-person and written communications.
5. Assist with project design efforts within a collaborative team structure and contribute to the development of design concepts for architecture, planning and urban design projects or all types and scales.