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Posted: 12/16/2016

Texas Historical Commission
Community Heritage Development

Architect/Preservation Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Austin, TX
$4584-$5,416 or $5,416-$6,065


JOB OBJECTIVE: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

1.      Meet with building owners to establish design needs.

2.      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.

3.      Oversee or determine functional and spatial requirements of new structures or renovations; and prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, and equipment.

4.      Provide preservation and architectural advice in conformance with The Secretary of the Interiors Standards.

Complete Design Renderings and Field Reports

5.      Oversee or utilize freehand sketching, computer and graphic resources to effectively and efficiently convey design and preservation concepts or solutions.

6.      Oversee or develop preservation and architectural advice, concepts, and renderings in conformance with The Secretary of the Interiors Standards.

7.      Design recommendations for maintaining, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings, public spaces and districts to facilitate preservation and economic revitalization.

8.      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.

9.      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.

10.   Demonstrate ability to research facts and analyze a situation before reaching design decisions.

11.   Design and plan layout of projects, including preparing general drawings and limited specification documents.

12.   When appropriate coordinate the consultation and recommendations with Architecture Division review staff.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
REMARKS (Application procedures, Special requirements): State of Texas application must be submitted through the Work In Texas website at www.workintexas.com. You must have a Work In Texas profile in order to login and complete the application. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact your local Work in Texas office. Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection. Resumes will NOT be accepted in place of a completed application.
Jada Louhela
Phone: 512-936-2048
PO Box 12276
Austin, TX 78711

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