Perform complex (journey-level) architectural work for the Texas Historical Commission (THC) Community Heritage Development Division. This position is part of the agencys Texas Main Street Program, a preservation-based, downtown revitalization effort with a 35-year track record of assisting Texas communities of various sizes. The design staff provide architectural assistance in the area of historic preservation to building owners across nearly 90 official Texas Main Street communities. This position undertakes building condition assessments, conceptual design, and recommendations to assist preservation-based projects so that local, small-scale, and high-quality real estate development becomes more achievable in historic Texas downtowns. †
Design staff provide tailored urban design, preservation, architectural, and landscape design services with an emphasis on historic commercial and civic buildings or public spaces to local officials, private property owners, developers and colleagues. Research and provide technical expertise in all areas of historic building maintenance, rehabilitation, or restoration and for infill construction within historic districts. Preservation, construction, architectural and urban design expertise is desired for this position along with a passion for providing community assistance and revitalizing historic places.
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. This position works with other members of the program team, including an architect and designers, economic development and city planning professionals. The Main Street Architect may plan, assign and coordinate work projects as well as mentor and guide other design staff. The position works under general supervision and direction of the Texas Main Street Program state coordinator with latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
On-site Preservation Consultations
Meet with building owners to establish design needs.
Inspect public spaces and buildings, prepare designs and consult on maintenance, repair and historic preservation of buildings and compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Texas Accessibility Standards.
Oversee or determine functional and spatial requirements of new structures or renovations; and prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, and equipment.
Provide preservation and architectural advice in conformance with The Secretary of the Interiors Standards.
Complete Design Renderings and Field Reports
Oversee or utilize freehand sketching, computer and graphic resources to effectively and efficiently convey design and preservation concepts or solutions.
Oversee or develop preservation and architectural advice, concepts, and renderings in conformance with The Secretary of the Interiors Standards.
Design recommendations for maintaining, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings, public spaces and districts to facilitate preservation and economic revitalization.
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.
Oversee or utilize design recommendations and reports as a tool for persuading managers and property owners about the historic significance of their property and community and the desirability and feasibility for preservation outcomes.
Demonstrate ability to research facts and analyze a situation before reaching design decisions.
Design and plan layout of projects, including preparing general drawings and limited specification documents.
When appropriate coordinate the consultation and recommendations with Architecture Division review staff.
Training and Education
Train city officials, public and private building owners, the general public and Main Street boards and committees in Main Street communities, at conferences and group trainings.
Communicate design concepts, THC procedures, and Main Street methods.
Exhibit enthusiasm and passion for historic preservation principles encouraging a high standard of excellence in Main Street communities.
Maintain effective and productive relationships with Main Street Managers.
Provide training for Main Street managers in all areas of design, including history of architecture, public improvements, preservation, urban design, sustainability and more.
Provide information about design issues such as architecture, urban design and building rehabilitation.
Work with Main Streets to enhance understanding and appreciation for historic roads and highways as cultural landscapes.
Encourage diversity in preservation programs, workshops and other activities.
Support Main Street communities in pursuing Certified Local Government status.
Train Main Streets in the use of tax credits so that they can promote and assist in their use locally.
Develop training topics to local governments through webinars that also support professional credit when possible.
Preservation Issues, Knowledge and Expertise
Pursue knowledge of preservation issues, techniques, and trends for their potential ramifications on Main Street communities and property owners.
Conduct special studies, reducing facts to specific findings, and recommend solutions.
Provide design expertise and serve on other agency committees.
Participate in resource teams for new cities; planning and completing reports such as design section of resource team manuals and others for local audiences with only a general knowledge of architecture and preservation.
Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.
Perform other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met):
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a professional Architecture degree.† Graduate level or professional historic preservation, real estate development, or urban design experience if combined with construction experience or a pre-professional Architecture degree may be substituted for a professional Architecture degree;
- Work experience utilizing urban revitalization principles and public place making techniques and procedures as well as historic materials and construction techniques;
- Experience in the use of standard tools of the profession and inter